- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage homeless officials are preparing for an uptick in clients as temperatures drop.

KTUU-TV (http://bit.ly/1vAKj2s) reports overflow shelters are being prepared as part of a cold weather plan put into place in 2010.

Brother Francis Shelter program manager Lisa Caldeira says demand exceeded capacity at the shelter and the plan goes into effect when temperatures drop below 45 degrees.

The Brother Francis Shelter’s regular capacity is 240 people. Nearby Bean’s Cafe takes in people when more room is needed and so do seven Anchorage churches.

The Reverend Michael Bunton of Shiloh Baptist Church says his goal is to offer up to 50 beds in the church gymnasium.

He says the church has 20 volunteers to help out but needs more.

The Brother Francis Shelter is trying to hire two people.

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Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com

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