Anchorage Adds to Record Homeless Death After Major Storm

Four homeless people have died in Anchorage in the last week after a major storm dropped more than 60 centimeters of snow within 48 hours.

That is reported by CBC News.

The city has struggled to house a large homeless population as winter weather returns, and the four dead bring the total number of people who died while living outdoors in Alaska's largest city to 49 this year, which is more than double that of last year when 24 people died on the streets.

Yesterday, the Anchorage Assembly approved adding 50 beds to the city emergency winter homeless shelter, according to Alaska Public Media. Alexis Johnson, the city's homelessness coordinator, said the city is working with the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness to get the city's most vulnerable people into the 50 new spots.