December 21st is a day used to remember those in the homeless community that lost their lives this year. In 2020 however, it's also being used as a time to look forward and the pending challenges as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.
As temperatures drop, more people are seeking shelter, leading to what Anchorage’s homeless coordinator Nancy Burke called a “challenging position” for the city. On some nights, there wasn’t enough space at the emergency shelter inside the Sullivan Arena, which is the only shelter currently open for referrals. People had to be added to a waitlist or turned away.