BSRHA was allocated over $8 Million from the U.S. Department of Treasury for the implementation of the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program on behalf of our partner Tribes.
The ERA program provides up to 12 months of financial assistance to eligible tribal and other AI/AN households residing in the Bering Straits region.
ERA assistance can be for the payment of RA assistance can be for the payment of
Rent and rental arrears;
Utilities and home energy costs and arrears; and
Other expenses related to housing and incurred due directly, or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA)
When does the Application Period Close?
Open Until Further Notice
Applications will be accepted until directed by the US Treasury, or until program funds are spent. Subject to available funds and program availability, the application period and household eligibility requirements may be expanded.
Applications will be processed as they are received and will be pooled for prioritization and selection every 15 calendars (approximately) throughout the duration of the program. ****Incomplete applications will not be processed, so please make sure that everything is addressed. ****
Preference will be given to an eligible household with at least one family member (regardless of age) who is a Tribal member of one of our regional Tribes.
I don't have internet access. No Problem!
BSRHA will be working with our local Tribal partners to ensure that applications are readily available. Please contact one of our team members and they will be able to assist you.
How do I submit my Application?
Completed applications, including all required documentation, can be submitted using one of the following methods:
PO Box 995
Nome, AK 99762
I already applied for this program using AHFC's online portal, can I still submit an application to BSRHA?
Maybe. BSRHA is working with AHFC to ensure that every eligible household in our region has access to these funds. If you already submitted an application using their online portal, please continue to work with AHFC directly. If you chose to apply for the Utility Assistance, please fill out the BSRHA application.
To check the status of your AHFC application, please visit by clicking: alaskahousingrelief.org/renters/check_status
If you have any questions regarding their process, feel free to reach out to one of our team members for assistance
How do I know if I am eligible?
You are eligible for this program if:
1. You or a member of your household meets at least one of the following criteria:
Qualifies for or is currently receiving unemployment benefits.
Has been or is currently unemployed.
Has lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Has incurred significant costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Has directly or indirectly experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Current BSRHA Homebuyers under the Lease-to-Own
2. You or members of your household can demonstrate a risk of homelessness or housing instability. To do so, at least one of the following statements must be true:
Has received a rental eviction notice.
Has received past-due rent or utility notice(s).
Is at an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to overcrowding.
Is delaying the purchase of essential goods/services to pay rent or utilities.
Is relying on credit cards or payday lenders to pay for rent or utilities.
Is depleting savings rather than wages to pay for rent or utilities.
3. Your household income is at or below 80 percent of the area median income (based on household size and the community you live in). See income limits below:
ALASKA **INCOME LIMITS HAVE CHANGED AS OF JUNE 23, 2021**
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Need help completing an application?
Help is just a phone call away! This is a stressful time and we want this process to be as easy as possible. Our team is here to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have. If you need assistance completing the application, have questions regarding eligibility, or would like to discuss the options for submitting an application, please don't hesitate to call:
ERA Program Coordinator