Below is a comprehensive picture of the state of housing in Juneau, Alaska, including information about community-based initiatives to increase the stock of affordable housing. The links include housing search information, home affordability and improvement information, and statewide and broad-based programs addressing housing including market-rate, subsidized and special needs or supportive housing.
Housing Programs and Resources
- Project Homeless Connect has helped over 180 people on this day in each of the past three years. People that attend receive goods and services on the spot including medical care, haircuts, housing assistance, job placement, food, foot massage, and much more.
- Affordable Housing Commission is a nine-member permanent advisory board tasked by the CBJ with recommending strategies and action plans for the CBJ to follow to improve the supply and lower the cost of housing in Juneau.
- Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) is the State of Alaska’s Housing Authority. Launched before statehood, AHFC has a very broad array of programs that support home ownership, housing vouchers, subsidized housing, financial literacy, energy efficiency upgrades, and supportive housing.
- Alaska’s Landlord Tenant Act covers deposits, limitations and rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants of housing of all types including mobile home parks.
CBJ Community Development Department (CDD) deals with planning and permitting, traffic and other issues that affect housing.
- Check out the Accessory (Mother in Law) Apartment presentation under HOT TOPICs on the CDD web page. This was presented by CDD staff at the March 2012 Juneau Home Show and shows how homeowners can add rental units to existing homes.
- CBJ Lands & Resources Department manages city-owned land including development and disposition of property which could be developed for housing.
- Cold Climate Housing Research Center Promoting and advancing the development of healthy, durable, and sustainable shelter for Alaskans and other circumpolar people provides energy-efficient prototype housing and product research. Consumer education on energy & housing issues.
- Financing Your Home Purchase presents web-based mortgage lenders and nearly all traditional sources of financing for home mortgages that are available in Juneau. All the banks and credit unions active in Southeast Alaska are shown here
- Heating Assistance Program helps low-income families pay for heating homes.
- Homes for Sale in Juneau is a searchable database of homes listed for sale with licensed realtors.
- Housing First is a model of transitioning homeless people directly into permanent housing rather than through sequentially more independent housing through Continuum of Care.
- Juneau Affordable Housing Fund is a program of the CBJ, the fund provides up to $150,000 of gap financing for affordable housing projects in Juneau to enable developers to help solve the housing shortages.
- Juneau Coalition on Housing & Homlessness is an association of non governmental organizations working together to solve homelessness in Juneau, provide continuum of care resources for the most vulnerable members of our community.
- Juneau Housing Trust represents a new approach to creating affordable housing for low-income Juneau homebuyers. It addresses the high land cost associated with Juneau homes by maintaining ownership of the land in trust for permanent affordability.
- Rentals in Juneau presents some websites used to list rental properties: Craigslist, classified ads and apartmenthomeliving.com all have listings. A few properties are listed with local realtors too.
- Roommate Situations - Grocery and mall bulletin boards, Classified ads, Craigslist, RoommateNation and word of mouth are the primary ways Juneauites find roommates for long term housing situations. Long-term house and/or pet sitting options are also advertised this way.
- Rural Cap assists low income homeowners, including mobile home owners, maintain affordability with energy improvements and rehabilitation funds.
- Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association promotes the construction industry and hosts Juneau’s annual Home Show each spring. Its members are recognized builders.
- Southeast Alaska Independent Living helps people maintain independence and provides resources for ADA compliance, improving accessibility and allowing seniors to age in place.
- Tax Assessor’s Database presents Juneau real estate assessed values, ownership and street and subdivision addresses (maintained in a searchable database by the CBJ assessor). The assessor or CBJ Community Development Department can provide zoning and other information about property within the borough boundaries.
- Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority is the largest developer and manager of affordable and supportive housing for rent and rent-to-own in Southeast Alaska, having added about 1,000 housing units in the last ten years, primarily on property donated by local governments for the purpose.
Supportive & Transitional Housing
- Assisted Living - The State of Alaska licenses and certifies assisted living homes and facilities and provides low-cost financing for acquisition and upgrades of assisted living properties through Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. This link will take you to a page with a listing of all the licensed assisted living properties in the state.
- AWARE Emergency Shelter provides transitional housing for women and children seeking refuge from domestic violence. It offers counseling, training, and other support for clients throughout Southeast Alaska. Expansion plans include 6 additional residential units.
- Fireweed Place is a 67-unit senior housing center owned and operated by Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority.
- Gastineau Human Services provides transitional housing for offenders leaving correctional institutions.
- Glory Hole Homeless Shelter provides emergency overnight housing and meals for the homeless.
- Juneau’s Pioneer Home houses 45 seniors at the wetlands on Egan Drive. The facility offers assisted living support as well as enrichment activities within smaller “communities” of residents, caregivers and community volunteers.
- REACH provides assisted living services for persons with developmental disabilities including assisted living in 4 homes in Juneau.
- St. Vincent de Paul Society – Smith Hall located in the Valley behind the Nugget Mall, includes 25 units of transitional housing, partially supported by its Thrift Store. Expansion plans include 10-12 additional units. In 2012 the acquired two other permanently affordable rental properties for low income families.
- Student Housing/UAS Dormitories provides on-campus housing at the University of Southeast Alaska campus at Auke Lake.