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Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 6:23 am | Updated: 11:36 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

JUNEAU, Alaska - There's a new shelter in Juneau for homeless youth.

It's a partnership between Northern Light United Church, the Glory Hole Shelter and Yakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School.

A state education department newsletter says that, according to school staff, 72 of the school's 180 students were identified as homeless at some point last spring.

The shelter is intended as a safe place for homeless young adults in the Juneau School District. Staff at Yakoosge will refer students at the school who are ages 18-24.

The newsletter says the church received $10,000 from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority to convert space in the church to accommodate up to 16 students.

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