Outdoor deaths refocus attention on homeless

The recent deaths of two women in makeshift shelters have refocused attention on the problems Anchorage faces in sheltering a growing homeless population.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- The recent deaths of two women in makeshift shelters have refocused attention on the problems Anchorage faces in sheltering a growing homeless population.

Phyllis Ayaprun was found dead Saturday inside a tent in a wooded part of town. Two days earlier, Elaine Cleveland was found dead in a van parked near downtown.
The Brother Francis shelter brought back an old rule in October that requires people to work on a plan to get permanent housing or leave the shelter after 30 days.
The "30-in 30-out" policy had been standard at the shelter until two years ago, when the limits were relaxed after an epidemic of homeless people's deaths in 2009 and 2010.