Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Emergency Cold Weather Shelter operated by St. Vincent de Paul Juneau has been open since Friday, March 20 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.
The shelter moved from the Mendenhall Valley as the CBJ prepared for impacts to the community's homeless population.
It provides a CDC recommended social distancing of at least six feet between cots.
Officials said an average of 35 people stayed each night at the shelter. It is open from 11 pm to 7:30 am.
"With over five times the space of our previous shelter, this location meets our needs for service and social distancing. We will continue to work with CDC guidelines and community groups to improve services to this needy and vulnerable population of our community,” St. Vincent de Paul General Manager Dave Ringle said.
CBJ officials said shelter improvements have been made with the help of St. Vincent de Paul staff and community partners. The shelter meets all state and federal standards for shelter operations.
The shelter does a basic health screening for patrons, provides education on COVID-19 and health improvements, has improved hand sanitation provisions including a handwashing system, and increased cleaning services during the day when the shelter is empty. A food service partnership with the Salvation Army is in development to ensure meals are available.