If you’re a landlord, you might be wondering how the Housing Choice Voucher works and what you need to know to become eligible to rent to HCV recipients.
Alaska Housing is here to provide the support to help you make informed decisions about renting your property. This page has information about our Housing Choice Voucher program as well as resources to help you understand your rights and obligations as a landlord.
Frequently asked questions
HOW DOES THE HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM WORK?
Alaska Housing maintains a housing assistance waitlist for qualified applicants. Before receiving a voucher, applicants are screened by Alaska Housing for program and income eligibility.
Once applicants receive a voucher, they search for housing in the private rental market. If the landlord agrees to accept their vouchers, participants pay approximately 30% of their adjusted gross income to the landlord for rent. The balance of the contract rent is paid by Alaska Housing directly to the property owner or management firm.
HOW CAN I BECOME ELIGIBLE TO RENT MY UNITS TO HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS?
To rent units to voucher holders, landlords in the private rental market enter into a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract with Alaska Housing. Rental units that meet HUD housing quality standards (HQS) and rent-reasonableness criteria are likely to be considered eligible rental properties. The amount of rent Alaska Housing may subsidize is based upon the unit size, the community in which the unit is located, and the comparable market conditions.
Where can I find more information about the Housing Choice Voucher Program?
For more information on our Housing Choice Voucher Program, see our Landlord's Guide to our Housing Choice Voucher Program or contact one of our Public Housing Program locations.
what are my rights as a Landlord?
To learn what your rights are as a landlord, see the Alaska Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act published by the Alaska Court System.