Housing Authorities in Alaska

State of Housing in AlaskaAlaska, as well as Idaho and Oregon received a total of $9,070,603 from HUD this year (2013) for the improvement of local housing conditions and the support of homeless projects. Eight organizations and nineteen homeless projects in the 3 States will benefit from the grants.

Weatherization Assistance Program

Thousands of qualified Alaskans have received free home weatherization in order to bring their homes up to safe, healthy and energy-efficient standards.Weatherization adds years of life to buildings in Alaska's harsh arctic climate. Weatherization also brings the benefit of energy conservation, saving homeowners up to 50% off their previous heating bills. The program is available to renters and homeowners throughout the state. A house may only be weatherized one time and eligibility is determined by the resident’s income and family size. Houses that were weatherized before April, 2008 may be re-weatherized.

Senior Housing Accessibility Modifications Program

This program provides grants for modifications to improve accessibility for seniors (55 years of age or older) currently in need of such modifications. Grants may be up to $12,000 for eligible senior homeowner households, or up to $8,000 for senior tenants in rental housing, or up to $5,000 for tenants living in small (5 beds or less) state-licensed assisted living facilities. Alaska CDC provides Senior Access services in the Mat-Su Valley, Kenai Peninsula, Copper River Basin, the city of Kodiak, and in Southeast Alaska. Eligibility is determined by income, generally no more than 100 percent of median family income for the area as adjusted for family size. Contact Alaska CDC for an application or click on the program title to contact Lori Tice for more information about this program.

Housing Accessibility Improvement Program (HAIP) Grant

HAIP grants may be used for accessibility improvements to existing homes to mitigate functional limitations imposed byState of Housing in Alaska qualifying disabilities. The requested improvements must be necessary due to a related disability of a full-time resident. The disability and the need for the requested improvement must be verified by the HAIP staff. HAIP grants cannot be used for home repairs or maintenance.Households must agree to sign a Promissory Note to pay back the entire grant if the intended beneficiary does not live in the home for 3 years after the work is done. Tenants and landlords also are required to sign lease agreements to ensure the beneficiary may remain in the home and benefit from the improvements. The lease term will depend on the amount of funding awarded for the project. All households must participate in annual residency reviews during the grant forgiveness period.

The maximum grant available for owner-occupied homes is $15,000, $12,000 for rentals. Maximum grant awards may be reduced by project coordination costs.

Home Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program

The HOME Program is funded by HUD and sponsored by Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC.) The program helps qualifying families rehabilitate their homes to meet a decent, safe and sanitary standard. This standard is the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) established by HUD for Section 8 housing. Alaska CDC's service area for this program includes Southeast Alaska (except Juneau), Copper River Valley, Mat-Su Borough, Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound, and Kodiak.

A HOME rehabilitation project may include a wide variety of tasks, ranging from repair or replacement of roofs and ceilings, electrical and plumbing, windows and doors, heating systems, water and sewer improvements, and foundations. A project may also include, for example, such tasks as replacing carpets, installing energy-efficient lighting, and making accessibility modifications.

Home Opportunity Program

The Home Opportunity Program (HOP) promotes homeownership for low-income households in Alaska. Alaska Community Development Corporation operates the program on the Kenai Peninsula, the Mat-Su Borough, Glennallen, Valdez, Cordova, Juneau, Haines, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Wrangell, Sitka and Kodiak.Participation with a lending institution that offers mortgage loans is required. The lending institution is solely responsible for approving or denying the primary mortgage loan. The applicant should contact a lending institution for qualifications for home purchase and to determine the amount of the primary loan that they quality for.Current participating lenders with the HOP program are Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, First National Bank of Alaska, Alaska USA Mortgage Company, Residential Mortgage (includes Summit Mortgage and Preferred Mortgage), Kodiak Island Housing Authority, Homestate Mortgage, Denali Federal Credit Union, First Bank and USDA Rural Development. Other interested lenders should contact ACDC for participation.

Self-Help Housing Program

Quality, energy efficient homes and affordable payments are available in a new building project located outside Wasilla.State of Housing in Alaska This style home is available through the USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing program. Homes are built by mutual group construction under the direction of a construction supervisor. Subsidized mortgages are financed by USDA Rural Development. Affordable housing grant and loan assistance is subject to eligibility ($25,000 conditional loan via Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Housing Development Program-0% interest with up to $10,000 conditionally forgiven). Prices include land, home and utility connections. With approved affordable housing funds this home is available for a primary loan amount of $166,000. Not every buyer will qualify for every home. All prices are for self-help housing, which includes a minimum of 30 hours per week of buyer labor contribution. For more information, contact Alaska Community Development Corporationat (907) 746-5680.

Rural Residential Rehab Program - Enhanced Weatherization

The Rural Rehab program, also called the Enhanced Weatherization program, works in the Lake and Peninsula Borough and non-road accessible communities in the Kodiak Island Borough to improve existing housing. Available improvements include extensive repairs, heating and electrical improvements, and housing rehabilitation items, in addition to energy conservation measures.

Project Homeless Connect has helped over 180 people on this day in each of the past three years. People that attend receive goods and services on the spot including medical care, haircuts, housing assistance, job placement, food, foot massage, and much more.

Alaska’s Landlord Tenant Act covers deposits, limitations and rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants of housing of all types including mobile home parks.

CBJ Community Development Department (CDD) deals with planning and permitting, traffic and other issues that affect housing.

Cold Climate Housing Research Center promotes and advances the development of healthy, durable, and sustainable shelter for Alaskans and other circumpolar people provides energy-efficient prototype housing and product research.

Housing First is a model of transitioning homeless people directly into permanent housing rather than through sequentially more independent housing through Continuum of Care.

Juneau Affordable Housing Fund is a program of the CBJ, the fund provides up to $150,000 of gap financing for affordable housing projects in Juneau to enable developers to help solve the housing shortages.

Juneau Homeless Coalition is an association of non-governmental organizations working together to solve homelessness in Juneau, provide continuum of care resources for the most vulnerable members of our community.

Juneau Housing First owns two apartment buildings for low income renters. Financing Your Home Purchase presents web-based mortgage lenders and nearly all traditional sources of financing for home mortgages that are available inState of Housing in Alaska Juneau.

Heating Assistance Program helps low-income families pay for heating homes.

Juneau Housing Trust represents a new approach to creating affordable housing for low-income Juneau homebuyers. It addresses the high land cost associated with Juneau homes by maintaining ownership of the land in trust for permanent affordability.

Rural Cap assists low income homeowners, including mobile home owners, maintain affordability with energy improvements and rehabilitation funds.

Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association promotes the construction industry and hosts Juneau’s annual Home Show each spring. Its members are recognized builders.

Southeast Alaska Independent Living helps people maintain independence and provides resources for ADA compliance, improving accessibility and allowing seniors to age in place.

Assisted Living-The State of Alaska licenses and certifies assisted living homes and facilities and provides low-cost financing for acquisition and upgrades of assisted living properties through Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.

AWARE Emergency Shelter provides transitional housing for women and children seeking refuge from domestic violence. It offers counseling, training, and other support for clients throughout Southeast Alaska. Expansion plans include 6 additional residential units.

Fireweed Place is a 67-unit senior housing center owned and operated by Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority.

Gastineau Human Services provides transitional housing for offenders leaving correctional institutions.

Glory Hole Homeless Shelter provides emergency overnight housing and meals for the homeless.

Juneau’s Pioneer Home houses 45 seniors at the wetlands on Egan Drive. The facility offers assisted living support as well as enrichment activities within smaller “communities” of residents, caregivers and community volunteers.

REACH provides assisted living services for persons with developmental disabilities including assisted living in 4 homes in Juneau.

St. Vincent de Paul Society – Smith Hall located in the Valley behind the Nugget Mall, includes 25 units of transitionalState of Housing in Alaska housing, partially supported by its Thrift Store. Expansion plans include 10-12 additional units.

Student Housing/UAS Dormitories provides on-campus housing at the University of Southeast Alaska campus at Auke Lake.

All the details of programs enumerated above are found here: http://www.ahfc.us/pros/grants/development-grants/low-income-housing-tax-credit/

Counseling for Homebuyers, Homeowners, and Tenants

HUD provides counseling service through approximately 1,700 HUD-approved counseling agencies. These agencies are public and private nonprofit organizations with housing counseling skills and knowledge of HUD, VA, and conventional housing programs. The funding helps the approved agencies partially meet their operating expenses.

Eligibility

Income limits for public housing and vouchers are set by the government.

Income Limits for Housing Subsidy in Alaska

FY 2013 Very Low-Income (50%) Limit (VLIL)
Alaska
Income Limit Information Median Family Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
FY 2013 VLIL $81,800 $28,650 $32,700 $36,800 $40,900 $44,150 $47,450 $50,700 $54,000
FY 2013 Extremely Low-Income (30%) Limit (ELIL)
Alaska
Income Limit Information 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
FY 2013 ELIL $17,200 $19,650 $22,100 $24,550 $26,500 $28,450 $30,450 $32,400
FY 2013 Low-Income (80%) Limit (LIL)
Alaska
Income Limit Information 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
FY 2013 LIL $45,100 $51,500 $57,950 $64,400 $69,550 $74,700 $79,850 $85,000

Applicants for public housing, rent subsidy, or other housing assistance must also pass a criminal background check. They may be given priority status if they are:

  • Persons who are homeless due to natural disasters.
  • Persons who are homeless due to public action.
  • Persons with emergency needs (such as domestic violence victims, persons with medical emergencies, or homeless persons facing an immediate threat to their health and safety.
  • Veterans and local residents.

Unemployment Rate in Alaska

The unemployment rate for Alaska fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2013 to 6.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. It peaked in January 2010 at 8.2% and is now 2.2 percentage points lower.

Unemployment RateMarch 2013Month/MonthYear/Year
National 7.6% -0.1 -0.6
Alaska 6.0% -0.2 -1.0

Please ask your housing agency for more details about the programs you are interested in.

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