Service/Assistance Grants

Program Summaries

Continuum of care (CoC)

CoC funds are used by agencies to assist homeless persons to access permanent housing and to support the Alaska Homeless Management Information System (AKHMIS). 

Homeless Assistance Program (HAP)

This highly competitive grant program supports programs operated by nonprofit organizations, units of local government, regional housing authorities and tribal organizations that assist the community at-large to prevent homelessness and assist those who have been displaced. HAP funds are also authorized by the Legislature to be used to evaluate and/or plan and coordinate homeless services.

Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG)
(See Homeless Assistance Program) 

This federal program provides grants to units of local government and nonprofit organizations to operate emergency housing facilities and provide assistance and services to prevent homelessness and/or rapidly re-house persons sleeping in shelters or places not meant for human habitation. As a formula program, these funds are restricted to agencies operating outside of the Municipality of Anchorage.

Homeownership Development Program (HDP)

The purpose of the Homeownership Development Program (HDP) is to provide decent housing with improved affordability. HDP funding may be used for real property acquisition and site improvements for new construction of permanent, single-family housing. Eligible applicants include only participants in the USDA's 523 self-help homeownership program, Community Land Trusts, and Habitat for Humanity organizations. HDP funds can only be used for eligible projects outside of the Municipality of Anchorage. 

HOME Opportunity Program (HOP)

The HOP program provides down payment and closing cost assistance to low-income individuals and families who are trying to purchase a home. The funds are made available through nonprofit intermediaries who administer programs in the major urban areas of Alaska. Please contact the nonprofit that serves your community to see if you qualify for the program.

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

Grants to nonprofit AIDS assistance organizations make possible supportive services and housing assistance so that people with AIDS can find and maintain safe, affordable and decent housing. This program is primarily funded by HUD and awards are issued through a competitive process.

Operating Expense Assistance Program (OEA)

The OEA program provides direct operating expense funding to nonprofit organizations that have qualified as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), as defined under the HOME Investment Partnership Program.

Senior Access Program

In partnership with local nonprofits, AHFC provides funds to allow senior citizens (those over 55 years of age) to make accessibility modifications to their homes, thereby extending their ability to live independently in the community.

Technical Assistance

Funds under the Technical Assistance program are used to sponsor training workshops, direct technical assistance and training scholarships for grantees and potential grantees under the Supportive Housing or HOME Investment Partnership Programs and for Community Housing Development Organizations.

Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)

The TBRA Program provides eligible low-income families with financial assistance to obtain affordable housing. It helps families lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords. TBRA provides 12 months of rental and security deposit assistance to eligible families. 

Weatherization Programs

AHFC administers weatherization programs that have been created to award grants to nonprofit organizations for the purpose of improving the energy efficiency of low-income homes statewide. These programs also provide for training and technical assistance in the area of housing energy efficiency. Funding for these programs comes from the Alaska State General Fund, AHFC and the U.S. Department of Energy.

AHFC now has two programs to help Alaskans reduce energy bills on their homes. The objective of both programs is to make a home more energy efficient. 

Qualifications for the Weatherization Program have been expanded to provide assistance to more Alaskans.

Under the Home Energy Rebate Program, homeowners who want to make energy-efficient improvements on their home can receive a rebate for some or all of their expenditures. The Home Energy Rebate Program has no income requirements.