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 and Policy
Supportive Services
Housing Development

Membership Year 2016 Organizational Members

Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC)
Alaska Housing Initiative
Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association (Four As)
Anchorage Community Mental Health Services
Anchorage Neighborhood Health Clinic
Anchorage Public Library
Anchorage School District
Catholic Social Services
Christian Health Associates
Cook Inlet Housing Authority
Covenant House Alaska
Denali Family Services
Downtown Soup Kitchen
Municipality of Anchorage
NeighborWorks Alaska
Shiloh Community Housing
Statewide Independent Living Council of Alaska
United Way of Anchorage
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

Dave Mayo-Kiely, Anchorage School District (President)
Brian Shelton-Kelley, NeighborWorks Alaska (Vice-President & Secretary)
Steve Ashman, Municipality of Anchorage (Treasurer)
Charles Gorman, Department of Veteran Affairs
Dave Kuiper, Christian Health Association
Elaine Dahlgren, Volunteers of America Alaska
Elizabeth Schultz, Office of the Governor
John Pendrey, Department of Veteran Affairs
John Sperbeck, Community Member
Kathi Trawver, University of Alaska, Anchorage
Kenny Peterson, Community Member
Lisa Aquino, Catholic Social Services
Leonard Trenton, Southcentral Foundation
Mike Courtney, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
Nikole Nelson, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Shannon Wilks, Anchorage Community Mental Health Services
Suzi Pearson, Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis

Board Member’s Elect:

Carllette Mack, Covenant House Alaska
Jeremy Baker, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Sue Samet, RurAL CAP

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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.

Election applications are open!  Please fill out the attached application, and return it no later than Friday, February 19th for consideration.

2016 ACEH Board Application