About ACEH

Mission Statement

The mission of the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness is to advocate for and implement strategies to prevent homelessness and provide housing and work opportunities for all.

The Coalition in the Community

The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness is a convener around preventing and ending homelessness.  The coalition is the lead agency for the Continuum of Care process, jointly oversees the Homeless Management Information System with the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, and works to implement the community plan.

Continuum of Care

A Continuum of Care (CoC) is a regional or local planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals. CoCs represent communities of all kinds, including major cities, suburbs and rural areas.  In Alaska, there are two CoC’s, Anchorage (AK-500) and Balance of State (AK-501). Details on the Alaska CoC application process can be found on the Alaska Coalition on Housing & Homelessness website.  ACEH is the lead applicant for the Anchorage CoC.  Please visit the CoC page for more information or for details on the application process.

Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

Alaska has a unified database that tracks homeless services provided throughout the state.  The Institute for Community Alliances (ICA) has been contracted to administer the system.  Please see ICA’s Alaska HMIS page for more information or if you are a provider interesting in participating.

Community Plan

The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness works jointly with the Municipality of Anchorage to design, create, and lead implementation for the Anchorage Community Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.  A new plan was finalized in the fall of 2015 and has a timeline of five years.  Download a full version of the Community Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.

Our Guiding Principle is that housing is a basic human right.


Education & Policy Advocacy
Supportive Services
Housing Development
Data Collection & Management

Membership Year 2017 Organizational Members

Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC)
Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association (Four As)
Anchorage Housing Initiatives
Anchorage Public Library
Anchorage School District
Catholic Social Services
Cook Inlet Housing Authority
Denali Family Services
Mountain Pacific Quality Health Foundation
Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc.  (RurAL CAP)
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Volunteers of America Alaska

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the administration of the general membership of the Coalition, direction of the Anchorage Continuum of Care process and the implementation of Anchorage’s Community Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.

Meet the Board

Lisa Aquino, Catholic Social Services (President)
Carlette Mack, Covenant House Alaska (Vice President)
Steve Ashman, Municipality of Anchorage (Treasurer)
Marcie Sherer, Cook Inlet Housing Authority (Secretary)
Alan Budahl, Lutheran Social Services of Alaska
Nancy Burke, Mayor’s Office, Municipality of Anchorage
Mike Courtney, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
Laura Cox-Wilson, NeighborWorks Alaska
Elaine Dahlgren, Volunteers of America Alaska
Charles Gorman, Department of Veterans Affairs
Dave Mayo-Kiely, Anchorage School District Child in Transition Program
Suzi Pearson, Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis
Kenny Petersen, Allen & Petersen Home Furnishings
Lisa Sauder, Bean’s Café
Ruth Schoenleben, Nine Star Education & Employment Services / Joy Christian Center
Elizabeth Schultz, Governor’s Office
John Sperbeck, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
Leonard Trenton, Southcentral Foundation
Joy TandyYouth Advisory Board


Contact the Board

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Interested in Joining the Board?

Elections for board seats take place at the Annual Meeting of the coalition every March.  Board terms are three years, and individuals are eligible for two full consecutive terms.