Last Updated on December 21, 2022 by Meghan
All mothers always strive to do the best for their families, single mothers, in particular, are tasked as the sole providers for their households and this can be a major challenge. Fortunately, there are resourceful programs in Alaska that have been established to offer rental assistance and they will be discussed in this article.
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) is a state program that offers rental deposits and arrearages to people facing eviction notices and outstanding payments. Emergency Services Project provides emergency financial assistance to individuals and families to prevent the affected persons from becoming homeless by helping them revert to stable short-term housing or permanent housing. To be eligible for this assistance, one must be lacking the resources or support networks to help them retain or obtain appropriate, stable housing or could be facing imminent threat of homelessness, homeless according to the federal guidelines; escaping or trying to escape from domestic violence or aligning with the conditions for being possibly homeless. https://www.muni.org/Departments/health/PHIP/Pages/Emergency_Outreach.aspx
Churches and Charities Rent Assistance
Shiloh Community Housing Inc. is a branch of the Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) that is non-profit cooperation. The Incorporation offers financial assistance with overdue rent payments to secure housing for those that would have qualified for this assistance. They also provide rent and utility support for eviction prevention. To be eligible for this housing development assistance each individual and family seeking this assistance is evaluated on a case-by-case basis through an interview. Shiloh Housing aims to develop the local community through housing development, shelter for the homeless, economic planning, social support, and outreach to the disadvantaged. https://shilohhousing.org/financial-assistance-program/
Eviction Help and Legal Assistance
A non-profit known as the Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) offers quality civil legal services for free to low-income residents to guard their well-being, and encourage family steadiness. The ALSC helps applicants that are experiencing serious civil legal problems encompassing housing issues, consumer law, public benefits, family law, Alaska Native law, and healthcare, Alaska Native, as well as other areas specific to veterans or the elderly cannot afford access. Alaska legal services give access to the justice system that might not have been available to those in need. https://www.alsc-law.org/probono-opportunities/
The Glory Hall is a non-profit organization that is sustained by community donations, state, federal, city, and private grants. These donations are used to provide food, shelter, and compassion to those most in need to achieve wellbeing and stability. The Glory Hall offers three meals a day as well as an emergency shelter, mental health therapy, transportation help with acquiring identification documents, and social service referral assistance, laundry, and showers. They also distribute community donations of clothing, camping gear, personal hygiene products, and other items to those who need them based on availability. https://www.feedjuneau.org/
Rental Home Improvement Assistance
Baranof Island Housing Authority (BIHA) hopes to improve the quality of life and the condition of housing occupied by qualified applicants. The Rental Program is intended to offer appropriate, safe, and clean reasonably priced housing for qualified low-income families. Program assistance however requires the following:
- Monthly payment based on gross monthly income.
- An annual review of family income.
- The Lease term is one month and automatically renews unless terminated by the participant or BIHA. A monthly utility allowance is provided.
Housing Authority Assistance
Northwest Inupiat Housing Authority is entirely a non-profit organization committed to supporting the local community and Alaska natives. It provides families with a comfortable home. They also offer programs designed to help low-income families, including new construction and rental assistance programs. This establishment requires a housing application to be submitted first to qualify for their program. To qualify for the rental or housing assistance programs, applicants should be Native American and align to particular income recommendations. https://www.nwiha.com/