Berkowitz administration proposes opening emergency cold-weather shelters year-round

The cold-weather practice of opening overnight homeless shelters at Anchorage downtown social service agencies may soon become year-round for the next two years.

Officials in the administration of Mayor Ethan Berkowitz hope that opening more shelter during warm weather will curb illegal camping and direct the city's homeless population toward social workers and permanent housing.

The ordinance that allows the extension of the city's cold-weather program is expected to be introduced to the

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