Campground seen as stopgap for unhoused people in Anchorage

    Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson

    Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - Dozens of people experiencing homelessness in Anchorage will now camp at a city-owned site as a major local shelter closes.

    The Anchorage Daily News reports that Sullivan Arena provided shelter for hundreds of people nightly for more than two years.

    But it is closing as a shelter.

    The use of Centennial Campground to provide a place for people to stay is seen as a stopgap measure with indoor shelters full and Mayor Dave Bronson’s administration clearing illegal campsites, citing fire danger.

    On Wednesday, the sound of an air horn blasted through the campground as a black bear and two cubs sauntered into the site.

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