Muni move to clear homeless camps near Bean's draws backlash

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The Municipality of Anchorage has launched a new program designed to increase safety near the Brother Francis Shelter and Bean’s Cafe -- but one area resident calls the initiative a tremendous failure.

On Tuesday the muni launched a new Mobile Intervention Team designed to improve safety near the homeless hotspot on 3rd Avenue. The team includes a mental health clinician, outreach workers, Anchorage Fire Department crews and APD's Community Action Policing Team.

“This is just the next step in this entire big process to help people get to the right services and into housing, so the community doesn't have camps in greenbelts and on sidewalks,” said municipal homeless and housing coordinator Nancy Burke.

Muni move to clear homeless camps near Bean's draws backlash

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