Warming tents are available to the homeless community in the parking lot of the Sullivan Arena, according to Jasmine Boyle, Executive Director of Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH).
An approaching storm pattern is forecast to bring sustained winds of 30mph and gusts of 50-55mph to the Anchorage area as well as potential windchills as low as -25 degrees. Boyle says the city is not adding new warming locations at this time, but has been preparing the arena as it’s been the inflow point for the homeless population over the past year.
Any families with children in their physical custody who need shelter should call 211, and it is recommended that others who need shelter seek access to the emergency shelter at Sullivan, who will also help transfer people to other locations if necessary, said Boyle.
When asked how vulnerable citizens living on the streets might learn about the approaching inclement weather, Boyle said word of mouth is the primary method, noting that people are “very resilient and innovative” and often come to the arena seeking shelter from the elements and are outreached there.
Boyle also said ACEH was coordinating with street outreach teams in an effort to inform as many people as possible about the impending cold weather.
If you or anyone you know needs help with emergency shelter, dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 to connect with a 2-1-1 call specialist who will work with you to understand your needs and connect you to programs and services that can help.