Last Updated on August 7, 2022 by Danielle McDonald
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs reports that there are nearly 69,000 veterans who live in Alaska, many of whom have financial problems. People with financial difficulties may find it challenging to pay their monthly bills. Fortunately, there are grants available for veterans in Alaska. These grants are offered by the federal government to provide veterans with ways to help them make ends meet during difficult financial times.
Grants for veterans in Alaska offer temporary aid to assist people with their bills and get the food they require. These programs are available to those with a low income, and who are citizens or legal immigrants. Some programs provide short-term grants that only last for a few months while others offer long-term assistance. Grants are different from loans in that they don’t have to be repaid at any given time. Moreover, you aren’t limited in the number of grant programs that you can apply for.
Grants offered for veterans in Alaska:
Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Through this federally funded program, veterans residing in Alaska who are in need of housing assistance may be eligible. The HUD program assists people in finding affordable housing, paying their rent, avoiding foreclosure, and paying for the home repairs needed.
Veterans must meet the low income requirements to be eligible. You may contact the Alaska HUD office to apply for the program.
There is also a similar program in Arizona.
Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP)
This program offers cash grants to veterans living in Alaska. It is available to anyone who has minor dependent children, and meets the requirements for low income. ATAP’s goal is to provide cash assistance temporarily and assist people in becoming self-sufficient since the cash assistance has only a 60-month lifetime limit. The monetary aid can be used to cover a variety of living expenses such as transportation, clothing, bills and prescriptions.
The veteran’s income, family size, and expenses will all affect the amount of cash that they receive. This cash grant program can be applied for online or at the local social services office.
Heating Assistance Program (HAP)
There are grants for veterans in Alaska that can help pay heating bills. It can be difficult for many people to pay their heating bills in the summer. They might be eligible for HAP, which will offer to pay their heating bills.
Applications are accepted starting on October 1 each year, then the grants are awarded starting on November 1. Online applications are accepted or they can also print the application and mail it in. The applicants must meet the low income requirements to be eligible.
Alaska Food Stamp Program
The Alaska Food Stamp Program offers grants to people who need assistance in purchasing food. The veterans who are eligible for the program are given the Alaska Quest Card, which is an electronic debit-style card. The grant will be added each month to the card and it can be used at the farmers market and store to purchase groceries.
The program is available to all ages, and all citizens who meet the low income requirements, have a social security number and are residents of the state. It is required for grantees between the ages of 16 to 59 to register for work and take part in training programs. This program is similar to the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
You can apply by visiting their local social services office or printing an application and mailing it in.
Adult Public Assistance (APA)
Financial assistance for veterans may be available through APA. This program is available to anyone over the age of 65 who is blind or disabled, citizens or legal immigrants, residents of the state, and who meets the low income requirements. This grants a cash assistance each month that can be used for living expenses by those who have been approved.
To be eligible for this program, anyone under 65 years old must be visually impaired or blind, while those over 65 don’t have to be blind or disabled to apply. The application can be filled out at the local social services office or printed and mailed in.
There are various grants offered to veterans residing in Alaska that will help them in times of crisis. These programs provide financial assistance for rent, food, heating and other expenses.