Juneau, AK (KINY)-City and Borough of Juneau officials announced that Friday night, December 1st, was the first opening of a new cold weather emergency shelter.
The shelter opened between 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. the following morning. The facility is located inside the former public safety building owned by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority on Whittier Street. The shelter will serve up to 20 people experiencing homelessness.
In early November, the Assembly approved $75,000 to fund shelter operations, including the building lease and staffing. CBJ has partnered with the Glory Hole and AWARE to provide two staff people on site at all times the shelter is open. If you or someone you know is interested in working or volunteering at the cold weather emergency shelter, please contact the Glory Hole or AWARE.
To determine what nights the shelter is open, CBJ staff will work with the National Weather Service in Juneau. The public will be notified at 10 a.m. if the shelter will open that night. Notifications will be posted on the CBJ Housing Program website, CBJ’s Facebook page, Twitter and shared through word of mouth on downtown streets.