Alaska Council on the Homeless


The Alaska Council on the Homeless collaborates with local governments, community partners and service providers to conduct research and identify best practices related to homelessness and affordable housing development.

img_akcouncil_xmas_singing.jpgThe Council monitors and reviews implementation of Alaska's Plan to End Long Term Homelessness and shares findings and recommendations with the Governor through progress reports.

Council members are appointed to three year terms by the Governor and do not receive compensation. Council membership includes one member from each of the following state entities:

  • Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (Chair)
  • Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
  • Department of Health and Social Services
  • Department of Education and Early Development
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department of Labor and Workforce Development

The Governor may also appoint eight public members including two public members and six with experience and expertise in housing development or as consumers of affordable housing, such as persons associated with Alaska Federation of Natives or a similar statewide organization, a regional Native housing authority, municipal government, Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness or a similar statewide organization, the faith-based community, or an advocacy role.Public members may apply to serve on the Council through Alaska's Office of Boards and Commissions.


May 2018: Governor Walker signs Administrative Order 294 adding additional seats to the Council and outlines the Council responsibilities.

October 2015: The Council adopts Alaska's Plan to End Long Term Homelessness.

September 2014: The Council publishes a five-year review of the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.

May 2009: The Council adopts the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.

May 2007: Governor Palin reauthorized the Governors Council and made it a more permanent council under the auspices of AHFC.

October 2005: The Council releases the report Keeping Alaskans Out of the Cold completing its original mission.

April 2004: Governor Murkowski establishes the Alaska Council on the Homeless and directs the Council to prepare and submit a statewide homeless Alaskans action plan.

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