FAIRBANKS - Freezing temperatures have arrived in Fairbanks but church groups are having trouble completing a plan to provide another shelter for homeless people.
Representatives of three churches met six weeks ago to address the need for a shelter that would accept anyone, including intoxicated people.
Organizer Cindy Fields says the proposed shelter would be a "drop-in center," not a housing facility. The center would offer simple first aid treatment and warm beverages.
Group members are working to gain nonprofit status, allowing them to collect donations.
Buildings reviewed so far do not meet zoning requirements for fire sprinklers and adequate bathrooms.
Seven people froze to death last year in Fairbanks.
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