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Mainstream Voucher Program

 
This program began in response to a need for affordable housing with support services for individuals with disabilities transitioning from homelessness or institutional settings. Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is characterized by availability of support services in integrated community settings coupled with safe and affordable housing. Through this partnership between DHSS and Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), individuals will be able to access rental subsidies to pair with existing DHSS-funded community support services.  These vouchers are not time limited; however applicants are subject to screening though the AHFC Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Plan.  Applicants that fail to meet AHFC’s screening criteria will be eligible for an informal review process and exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. 

The program is now accepting applications for the following communities:
  • Anchorage
  • Fairbanks
  • Juneau
  • Mat-Su
  • Kenai/Soldotna
  • Homer
To be eligible for this program, a person must meet the following criteria:
  1. Meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of a non-elderly disabled family (24 CFR 5.403) or be an Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority beneficiary; AND
  2. Demonstrate qualification as low-income, defined as less than 50 percent of Area Median Income; AND
  3. Be eligible for community-based, long-term services as provided through Medicaid waivers, Medicaid state plan options, state funded services, or other appropriate services related to the target population [i.e. Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) funded Community Behavioral Health Services Provider, or Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS) funded provider]; AND
  4. Be currently homeless, be at risk of homelessness, transitioning from an institutional setting, or at risk of institutionalization.
Applicants must meet minimum eligibility requirements to be considered for the Moving Home Voucher Program.  In addition, applicants must successfully pass AHFC screening criteria.  Applicants will be assisted by DHSS-funded providers to access the program. Service providers will assist clients to complete an assessment, the client application, and sign agreements to make services available to maintain the client in housing. Please see the Provider Overview for Sponsoring Agencies for additional information (under Resources below).

Resources


DHSS Mainstream Voucher Program - Program Overview for Sponsoring Agencies

Contact


Main Point of Contact                                                  
Beth Wilson, BHS                                                              
Ph. (907) 269-3740 or (800) 770-3930                                 
Fax.  (907) 269-3623                                                             
beth.wilson@alaska.gov

Administrative Contact
Jennifer Severance
Ph. (907) 269-2080 or (800) 770-3930
jennifer.severance@alaska.gov
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