The ACEH is the result of consultation with the three tribal groups on Vancouver Island, Metis Nation BC, and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations. The efforts began when the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness (GVCEH) and the University of Victoria co-sponsored an Aboriginal Housing Strategy workshop in Victoria on January 20, 2010. A report entitled, "Finding Our Path" was developed and generated a number of recommendations, one being the development of the ACEH.
In 2014, Aboriginal leaders were brought together to to frame the issues and solutions. Subsequently, a Committee was formed that met throughout 2014 and developed several initiatives.
In 2015, the ACEH became a registered incorporated society to address Aboriginal homelessness and lack of appropriate housing services. The purpose of the society is to work with organizations and governments providing housing to offer expertise and guidance on utilizing culturally sensitive approaches and strategies.
A Gathering Ceremony was held in April 2015 at the Esquimalt Long
House where First Nations leaders, Métis Nation BC and Aboriginal organizations
showed their commitment by signing a drum that had a statement on it which has
been adopted as the Vision Statement for the ACEH.