Residents Looking for Help
AHFC rent or mortgage assistance
From June 15 through June 26, 2020, applications were accepted for one-time payments of $1,200 to assist Alaskans needing assistance with rent or mortgage payments due to pandemic-related income loss. This program is administered by Alaska Finance Housing Corporation and eligible payment recipients chosen through a lottery.
Municipality of Anchorage Rent & Mortgage Assistance
The Municipality of Anchorage has set aside money for rent and mortgage relief for Anchorage residents. This is being distributed through Alaska 2-1-1. For up-to-date information on Rent and Mortgage Assistance programs and other helpful community resources, call 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221. Extended call center hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The CARES Act established economic impact payments for individuals through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If you filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, you will automatically get a stimulus payment. If you did not file taxes but you received retirement or Social Security Disability payments in 2019, you will automatically get a stimulus payment.
IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR AN AUTOMATIC PAYMENT, YOU WILL NEED TO ENTER YOUR PAYMENT INFORMATION. You can also check the status of your payment on the IRS.gov site. Links to both resources are below.
AK CAN DO
The Alaska Community Foundation and United Way of Anchorage have launched a statewide platform connecting donors with families and organizations impacted by coronavirus. AK Can Do helps in two ways: 1) supporting those whose employment has been affected by COVID-19 and are struggling to pay for groceries, rent, utilities, and more; and 2) backing the front-line nonprofits that our community needs open right now. Leading donors Rasmuson Foundation and Wells Fargo Foundation are joined by Sealaska, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, Doyon Limited, and the Key Bank Foundation. Individual donors make a big difference, too, and can give online.
Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 to connect with an Alaska 2-1-1 community information specialist for up-to-date information on how to get help.
Expanded unemployment insurance is being made available to employees affected by coronavirus. The State of Alaska and federal government are working on expanding unemployment benefits. Learn more about coronavirus-specific unemployment in the Frequently Asked Questions.
SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)/FOOD ASSISTANCE
Anchorage residents needing food assistance can text “SNAP” to (907) 891-8913 or click here.
MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE COVID-19 RESOURCES
Municipality of Anchorage Coronavirus Response, including multi-lingual resources for Limited English Proficient (LEP) residents and business owners.
Anchorage Connects is a collaborative effort of The Anchorage Public Library, Welcoming Anchorage, and local artists to bring the community together while they remain physically apart.
MORE FROM ALASKA LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION
ASLC is aware that COVID-19 legal rights are changing daily, and they are offering free resources, articles, and court forms to address numerous topics, including: housing; domestic violence; unemployment; courts; health; worker rights; debts; elder services; and public benefits, including state and federal aid.
ASLC also has a dedicated page outlining cash and rental assistance options during COVID-19.
You can request rental, food and nutrition, and other assistance through Alaska 2-1-1. The Municipality of Anchorage also has emergency assistance available.