Anchorage women's shelter overwhelmed

Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A downtown Anchorage shelter for battered women and their children can't keep up with the demand.

Overcrowding has been a problem for months at the Abused Women's Aid in Crisis shelter, which was 65 percent over capacity on Sunday.

Shelter officials say they don't have an answer why they have been so busy since January.

To help with the overcrowding, the shelter has brought in cots, converted playrooms into bedrooms and asked the residents to be patient.

The shelter's executive director, Judy Cordell, sent an e-mail out to a long list of recipients, including at least one legislator. In it, she asks them about how to handle turning away women, something which she said is very dangerous.

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