Households inside city limits whose income at the time of application is less than $71,760. Household income must have been reduced on or after March 11, 2020 and be a result of COVID-19 related closures, hour reductions or other lost income that is attributable to COVID-19.
Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated on September 9, 2020
No. A program already exists specifically for these families. Please visit https://www.ahfc.us/blog/posts/apply-reduced-rent for details.
No. This program is available to renters and homeowners.
No. Housing relief is only available for the primary residence of the applicant household.
Yes. This housing relief is available only to households inside the city limits.
All households that meet the qualifying criteria for this housing relief may apply for funding.
Federal restrictions prohibit these funds from addressing issues not directly related to COVID-19.
The program does not disqualify anyone because of the industry they work in.
Yes. city residents with mortgages through AHFC or any other lender are eligible for this relief, assuming they meet the other criteria, even if they are in forbearance.
Only one subsidy will be provided per residence.
The figure is based on Area median Income, as calculated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) using data from federal entities such as the IRS.
At the time of application, the applicants household income must be at or below 80% of community AMI to qualify.
Example: The area median income for area X is $100,000, so the maximum allowable household income for the Alaska Housing Relief would be $80,000 per year. Suppose the household has two wage earners and neither are eligible for the permanent fund dividend. On the date of the application, the first wage earner is making a monthly income that translates to $50,000 per year. This is less than the $80,000 limit. Suppose the second wage earner is making a monthly income that translates to $40,000 per year. The household income in this example is $90,000.
In this example, even though each wage earner makes less than $80,000 per year, their combined income exceeds the household income limit by $10,000.
No. You will be able to complete the application. During the verification process, a person will walk you through the income calculation to ensure that the appropriate income sources are being classified correctly.
If a mistake was made in the initial application regarding your household income before or after the COVID hardship took place, you will have an opportunity to correct the mistake prior to the completion of the application. Corrections of this sort will not impact the processing timeline for housing relief.
- State unemployment benefits count toward household income
- Federal unemployment enhancements are excluded from the income calculation
We encourage all applicants to apply for housing relief on this website. The online application takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.
- A valid email address
- A phone number that can receive text messages (optional but strongly encouraged)
- The approximate monthly income generated by the household before the COVID-19 income reduction
- The approximate monthly income generated by the household after the COVID-19 income reduction
- The monthly rent or mortgage payment amount
Once an application is submitted online, the system will follow up with an email and text message that states:
- A confirmation number assigned to the application
- A restatement of the application information entered
- A list of verification documents that will be required to complete the application processing
Each household that satisfies the eligibility criteria may receive up to $1,200 in rent or mortgage relief each month from September through December 2020. The amount of assistance will be determined by comparing:
- The monthly rent or mortgage payment
- The net monthly reduction in household income as a result of COVID-19
If both 1 and 2 exceed $1,200, the household will qualify for $1,200 in housing relief each month (paid to the landlord or mortgage holder). If 1 and/or 2 are less than $1,200, the household will qualify for the lesser amount.
Example 1: An applicant household has met all eligibility criteria for housing relief. On April 1, 2020, the household’s net income fell by $800 per month as the result of a COVID-19 layoff. The household leases an apartment for $700 per month. The household relief in this example would equal $700.
Example 2: An applicant household has met all eligibility criteria for housing relief. On May 2, 2020, the household’s net income fell by $400 per month as the result of reduced income in response to COVID-19. The household has a monthly mortgage payment of $1,100 that is now past due. The household relief in this example would equal $400.
Service providers will contact the applicants in the order they were submitted. We will post updates on this website with status and observed processing times.
Applications are processed in the order in which they were received.
We are providing secure online access for the application process and are working with service providers to meet standards for data security and security for physical records.
The service provider will attempt to contact you for an appointment using the phone and / or email provided in the application. If they have not received a response within two weeks of the initial contact, they will close the file.
If an applicant is referred to a service provider for verification and the applicant is deemed ineligible for funding at that time, applicants may protest that decision to AHFC.
All funds will be distributed according to order of applications received. If the funding is insufficient to assist all households that submitted applications, AHFC will send notification to the remaining applicants once the funds have been exhausted.
Yes! All of the service providers we are working with to process the applications will be able to facilitate any reasonable accommodations necessary to complete the application processing.
No. The funding is limited to rent or mortgage payments for residents whose income has been reduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Households needing assistance with utility costs or taxes are encouraged to call 2-1-1. Visit www.Soldotna.org/CARES for information about other programs that are available for Soldotna residents.
The confirmation number is generated electronically after your application has been submitted. Once you submit an online application, you will be sent an email and text message with your confirmation number.
Click here to retrieve your confirmation number.
Click here to check your status.
Service providers will initiate contact with the applicants according to the order in which they were submitted.
Example: You look at online status and see that your application is 434th out of 800 applications. This means that the service providers will attempt contacting 433 entrants before they attempt to contact you.
- Official documentation from your landlord or lender with the total monthly payment (such as a copy of your lease or mortgage bill)
- A government issued Photo ID
- W-9 for your landlord or mortgage holder, or other acceptable payee verification
Absolutely not. All residents who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply. There is no fee required to apply for assistance or to receive assistance.
If the individual in question meets the eligibility criteria, a guardian may apply on his or her behalf if they have legal guardianship or function as the individual’s payee.