Talk of Alaska: After the Sullivan

Homeless residents sit on the steps of the Sullivan Arena, as many are forced to leave the makeshift shelter. (Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)

The Sullivan Arena homeless shelter closed to most residents on May 1. In the week preceding, people who had been living there began leaving the facility, in preparation for its closing. 

People without an idea of where they would sleep, stay safe, cook or have access to bathroom facilities or running water, were made to leave the Sullivan Arena. Many of them will have no choice but to camp in area parks in the city. Why did the Sullivan close and what is the plan to address the needs of those who are without housing before next winter? We’ll talk with city leaders to find out on this Talk of Alaska.


HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Alexis Johnson, Housing and homelessness coordinator, Anchorage Health Department
  • Felix Rivera, Midtown assembly member, chair of the assembly committee on housing and homelessness
  • David Rittenberg, Sr. director of adult homeless services, Alaska Catholic Social Services


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, May 2, at 10 a.m. on Alaska public radio stations statewide.

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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