The former Public Safety Building on Whittier Street is pictured Oct. 24, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

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Winter warming shelter closes for season

Building provided place to sleep for nearly 200 homeless

After dozens of open nights and almost 200 people helped, the City and Borough of Juneau’s cold weather shelter is closing for the season.

The facility, located inside the former public safety building on Whittier Street, opens on nights where the temperature dips below 32 degrees and is open to those who need a place to sleep. The shelter will officially close for the season Monday.

Starting Nov. 15, the shelter was open for 79 nights and served 179 people, for a total of 1,612 bed nights (one person in one bed for a night), according to a release from the city.

CBJ partnered with AWARE, Glory Hall and St. Vincent de Paul to provide staff. The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority provided grant funding for operating support.

This was the second winter that the city offered the shelter. Plans will come together in the next few months to provide a similar service next winter, according to the CBJ release.

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