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Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) The Senior Housing

Housing Links of Interest to Seniors

  • Accessibility Modification Grants
  • Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (PDF)
  • Homebuyers Education
  • Senior Housing Inventory (PDF)
  • Vacancies in Public Housing
  • Assisted Living Survey – Anchorage Market Area (PDF)
    AHFC Receives Federal Grant to Develop Aging and Disability Resource Centers (PDF)

    The Senior Housing Office exists to help Alaska’s senior citizens obtain adequate, accessible, secure and affordable housing.

    Jim McCall, Housing Relations Manager jmccall
    1-907-330-8436 or toll-free 1-800-478-AHFC (within Alaska but outside Anchorage)
    Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC)
    4300 Boniface Parkway
    Anchorage, Alaska 99504

    PO Box 101020, Anchorage, AK 99510-1020

    New elderblog available

    New to me, at least. now has options for the corporate server to add links to other websites that it thinks may be relevant to a particular post. We bloggers have no control over what those links are, except to turn them off. However, an incoming visitor to here came from a linked web log that is interesting. Check it out. Global Ageing Network Blog

    The International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing, IAHSA is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
    2519 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20008-1520
    Phone (202) 508-9468
    Fax (202) 220-0041

    IAHSA is an affiliate of AAHSA American Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing

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    2008 free tax help for some in Alaska

    Free Tax Help – 2008 Tax-Aide and VITA sites. The VITA program is a federal grant that rural senior programs can apply for.

    This program is designed to prepare basic tax returns for most low and middle income taxpayers, with an emphasis on senior citizens and disabled taxpayers. Sites are staffed by volunteers trained by the IRS to prepare basic tax returns. E-file means it’s fast, accurate AND it’s absolutely FREE. Volunteers receive training on the Earned Income Credit and other personal tax credits. If your income is below $39,783 you MAY qualify for an Earned Income Credit, up to $4,716.

    *** You must file a 2007 tax return to receive the Economic Stimulus Payments. To be eligible for this payment, you must have a tax liability, or at least $3000 of earned income, Social Security benefits, or certain VA benefits. If you had at $3,000 of qualifying income, you should file a tax return even if you are not required.

    AARP TaxAide sites may offer priority service to taxpayers age 60 and older.

    As all locations are staffed by volunteers using donated space, these dates and times may change. To get the most current information, please call the Alaska 211 referral line by dialing 2-1-1, or 1-800- 478-2221. [try this and see if it works. There were problems last week or so– the software couldn’t figure out rural Alaska zip codes.]


    Social security cards or current record of SSN’s for you, spouse and all dependents.
    Form W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement) from each employer.
    All income information (such as Forms 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, SSA-1099 or RRB-1099 and 1099R).
    Record of VA benefits received
    Property tax and mortgage interest statements.
    List of your medical, interest, contributions, and miscellaneous expenses (to itemize your deductions).
    Copies of last year’s tax return (helps volunteer prepare this year’s return).
    Child care payment information and name, address and SSN/EIN of your child care provider.

    The rest of the document is written in a way to make it difficult to re-post so I’ll only list the names of places. Contact them for hours and dates.

    • Anchorage Senior Center Tax-Aide
    • Northeast Anchorage Tax-Aide
    • First Free Methodist, Anchorage
    • Spenard Rec Center
    • Crosspoint Church Tax-Aide, Anchorage
    • University of Alaska Anchorage
    • Palmer Senior Center
    • Mid-Valley Senior Center
    • Wasilla Senior Center
    • Upper Susitna Senior Housing
    • Glacier View Bible Church
    • Willow Senior Housing
    • Fairbanks Senior Center Tax-Aide
    • North Pole Library Tax-Aide
    • University of Alaska Fairbanks
    • Noel Wien Library Tax-Aide
    • North Pole Senior Center Tax-Aide
    • Nikiski Senior Citizens, Inc.
    • Homer Senior Center
    • Seward Senior Center
    • AVTEC Library (Seward)
    • Soldotna Tax-Aide Site
    • University of Alaska, SE
    • Swan Lake Senior Center
    • United Methodist Church, Sitka
    • Tongass Credit Union
    • Rendesvous Senior Center
    • Ketchikan Parks & Rec Center
    • Metlakatla Tongass Credit Union
    • Craig City Youth Center
    • Juneau Mendenhall Library
    • Wrangell Senior Center
    • Kodiak College
    • Valdez Tax-Aide
    • Kodiak Senior Citizen Fair

    Winners 2007 Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging

    Seven winning communities and government agencies from around the country are the recipients of the first-ever Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging awards. The award program recognizes outstanding community planning and strategies that support active aging and smart growth, thereby improving the quality of life of older adults.

    By adopting smart growth principles, communities can design places that increase mobility and improve quality of life for older adults. Pedestrian-friendly, level walkways also increase access to these amenities and encourage older residents to walk to the doctor’s office or local stores. By providing a range of housing opportunities, communities can enable residents to move within their neighborhood as their housing needs change. Such life-long residents help to establish a strong sense of place within a community. The benefits of building healthy communities for active aging are being realized in communities across the country.

    There are two award categories: the Commitment Award recognizes communities that have developed and begun to initiate a specific plan to implement smart growth principles and active aging concepts; the Achievement Award recognizes overall excellence in building healthy communities for active aging.

    The 2007 Achievement Award winners are the Atlanta Regional Commission and the City of Kirkland, Washington. The 2007 Commitment Award winners included: City of Rogers Adult Wellness Center, Arkansas; Carver County Public Health, Carver County, Minnesota; Town of Scarborough, Maine; Queen Anne’s County Housing and Community Development, Maryland; Brazos Valley Council of Governments, Texas. For information about the winners see awards booklet at:

    from February 2008 U.S. EPA Aging Initiative List Serve,

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    Gov Sarah Palin call-in KYUK

    Last Friday there was a brief news story about the governor maybe coming to Bethel. An even briefer notice on the radio today (but not in the news) said there would be a call-in program with the Governor on Thursday, January 10, 2008 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM [deadline]

    Call early as I’m sure there will be a number of people trying to get in.

    local numbers for Bethel 543-KYUK (543-5985) and state-wide 1-800-478-5985 (double-check this)

    Questions to ask–

    • why did elders not get their flu shots until the week before Thanksgiving? Older people are on the priority list. The state had vaccine available from mid-September.
    • why was all that huge state block grant money spent on reducing the size of the workshop at the senior center, a partial rain shelter for the bus, siding, but no accessible toilets and no way for anyone with a walker or wheelchair to get from the parking lot to the door?
    • why is the nearest nursing home or assisted living home 500 miles away? why must we continue to have elders die unattended (for hours sometimes) at these places?
    • why is there only one intake screener for the elder abuse “hot” line?
    • why don’t state grants for senior services require an active, effective, local senior advisory board at the recipent?
    • why aren’t elders involved in emergency, pandemic, and disaster preparedness, including emergency shelters? (that’s because there is no emergency shelter in Bethel)
    • what are the state’s plans for community relocation (environmental change) and how are elders involved?
    • why are there no housing standards so elders don’t have to spend their limited income on extra heating fuel?
    • why are there public water supplies with water so discolored and distasteful that elders spend their limted income on bottled water?

    What’s your question to ask?

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