Housing Choice Vouchers

The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides eligible low-income Alaskans with a method of obtaining affordable housing. It helps families lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords. The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) Public Housing Division administers the voucher program in 12 communities throughout Alaska.

Who is Eligible

Families whose income is at or below 50 percent of the area median income are encouraged to apply. Income limits are set by HUD and are based on family size and the community where the family resides.

How it Works

Families may apply at any of the AHFC program locations. Subject to meeting program and income requirements, the family is placed on an AHFC waitlist based on date and time of application. As vouchers become available, families are invited to a briefing session, provided detailed information about the program and issued a voucher. Once a rental unit is found, participants pay about 30 percent of their adjusted income toward rent with the balance subsidized by the voucher. The participant's share will vary based upon income, rent and utilities.

To use the Housing Choice Voucher, a private rental market landlord must enter into an agreement with AHFC to receive the subsidy. The rent must be reasonable and within limits set by HUD. The unit also must meet a federal housing quality standards inspection. Landlords may use their own lease, and AHFC requires an initial lease term of one year.

How to Apply

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