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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. Public Housing 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. Families may apply at any Alaska Housing voucher program location with an open waiting list.

HOW IT WORKS

Subject to meeting program and income requirements, families who apply are placed on a waiting list and then are invited to a briefing session, provided detailed information about the program and issued a voucher.

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

Once a family with a voucher finds and leases an Alaska Housing-approved rental unit families are responsible for paying their portion of the monthly rent directly to their landlord, while AHFC pays the subsidy portion directly to the landlord.

Families who are able to work are limited to five years of subsidy. Their rent will increase every year over five years.

HOW TO APPLY

Before completing an application, look at the open waiting lists. An application must be submitted for each community and may be hand-delivered or mailed to the program location.

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 Alaska Housing 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 Alaska Housing, 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. Alaska Housing 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

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

Moving to Alaska and require assistance? Learn more about the portability process »