Housing waiting list lottery for those needing assistance opening in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, June 28, 2016 Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) is opening its Anchorage Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list July 1 to individuals and families in need of housing. The waiting list will be open through July 30.

Applications will be available at www.ahfc.us or in any of the AHFCs public housing locations in the state during normal business hours. Completed applications will be accepted online or by postmarked mail (P.O.B. 241385, Anchorage, AK 99524-1385). Applications will not be accepted in person, and no preference will be given to applications received earlier in the month. At the end of the month, applicants will be prioritized randomly, and their number will result in placement on the waiting list. Work-able families meeting eligibility requirements is time-limited as part of AHFCs commitment to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

The Housing Choice Voucher program is funded by HUD and helps low-income Alaskans lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords. To qualify for financial assistance, families need to have an income at or below 50 percent of the area median income based on family size. In Anchorage, a family of four can make $46,450 or less to be eligible. Additional requirements and more information, including applications will be available at http://www.ahfc.us/rent/applying/.

Lack of affordable workforce housing can be a barrier to success for Alaskan families. A Housing Choice Voucher allows families in need a certain amount of stability and were pleased to again be able to open our lottery. In August, participants will be notified of where they stand on our list giving them a sense of stability as they prepare for the upcoming school year, says Cathy Stone, director public housing division.

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) is a public corporation with a long history of providing Alaskans access to safe, quality and affordable housing through home financing programs, energy efficiency and weatherization programs, public housing and more. Since 1986, AHFC has contributed $1.9 billion to the State of Alaska's General Fund.