Eligible Alaskans will soon benefit from federal Emergency Rental Assistance
AHFC will manage distribution to provide rental housing and utility relief funds
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 27, 2021 – Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has been authorized by Governor Dunleavy and the Legislature to administer up to $200 million in federal funds to eligible Alaskan renters who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
The new program allows for up to 12 months of financial assistance, with the possibility of extended assistance for an additional three months. Payments will be directed to landlords, property managers and utility providers.
“A year into the COVID-19 pandemic these funds will go a long way to help Alaskans with emergency rent relief and assistance with utilities and home energy costs at a time when they need it most,” said CEO/Executive Director Bryan Butcher.
What Alaskans can do now:
AHFC is currently developing a program that will adhere to U.S. Treasury Department requirements. Until program details are available, residents are encouraged to sign up at alaskahousingrelief.org to receive text and email notices on program details, FAQs, deadlines and eligibility.
Tentative details about the AHFC program
- Funds will be available for rent and utilities relief, including past due accounts for Alaskans meeting eligibility criteria;
- Available to renters statewide with household incomes of no more than 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). For detailed community info go to alaskahousingrelief.org
- The applicant must demonstrate negative economic or financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the coronavirus outbreak; or one or more individuals in the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing housing instability or homelessness
- Funding available at least through Sept. 30, 2021
- Renters will be able to check eligibility and apply online at alaskahousingrelief.org
For 50 years, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has provided Alaskans access to safe, quality and affordable housing. AHFC is a self-supporting public corporation with offices in 16 communities. Since 1986, Alaska Housing has contributed more than $2.1 billion to the State of Alaska’s General Fund.
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