Community raises concerns over safety in area around Sullivan Arena shelter in Anchorage

  • Source: KTUU-TV NBC 2 Anchorage
  • Published: 11/23/2022 12:00 AM

People who live and work near the Sullivan Arena, which has re-opened as an emergency homeless shelter, are concerned about crime in the area. SJ Klein owns a business just up from the arena and he’s also a member of the Fairview Community Council. Klein said since the Sullivan re-opened as an emergency homeless shelter on Oct. 1, the neighborhood has seen an uptick in crime. “It’s worse this time around in terms of the needs of the people that are on the street,” said Klein. “We’ve seen more death, we’ve seen a lot more fires, those are the two main life-safety issues that we are facing right now.” Because the shelter is accepting far fewer overnight guests than it did when it first opened in 2020, Klein said there are more people milling about in the neighborhood, and some of them are causing trouble.


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