Anchorage surpasses record for homeless deaths; 29 already this year


August 9, 2023

A record number of people believed to be homeless have died on Anchorage streets in the past seven months, and the count could increase before the year is out, according to police data.

The death count stood at 29 on July 28, surpassing the previous record of 24 set for all of last year, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Of this year’s count, more than half of the people died after the city closed its mass shelter at the Sullivan Arena on May 1, according to police incident reports.

“That’s very unfortunate,” Alexis Johnson, the city’s homeless coordinator, told the newspaper whe...

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