Alaska Housing Corporation spokesperson Stacey Barnes says one-third of all renters in the state applied for rental assistance, and over 66,000 Alaskans benefited.
Bering Straits Regional Housing Authority received additional funds from COVID-related grants and can afford to build more homes in 2022.
Vacancy rates across the state declined sharply during the pandemic, according to a state report from September.
The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation opened another round of rental assistance applications last week.
The cost to rent a home or apartment has gone up in Alaska during the pandemic, according to state economists.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a two-month extension on the federal eviction moratorium, which had expired at the end of July.
he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduced the eviction moratorium last September, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through homeless shelters and other congregate living. The agency has extended the order several times and said this extension will be the last.
Lumber prices have been soaring across the country as demand for wood during the pandemic outstripped supply.
According to the Alaska Department of Labor, January job numbers were down 7.4% from the same month in 2020 — that’s 23,000 fewer jobs.
At the same time, many Alaskans are really struggling, and experiencing housing insecurity.