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Welcome to Anchorage cares

Anchorage Cares is a compassionate alternative program to address panhandling in Anchorage. The primary focus is a public awareness campaign to deter panhandling in favor of supporting human service providers.

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Why we are launching this program

Panhandling occurs throughout Anchorage, with the majority of activity taking place in Downtown, Midtown and within the Southside commercial areas. However, panhandling is not safe: it leads those in need into direct traffic, putting themselves and others at risk.

It’s about more than just homelessness

Panhandling is more than just a homeless issue – it is a health & safety issue for both the public and the panhandlers themselves.

(Photo credit: Luke Jones, via flickr, CC BY 2.0)
(Photo credit: Luke Jones, via flickr, CC BY 2.0)
(Photo credit: Garry Knight, via flickr, CC BY 2.0)
(Photo credit: Garry Knight, via flickr, CC BY 2.0)

What is the goal of this campaign?

Anchorage Cares seeks to educate the public of the many resources already available to homeless and panhandling individuals. Social service agencies in Anchorage provide an array of fundamental basics – including food, clothing and shelter – and are well-supported by businesses and the public.

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Be part of the solution

Anchorage Cares is not the solution — it is just the beginning of a community wide effort to manage and possibly address the larger issues behind panhandling.

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