Anchorage churches may take in homeless from cold

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly approved a plan to allow some churches and agencies to provide overnight shelter for the homeless when the temperatures drops below 32 degrees.

The cold weather plan approved Tuesday specifies the homeless may not be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Those people can go to inebriate receptions centers.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the assembly delayed another decision on how and when police can clear out homeless camps from parks and other city property. Current law permits eviction on 12 hours' notice. The ACLU has sued the city, and it's now considering a five-to-seven-day notice period.

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