Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc.

Housing

A home in Quinhagak receives a wheelchair ramp. Photo by Shelby Clem

A home in Quinhagak receives a wheelchair ramp. Photo by Shelby Clem

The Planning and Construction Division assists rural communities and low-income people by increasing affordable housing opportunities and preserving and improving existing housing. RurAL CAP is one of many organizations responsible for weatherizing homes in Alaska. The main goal of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to conserve energy. The Senior Access and Home Modifications programs provide a wide range of home accessibility measures from wheelchair ramps to roll-in showers making it easier for people with disabilities to enjoy a greater degree of independence. The Self-Help Housing program provides affordable housing for low-income families and first-time homebuyers. Qualifying families contribute home-building labor under the guidance of a skilled construction supervisor.

The Supportive Housing Division provides safe, attractive and affordable housing units in Anchorage. Affordable Housing provides rental apartments to individuals with limited credit and rental history. The Division also provides housing to individuals who experience homelessness, serious mental illness and substance use disorders. An example of this type of housing is Karluk Manor, the inaugural Housing First facility in Alaska. Supportive Housing helps build healthy communities by improving the safety of neighborhoods, beautifying city blocks, and stabilizing property values.

2016 Results

  • 230 homes were weatherized throughout Alaska
  • 161 homes were improved for persons with disabilities including ramps and other measures improving accessibility both inside and outside the home
  • Built 11 Self-Help homes near Soldotna for a total of 61 homes to date
  • Provided 254 units of affordable housing in Anchorage
  • Acquired 325 East Third Avenue, an Anchorage-based facility providing permanent supportive housing to homeless individual