Funding announced for communities looking to increase affordable housing
Public comment accepted to influence housing for homeless Alaskans in the New Year
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, December 28, 2017 -- Nearly 2,400 Alaskans sought emergency shelter between July and September 2017, according to information collected from homeless providers and reported through the Alaska Homeless Information System. Many of those would benefit from a supportive development that combines safe housing with services which address individual mental health or chronic illnesses. To meet this need, Alaska Housing Financing Corporation announces a competitive grant to fund supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness and with disabilities.
Technically the initiative is a special purpose round of the Greater Opportunities for Affordable Living (GOAL) program. Public comments are being accepted now, and will influence how the funds are distributed for maximum impact across the state. Final grant proposals are expected due in May 2018.
“We’re taking a proactive approach aimed at getting a minimum of two properties in two different communities,” says AHFC’s CEO/Executive Director Bryan Butcher who emphasizes that the funding opportunity is available statewide.
Funding for the projects will be pooled and include monies from the federal government, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits (preserved in the recently passed Tax Reform bill), National Housing Trust, Section 811 program, Section 811 program, Special Needs Housing Grants, and with support from AHFC’s public housing programs.
For those wishing to comment, criteria from past rounds is available on AHFC’s website. A public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2018 from 3-5 p.m., and written comments will be accepted through Feb. 2. For more information visit http://bit.ly/2ko8u82.
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 nearly $2 billion to the State of Alaska's General Fund.