Alaska Housing launches new rental and utility relief program for Alaskans affected by COVID-19 (Alaska Housing Finance Corporation)

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February 24th, 2021

From the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: 

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation launched a new rental relief and utility assistance program for renters across the state that have been negatively affected by COVID-19 Feb 16.

“I think it’s really critically important for Alaskans,” Alaska Housing Governmental Relations and Public Affairs Director Stacy Barnes said. “I think it’s just if we take a second to think about our friends and neighbors who’ve been impacted, even if it’s not ourselves. There’s somebody who comes to mind who might be able to benefit from this program, and it’s our desire that they know about it and have the opportunity to apply.”

Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the Alaska Legislature authorized Alaska Housing to distribute up to $200 million in federal funds to eligible renters.

Qualifying applicants can receive up to a year of rental relief, with the possibility of extended assistance for an additional three months, according to a recent press release from Alaska Housing.

“A year into the COVID-19 pandemic these funds will go a long way to help Alaskans with emergency rent relief and assistance with utilities and home energy costs at a time when they need it most,” Alaska Housing CEO/Executive Director Bryan Butcher stated in the press release.

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