Category: COVID-19

U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder issued a warning on April 28 against predatory practices related to COVID-19 and housing. In a recent memorandum, Attorney General William Barr instructed every U.S. Attorney across the country to deploy all available enforcement tools against anyone who tries to capitalize on the current crisis by sexually harassing people in need of housing.
Given that many remain under stay-at-home orders, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development wanted to help get young people up and moving to ease the boredom by doing something unique and creative. Consider painting, drawing, sketching, or photography, and enter the first ever HUD Public and Indian Housing Youth Art Competition!
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.
COVID-19 and Your Mortgage Payments - Posted April 27, 2020
These are unprecedented times, and many Alaska homeowners have questions about their mortgage. Should I keep paying my mortgage? What happens if I lost my job and can't afford my monthly payments? Can I postpone them? Who can help me? There's a lot of confusing information out there, so the experts at Alaska Housing prepared this article to guide Alaskans through the options.
Feeding the Hungry in Alaska - Posted April 22, 2020
Nearly 100,000 Alaskans struggle with hunger, and one in five children live in homes that may not have enough food, according to the Food Bank of Alaska. That's in normal circumstances. But we're living in extraordinary times, with COVID-19 shuttering businesses and leaving many Alaskans out of work or facing reduced hours. The threat of hunger is worse now.
Financial Resources and Your Housing - Posted April 21, 2020
We understand that these are unprecedented times, and many Alaska homeowners and renters have questions. This collection of resources can help you find ways to save money and to relieve debt.
Family and Youth Resources - Posted April 20, 2020
This collection of links and groups can help you find advice, activities, and other people to support your family and children during these uncertain times.
Receiving an Economic Impact Payment? - Posted April 13, 2020
The IRS has begun depositing Economic Impact Payments into people's bank accounts as part of the $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief package. To help Alaskans understand this program and any steps they may need to take, Alaska Housing offers this summary of the program.
Are You Struggling to Pay Your Rent? - Posted April 6, 2020
COVID-19 has hit Alaskan communities hard, resulting in lay-offs without pay and reductions in work hours. Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has implemented a special hardship process to provide immediate rental relief to our families affected by income loss due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Resources for Our Tenants - Posted April 5, 2020
AHFC has compiled our COVID-19 resources in one place. Find information on AHFC's operating hours, tenant policies and information on other programs here.
Find resources for mental and emotional health, recovery resources, physical well-being, and food and nutrition — including food assistance programs.
Educational resources for preschool through adult, including free e-books, science experiments, movies etc.
Bryan Butcher on COVID-19 and Housing - Posted April 3, 2020
The spread of (COVID-19) coronavirus underscores the importance of us delivering on our mission to “provide Alaskans access to safe, quality and affordable housing.” I’m grateful for the partnership we share with you, whether you work in homeless prevention and treatment programs, as one of our landlords, an underwriter, at a government agency, as an Alaskan who trusts us as the investor in your loan, or as one of our employees.
Governor Fast-Tracks Homeless Funding - Posted April 3, 2020
On March 16, 2020 Governor Dunleavy signed HB 206 that included Homeless Assistance Program funding. Two days later, Alaska Housing’s Planning department sent grant agreements totaling $7.2 million to 35 nonprofit providers in 13 communities that provide emergency or transitional housing and/or services to prevent homelessness or rehouse those who have been displaced.
The in-person homebuyer education class, HomeChoiceTM, is cancelled for the foreseeable future but taught via webinar. Another alternative that’s perfect for home study is the online course Finally Home!