Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to accept more rent relief applications

The application period will be open from Sept. 13 to Oct. 1
The sign outside the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation's Family Investment Center.
The sign outside the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation's Family Investment Center.(KTUU)
Published: Sep. 6, 2021 at 1:52 PM AKDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2021 at 5:55 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation will open another rent relief application period for Alaska tenants and landlords impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement comes after nearly one-third of all Alaska renters applied for the assistance that was offered in February and March.

On Saturday, the corporation announced that eligible Alaska renters can receive up to three months of rent and utility assistance. The application period begins Sept. 13 and ends on Oct. 1.

“Renters must apply for Alaska Housing Rent Relief; however, funding is provided directly to landlords and utility companies,” the announcement stated.

The corporation noted that renters currently receiving aid from the program will not be eligible for additional relief. The relief funds are not available for homeowners either due to federal restrictions.

“For Alaskans who have experienced financial hardship as a result of the pandemic, this has been a really stressful time and Alaska Housing Rent Relief is designed to help both the tenants who have been struggling, as well as their landlords who are also struggling to pay their mortgages,” said Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs Stacy Barnes. “And so, with this program, AHFC will pay up to three months of assistance to the landlord directly. We are also able to take care of utility costs for the renters.”

Program eligibility can be checked starting Tuesday. To apply, visit the Alaska Housing Relief website.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information.

Correction: The corporation’s official name was corrected.

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