BSRHA was allocated over $4 Million from the U.S. Department of Treasury for the implementation of the Homeowners Assistance Fund (HAF) program on behalf of  Bering Straits Native Corporations Shareholders and 14 Tribes.

The HAF program provides up to 12 months of financial assistance to BSNC Shareholders, Tribally enrolled members from the Bering Straits region, and any Tribally enrolled Alaska Native or American Indian living in the Bering Straits region.

HAF assistance can be for the payment of:

  • Mortgage and mortgage 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;

  • Property taxes and housing insurance

Downloadables

Informational Flyer

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Instructions and Application

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IRS Form W-9

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Homeowners Assistance Fund (HAF)

When does the Application Period Close?

Open Until Further Notice

Applications will be accepted until September 1, 2022 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. 

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. 

****Incomplete applications will not be processed, so please make sure that everything is addressed. ****

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:

Email:  haf@bsrha.org  

Fax:     1-907-443-8652

Phone: 1-907-443-8622

Mail:

BSRHA

HAF Program

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: www.cognitoforms.com/AlaskaHousing/AlaskaHousingHomeownerAssistanceRegister

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.

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 home 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 mortgage loan or utilities.

  • Is relying on credit cards or payday lenders to pay for a mortgage loan or utilities.

  • Is depleting savings rather than wages to pay for rent or utilities.

 

3.  Your household income is at or below 150 percent of the area median income (based on household size and the community you live in). See income limits below:

Which Tribes qualify?
  • If you belong to one of the tribes below you are encouraged to apply, even if you live outside of the Bering Straits region

  • If you are Alaska Native or American Indian and living in the Bering Straits region, you are encouraged to apply

  • If you are a shareholder belonging to Bering Straits Regional Corporation

  • Savoonga

  • Shaktoolik

  • Shishmaref

  • Solomon

  • Teller

  • Wales

  • White Mountain

Included Communities:

  • Brevig Mission

  • Council

  • Elim

  • Gambell

  • Golovin

  • Koyuk

  • Mary's Igloo

No. Within

Household

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6

7

8

Income

Limit

$98,595

$112,680

$126,765

$140,850

$152,118

$163,386

$174,654

$185,922

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:

HAF Program Coordinator 

P: (907) 443-8622

E: haf@bsrha.org