Fairbanks Rescue Mission

Homeless shelters around Fairbanks are changing some of the ways they do business to prevent spreading the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. That includes screening people for symptoms of COVID-19 and requiring them to maintain six feet of social distancing. But those measures have presented new challenges for the shelters.


Mar 27, 2020

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Helping homeless people get resources they need is the goal of Project Homeless Connect. It is a day-long resource fair this Wednesday at the J.P. Jones Center in south Fairbanks. Project Homeless Connect will be at the J.P. Jones Community Development Centre on 24th Avenue on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You do not have to be homeless to attend.

Youth Summit Coordinates Services For Kids

Jan 15, 2020

As many as 200 teenagers in Interior Alaska are defined as homeless – they do not sleep in their own beds in a family home. Some are at risk for drug abuse or assault. Agencies working to keep youths safe, fed, sober and guided toward finishing school met Tuesday at a youth summit.

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A local group of retired military service members is planning to build a small community near North Pole to give homeless veterans a place to rebuild their lives. The Vet Village would provide housing and job training that project organizers hope will reduce the high rates of substance abuse and suicide among Alaska’s homeless veterans.

Nathaniel Wilder

The Fairbanks City Council approved an ordinance Monday that provides a legal basis for city police and public works employees to remove homeless camps in unauthorized areas on public land.

The Door / The Door

This week’s cold temperatures are an inconvenience for most, but can be life threatening for the homeless. About six to eight people freeze to death every year in Fairbanks. As KUAC’s Robyne reports local shelters offer year round services, protection even more important when temperatures plummet.

Dan Bross / KUAC

Non-profit groups statewide are concerned about the proposed elimination of grants that help fund programs that aid the homeless.  KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

A youth homeless shelter project in Fairbanks has been delayed. Fairbanks Youth Advocates is working to turn a donated downtown apartment building into a place to provide short term housing and meals for homeless kids. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.