Development Grants

Program Summaries

Beneficiary and Special Needs Housing Grant Program (SNHG)

The SNHG provides AHFC corporate dollars through competitive grants to nonprofit service providers and housing developers for construction of housing for the Alaskan special needs populations, primarily the beneficiaries of the Alaska Mental Health Trust. Funds from this program can be used for planning and construction activities and may provide for congregate, supportive and transitional housing types.

Greater Opportunities for Affordable Living (GOAL)

The GOAL program provides grants, federal tax credits and zero-interest federal loans to developers and project sponsors who build affordable rental housing for low- to moderate-income families and seniors. The program is open to for-profit corporations, nonprofit agencies and regional housing authorities. The following three programs fit under the GOAL umbrella.

HOME Investment Partnership Act

Under HOME, funding is available to develop new affordable rental housing through new construction, rehabilitation or acquisition and rehabilitation. HOME funds are typically grant funds but may also be loaned to project sponsors. 

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program

This program provides federal tax incentives to for-profit or nonprofit organizations to develop affordable rental housing for low and very low-income households. Awards are made under a competitive process. Eligible activities include new construction, acquisition and rehabilitation projects. 

NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION PROGRAM 1 & 3 (NSP1 & NSP3)

The State of Alaska was awarded a statewide allocation of $24.6 million for neighborhood stabilization activities in Alaska. The NSP1 program provided funding to nonprofit organizations to eliminate blight and the presence of vacant, abandoned or foreclosed homes and properties. Vacant and/or foreclosed properties were purchased for redevelopment or resale in order to provide rental and homeownership opportunities for low-, median- and moderate-income families in Alaska. States were required to give priority emphasis to areas of greatest need, targeting areas with the greatest percentage of foreclosures. The NSP3 program provided funding for redevelopment in the Mountain View/Russian Jack final target area in Anchorage and will be used in a mixed financing approach by the Public Housing Division with the potential to develop up to 80 units of affordable housing for families.

Senior Citizens Housing Development Fund (SCHDF)

Funding can be used to provide housing for Alaska's senior citizens so that they may remain in their home communities as they age. SCHDF distributed under the GOAL program can be used for acquisition, rehabilitation and new construction of senior housing. Grants are made to nonprofit organizations to bridge the gap between the cost of the project and funding from other sources.

Grant recipients must choose a definition of "senior citizens" as either age 55 and older or age 62 and older according to the federal definition of "housing for older persons" under Section 807 of 42 U.S.C. 3607 implemented at 24 CFR 100.300-308. Both choices carry with them requirements detailed in the application process.

SUPPLEMENTAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT GRANT PROGRAM

The Supplemental Housing Development Grant Program provides funding to Regional Housing Authorities to supplement housing projects approved for development under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Development Programs. The funds in AHFC's program are limited to 20 percent of HUD's Total Development Cost per project and can only be used for the cost of on-site sewer and water facilities, road construction to project sites, electrical distribution facilities and energy-efficient design features in the homes.

Tax Credit Assistance Program

This program provides federal grants and/or loans to for-profit or nonprofit organizations to develop affordable rental housing for projects that have received an award of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits between October 1, 2006, and September 30, 2009. Awards are made under a competitive process.

TEACHER, HEALTH PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC SAFETY HOUSING PROGRAM (AHFC/DENALI COMMISSION)

The THHP Housing Grant Program funds the development of teacher, health professional and public safety housing. Funds are awarded competitively on annual basis for the rehabilitation, construction or acquisition of rural housing projects. Eligible entities include school districts, local governments, regional health corporations, housing authorities and nonprofits.