Juneau man wants to save the homeless one fiberglass shelter at a time

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Locations such as parks and cozy woods are popular places for all types of people to hang out.

However, they've also become hot spots for police responses to the homeless.

An Alaska-based company has already housed thousands of individuals in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Haiti and more. So why not Anchorage?

A project called InterShelter has changed the lives of people all around the world, and could make a difference in the Last Frontier, too.

As homeless camps crop up and crime increases with increasing temperatures, InterShelter is producing dome-shaped high-resistance structures that are durable enough for everything from hunting to military operations, even research projects in Antarctica. The main goal though, is to deploy the domes as shelters, particularly for women, children and homeless veterans.

The domes are portable, frameless, and can be put up and taken down in minutes with a few hands and a screwdriver. They're strong enough to be bearproof in the backwoods, flexible enough to offer various floor plans, and portable enough to fit multiple domes in the backseat of a car before assembly.

The most recent count from the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness showed more than 1,000 people lacking stable housing on a single night in Anchorage. InterShelter representatives say they hope to work with the city to see if the shelters are a feasible solution in Anchorage.