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Anchorage Shelter Revives 30-Day Rule

Published On: Oct 15 2013 10:20:00 AM AKDT

An Anchorage shelter for the homeless is bringing back a former time-limit rule.

KSKA says Brother Francis Shelter will make people leave after 30 days if they have not complied with shelter rules that they demonstrate they are working on a plan to get permanent housing. People can return again in 30 days.

Shelter spokeswoman Ellen Krsnak says too many people have been using the shelter as a residence.

The time policy dates back to 1993, but the rule was lifted two years ago when the city raised the temperature at which doctors could take in homeless indefinitely from 32 to 45 degrees.

A town hall meeting about the revival of the policy is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Bean's Cafe, a soup kitchen next door.