Muni says homeless numbers are down

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Homelessness is down according to the Municipality of Anchorage's 2018 Summer Season Report. The Summer Seasonal Report shows that between 2017 and 2018 while the number of homeless people counted is down by 18 percent, reports by citizens are up 12 percent, summertime camp abatements are up 179 percent and trash clean up in parks and greenbelts saw a 57 percent increase.

The citizen reports largely came through a city portal, called Anchorage Works .

While the numbers might show progress, the problem that homelessness poses to the community is not yet solved.

"In Alaska, we don't have the social services that we need," said Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. "We have a lack of the behavioral health services, at the same time we're dealing with an opioid epidemic, we have chronic problems with drug and alcohol abuse, we have massive problems with domestic violence and sexual assault. All these contribute to the homelessness problem and we can only compartmentalize to a certain extent."

Berkowitz also rolled out a revised strategic action plan to solve homelessness, called Anchored Home.

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