Essential Services Continue During COVID-19

Mark Romick

From social distancing mandates to “hunker down” orders, COVID-19 has changed life for nearly every Alaskan.

While our doors remain physically closed due to COVID-19 for the foreseeable future, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation remains open for business. We provide essential services to Alaskans that include financing mortgage loans, administering public housing programs, responding to questions about energy efficiency, grants, tax credits and more.

This was the message that Mark Romick, deputy director at Alaska Housing, shared with its board of directors at its April 29, 2020 meeting in Anchorage.

Romick said after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska in November 2018, the corporation learned how to use technology to work from home — which prepared staff for today’s scenario. 

AHFC’s Public Housing offices have been closed to the public since March 17, but shortly after that date were available online and by telephone to provide services to residents and those seeking housing.

Romick said that Alaska Housing maintenance staff has shone throughout the COVID-19 crisis, going to offices and buildings to maintain cleaning and providing extra sanitizing and disinfecting – even on weekends.

“Maintenance is the one group that cannot work from home,” said Romick. “Our professional maintenance staff has been doing a lot of work to keep our buildings safe for residents and employees.” 

As a result of COVID-19, the in-person homebuyer education class, HomeChoice™, is cancelled for the foreseeable future but taught via webinar. To view the schedule and sign up, click here.

Alaska Housing will continue to be fully staffed and is available to Alaskans by telephone and email during normal business hours. Phone numbers are 330-6100 in Anchorage or 800-478-AHFC (2432) within Alaska. Public inquiry for other matters related to Alaska Housing Finance Corporation can be directed to (907) 338-6100.