Their saying it’s likely because of greater outreach, not because of more kids on the street.
Jeff Cimmerman oversees the Street Outreach Advocacy Program. He tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner there’s been a major increase in young people eating at the day shelter with sometimes 50 at dinner.
Fairbanks Youth Advocates opened an overnight shelter Dec. 1. Director Marylee Bates says 87 beds were used in December and 400 in April.
She says word is spreading among teens that the shelter is available and use has increased with warmer weather.
The Alaska Department of Education estimates there are 450 homeless school children in the Fairbanks area and most stay with friends or relatives.
Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner
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