Homeless Prevention & Response System Advisory Council

The HUD designated governing body for the Anchorage Continuum of Care (CoC).

Work Session & Monthly Meeting

The Homeless Prevention & Response System (HPRS) Advisory Council (AC) will meet during this 1-hour period to discuss relevant Anchorage Continuum of Care initiatives and current events.

Leading the Work on Homelessness Prevention & Response

The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) solicits applications for community members interested in serving on the Homelessness Prevention & Response System (HPRS) Advisory Council. Below you’ll find more information on the structure and role the body will serve for the Anchorage community.

We are looking for individuals who can share their experience and talent in any of the following areas: 

  • Lived homelessness experience
  • Housing entities or landlords
  • Homeless service organizations
  • Victim services
  • State and local governments
  • Educational organizations
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Law enforcement

If you have any questions, please contact info@hprsadvisorycouncil.org for more information.  

The Homeless Prevention & Response System (HPRS) Advisory Council connects homeless service provider needs and issues to ACEH strategy. The Advisory Council is also a forum for members to learn about what is happening in homelessness response and share their thoughts and opinions.

Want to get involved in the HPRS Advisory Council? Follow the link below to apply.

What is a Continuum of Care (CoC) Program?

Responsibilities of a CoC include designating and operating the Homeless Management Information System, designing and implementing the process associated with applying for CoC Program funds, and planning for the CoC (including coordinating the implementation of a housing and service system within its geographic area that meets the needs of the individuals and families who experience homelessness there).

Work Session & Monthly Meeting

HPRS Advisory Council meets on the 4th Thursday of every month to discuss relevant Anchorage Continuum of Care initiatives and current events. 

  • Date & Time: 4th Thursday of every month, 4:00 pm

Click to Join: Zoom Video Conference

Meeting ID: 870 7123 1355
Passcode: 362033

Download: August Meeting Agenda

Download: August Presentation

Council Members

Alison Kear, Advisory Council Acting Chair
Covenant House Alaska

Andrea Nester
Anchorage Health Department

Cesar Ramirez De La Cruz
Institute for Community Alliances (ICA)

Charles Gorman
Department of Veteran Affairs

Clark Halvorson
United Way of Anchorage (UWA)

Dave Kuiper
Christian Health Associates

Dave Mayo-Kiely
Anchorage School District

Grace Gallagher
University of Alaska Anchorage

Holly Morales
Cook Inlet Tribal Council

Jenny Di Grappa
Food Bank of Alaska

Julia Terry
Community Member

Katie Scovic
Public Service & Housing

Laura Cox-Wilson
NeighborWorks Alaska

Robin Dempsey
Catholic Social Services

Roger Branson
Alaska Community Integrity

Sharon Chamard
University of Alaska Anchorage

Sid Mccausland

Suzi Pearson
Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC)

Will Walker
Alaska Court System

Zoryna Lealai (Ryna)
Covenant House Alaska

Guiding Committees

The HPRS Advisory Council is guided by the work of four committees. For more information about the HPRS Advisory Council or to get involved in a Committee, contact info@hprsadvisorycouncil.org

Community Prioritization:

The HPRS Community Prioritization Committee supports the annual Anchorage Gap Analysis and Anchorage Community Prioritization process, including the implementation of Anchored Home and other community initiatives, to engage individuals with lived homelessness experience and front-line staff in the process.


The Compliance Committee oversees the Oversight of community policy and procedures, HUD compliance oversight, and overall compliance with local, state, or federal funding streams. The Committee also monitors and facilitates an annual review of Continuum of Care (CoC) community standards and policies related to the Homeless Prevention & Response System.


The Data Committee directs the strategy and monitoring of related community initiatives. The Committee tracks trends in data and shares analysis with the Advisory Council, focusing on the HUD System Performance Measures and Built for Zero data.

Coordinated Entry:

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