Low-Income Alaskans Renting from Private Individuals

The Housing Choice Voucher Program helps eligible low-income Alaskans lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords. The AHFC Public Housing Division administers this program in 12 communities throughout Alaska.

Who is Eligible

Families whose income is at or below 50 percent of the area median income are encouraged to apply. Income limits are set by Department of Housing and Urban Development and are based on family size and the community where the family resides. Families may apply at any AHFC voucher program location with an open waiting list.

How it Works

Subject to meeting program and income requirements, families who apply are placed on an AHFC waiting list based on date and time of application. As vouchers become available, families are invited to a briefing session, provided detailed information about the program and issued a voucher.

To receive voucher subsidy, the rental amount for the unit must be reasonable. The unit must also pass a federal housing quality standards inspection. Landlords may use their own lease, but AHFC requires an initial lease term of one year.

Once a family finds and leases an AHFC-approved rental unit, AHFC breaks the rent into a family portion and a subsidy portion. Families are responsible for paying their portion of the rent directly to their landlord, while AHFC pays the subsidy portion directly to the landlord.

How to Apply

Before completing a standard AHFC housing application, individuals should look at the open waiting lists under Waiting List Status to see if the waiting list they want is open. A separate application must be submitted for each community in which they wish to apply and may be either hand-delivered or mailed to the program location in their area.

Instructions for Completing Your Application

  1. Please print legibly or type.
  2. Answer all the questions to the best of your ability. Write “NA” in all areas of the application that do not apply to you or any member of your household.
  3. Return your completed application to the AHFC office in the community in which you wish to live.
    1. The application must be mailed or hand-delivered, a fax is not acceptable.
    2. If you are mailing your application to AHFC, please use the post office box address (if applicable).
    3. If you are applying for more than one community, you must fill out a separate application for each community.
  4. If you are approved for a waiting list, your place will be determined by the date and time your application is received, along with any verified preferences.
    1. AHFC will notify you in writing of the status of your application.
    2. If your application is denied, you are entitled to an informal review.

Reasonable Accommodation

A reasonable accommodation process is available to those applicants requiring additional assistance due to a disability. Applicants can inquire at their local AHFC office for information and assistance with these processes.

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