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Up to $1,200 of Housing Relief available for qualifying Alaskans

Up to $1,200 of Housing Relief available for qualifying Alaskans 
Apply before the June 26, 2020 deadline at www.AlaskaHousingRelief.org


Anchorage, Alaska, June 8, 2020 – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy and Alaska Housing Finance Corporation jointly announced today eligibility requirements and the process for Alaskans seeking financial relief from their rent and mortgage obligations.

$10 million was proposed by the Governor and supported by the legislature for AHFC to use for homeless prevention with a focus on Alaskans who lost income due to COVID-19 and without government assistance may otherwise lose their housing to eviction or foreclosure.

“Our data shows that it’s better to keep Alaskans stably housed through prevention efforts both in terms of their mental and physical health but also as a cost-effective measure,” says Bryan Butcher, CEO/executive director of AHFC.

Families in Alaska with households that have lost income and are at less than 80% of Area Median Income as a result of COVID-19 are eligible to apply for up to one month of rent or mortgage relief. Rent relief excludes utilities; mortgage relief includes principle and interest only. Each household is eligible for no more than $1,200.

Alaskans can learn about program requirements at AlaskaHousingRelief.org. The application period begins Monday morning, June 15. A basic questionnaire includes the applicants’ name, primary residence address, and certification of loss of income. The deadline for application submission is June 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., AKDT. At the closure of the application period, a lottery will be conducted.

“AHFC’s lottery system is based on best practices in their public housing management and ensures that regardless of where Alaskans live, they’ll have equal access to this housing relief. For those unable to access the online application, calling or texting ‘RELIEF’ to (833) 440-0420 offers an alternative,” says Governor Dunleavy.

Based on available funding, recipients will be asked to provide additional information that verifies their loss of income and includes contact information for their landlord and/or mortgage servicer. After submission of the required information, AHFC will make payment to the landlord or mortgage servicer on behalf of the recipient. Payments distribution is targeted for July 2020.

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