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. The Council is part of the People’s First Initiative to address several public safety issues facing Alaska.

img_akcouncil_xmas_singing.jpgThe Council monitors and reviews the 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:

  • 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
  • Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
  • Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority

The Governor may also appoint four public members including two public members and six with experience and expertise in housing development or as consumers of affordable housing. The Council may invite to its meetings non-voting representatives from federal or local government agencies, the business community, providers of services to the homeless, philanthropic agencies, faith-based organizations, homeless advocacy organizations, homeless persons, and community leaders.


February 2022: Governor Dunleavy announces appointments of Council Members

December 2021: Governor Dunleavy signs Administrative Order 327 re-establishing the Alaska Council on the Homeless

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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