Home for chronic inebriates opens in Fairbanks

The first seven people have moved in to a new Fairbanks facility for the homeless that targets chronic inebriates.

The facility in a former Best Western hotel is based on the ``Housing First'' model and is similar to Anchorage's Karluk Manor.

Unlike many shelters, the complex doesn't require that its residents stop drinking.

Facility director Shirley Lee says organizers believe residents can better address their problems if they're in stable environment.

The Tanana Chiefs Conference pursued the project after seven homeless people froze to death in one winter.