Assistance Programs in the State of Alaska
The state of Alaska has a population of approximately 700 000 with a poverty rate of only 11.2% which is one of the lowest in the United States. The population among children is a bit higher at 15%. There are still 81 000 Alaska residents living in a state of poverty. Many single parents, families and individuals struggle with basic necessities that many take for granted. Fortunately, there are many assistance programs available to help those in need. This guide will list and explain the assistance programs available.
Financial Assistance in Alaska
Many families struggle with basic bills and necessities and are in need of some financial help. There is some financial assistance available in Alaska.
Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP)
The Alaska Temporary Assistance program provides cash assistance to low income families to help better provide for their family. This program also provides parents with job training and resources to help them find better employment so they will no longer need this program.
To qualify for this program you must be of low income, and have a child under the age of 19 living in your household. To learn more and to apply visit the Alaska Temporary Assistance webpage.
Alaska Unemployment Insurance (UI)
The Alaska UI program provides temporary financial relief payments to those who have lost their job through no fault of their own. The amount you receive depends on wages earned with your last employer. You must actively be seeking new employment each week benefits are received.
To learn more and to apply, visit the Alaska UI webpage.
Food Assistance in Alaska
Many single parents and family struggle providing their family with the necessary, healthy food needed. There are many food assistance programs available for those in this situation.
Alaska Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Alaska SNAP program provides low income households with their food costs. The assistance is received in the form of a card that works like a debit card called the Alaska Quest Card. Simply swipe the card when at the checkout with your groceries and you will be all set.
Alaska Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The Alaska WIC program provides provides nutrition assistance with food benefits, nutrition education, as well as health care and social service referrals to pregnant, postpartum women, and their children up to age 5. In order to be eligible for this program you must be considered low income, and be deemed at a nutritional risk by a health care provider.
To be eligible for this program you meet the income requirements. To apply for WIC you must contact the WIC area nearest your location. You can use this Alaska WIC locator to find the WIC office closest to you. To learn more about WIC, visit the Alaska WIC website.
Alaska School Breakfast and Lunch Program
The Alaska School Breakfast and Lunch Program serves free or low costs breakfasts’ and lunches to under privileged school children in Alaska. Your income in relation household size determine if the meals are free or low costs. If you are enrolled in the Alaska ATAP program your child/children can automatically be enrolled for this program.
To be eligible for this program you must be of low income, meeting the income requirements. To apply for this program you must directly contact the school that your child attends. To learn more check out the Alaska School Nutrition website.
Alaska Food Banks
The state of Alaska offers many food banks if your are really struggling with food and hunger, as their are many food banks located throughout the state of Alaska. The food offered is free of charge. To locate a food bank in your area, take a look at this list of Alaska Food Banks.
Medical Assistance in Alaska
Medical costs are very high making it necessary for everyone to have health coverage. If you are of low income you can qualify for health coverage in Alaska.
The Alaska Medicaid program offers medical care and services to those who are not covered under any other medical plan. This program covers many services,
The eligibility of Medicaid is based on your income in relation to the number of people living in your household. It is important to note that, depending on you and your family’s specific situation, not all services will necessarily be covered, or some services might require you to pay a portion of the costs as a co-payment. To learn more and to apply visit the Alaska Medicaid webpage.
Alaska Denali KidCare
The Alaska Denali KidCare program provides health coverage to children and teens who do not qualify under Medicaid or any other health plan. Denali KidCare covered all the same services as Medicaid including dental and vision care.
The income levels required are a lot lower then Medicaid, making it easier to qualify. Some monthly premiums apply for this program however they are based on your income and are usually not very high. To learn more and to apply visit the Denali KidCare webpage.
Child Care Assistance in Alaska
Child care costs can be an issue for low income single parents and families. If you are faced with trouble covering your child care bills, you can qualify for assistance.
Alaska Child Care Assistance Program
The Alaska Child Care Assistance Program assists low income parents with the costs of child care costs. To be eligible for this program the parents must either be working or be enrolled in job training/education. The program is divided into three parts, called PASS 1, PASS 2, and PASS 3, with PASS standing for Parents Achieving Self Sufficiency.
To learn more about these programs,, and to learn how to apply, visit the Alaska Child Care webpage.
Alaska Head Start Program
The Alaska Head Start Program provides child care assistance in a nurturing environment for young infants and children from the ages of 0-5 by enhancing their social and emotional development in preparation for school. In order to be eligible for this program you must be of low income, meeting the income requirements.To learn more and to apply check out the Alaska Head Start website.
Housing and Rental Assistance in Alaska
Housing costs including utility bills and rent costs can be a big issue for the low income. Fortunately there are many housing and rental assistance programs available in Alaska.
Alaska Low Income Public Housing Program
The Alaska Low Income Public Housing Program provides low income residents with living arrangements in housing owned by Local Housing Agencies with reduced rent costs. Usually you will be placed in an apartment, however it can also be single houses or condos. The housing authorities receive funding from the state, who then use the funds to provide the low income with very low rent payments in safe and sanitary living conditions. To be eligible you must be of low income, usually ranging between 50% -80% of the average income in the area you live, however this is just a guideline.
To begin the application process, you must go through your local Housing Agency. There are only two Housing Agencies located in the state of Alaska which can be found by clicking here. An appointment will be made where you will discuss your income and current situation, and any other details about the program. To learn more, visit the Alaska Low income Housing website.
Alaska Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Alaska Housing Choice Voucher Program also provides reduced rent costs, however with this program you are able to choose your own living arrangements. It can be difficult locating a well priced apparent that is large enough as well as safe and sanitary, so this program enables you to afford high quality apartments. Once you have chosen your home, the Housing Agency provides a voucher to your landlord which covers a good portion of your rent payments. You will only pay a portion of your total rent payment, usually 30-40% of the total rent cost.
To be eligible you must be of low income. To apply you must set up an appointment with one of the two Housing Agencies where you will discuss your income among other things.
Alaska Low Rent Apartment List
If you are having difficulty locating well priced apartments, you can take a look at this list of low rent Alaska Apartments. The list provides the location of the apartments as well as how many bedrooms are located in the apartment. Check out this list of Low Rent Apartments to find one near you.
Alaska Heating Assistance Program (HAP)
The Alaska HAP program provides low income households with assistance in paying for their primary heating bills. It is very cold most of the year in Alaska which results in very high heating bills that can be difficult for the low income to manage. The amount that is paid towards you bills depends only our income and household size, as well as energy rates.
Alaska Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
The Alaska WAP program helps low income households to conserve energy which will result in lower heating bills. If your home is not well insulated your home will require more heat, so as a result this program will ensure you home has adequate insulation and will even repair furnaces.
Alaska First Time Home Buyer Programs
The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation offers multiple programs to assist those looking to purchase their first home. The programs offers various features such as down payment and closing cost assistance, reduced interest rates, and tax reduction programs. There are even free courses on how to purchase your first home available. To see a list of the programs available check out the Alaska Housing Finance website.
Transportation Assistance in Alaska
Transportation in Alaska can be an issue with snow filled roads and can be expensive if you do not own a vehicle. Fortunately there some assistance available.
Alaska Medical Transportation
You can receive free rides to and from any doctors appointments, tests, and medical treatments you might have. In order to receive these complimentary rides you must be enrolled in Medicaid. To learn more visit the Alaska Medical Transportation webpage.
Transportation Assistance with Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP)
If you are enrolled in the Alaska ATAP program, you can receive transportation assistance as that is part of the benefits offered through the program. The program offers help with transportation costs, as well as help with vehicle repairs and driver license expenses. To qualify for the assistance you must be of low income. To learn more, visit the Alaska ATAP webpage.
Legal Assistance in Alaska
Legal costs are difficult for the low income, making legal care inaccessible for many. Fortunately, there is free/discounted legal help available.
Alaska Legal Services Corporation
The Alaska Legal Services Corporation is a non profit law firm that provides legal assistance and services to low income residents of Alaska. You can receive assistance in many areas such as health, public benefits, native law, housing, domestic violence and more. To qualify for the assistance you must be considered low income. To learn more, visit the Alaska Legal Services Corporation website.
The state of Alaska offers many assistance programs with a very in depth ATAP program to assist the low income residents of the state. If you are of low income, you should first apply for the ATAP program discussed in this article as it offers assistance in many different areas which will improve your situation.
Links and Resources
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