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Fauske Legacy Guides the Way

It has been a few difficult weeks for us here at Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.

On April 5 we lost former CEO/Executive Director Dan Fauske to cancer. For 18 years Dan kept a steady hand on the growth of AHFC.

In essence Dan built one of the most well-run housing agencies in the country, earning respect from Wall Street to the Capitol, and Alaskans all across the state.

We owe Dan and his family gratitude.

Dan was a force of nature, using his talent and can-do-attitude for the common good, treating everyone equally. 

Dan’s legacy of compassionately working to improve the lives of all Alaskans will serve as an inspiration for all of us.

On April 8, Governor Bill Walker signed HB 143 naming our headquarters building at 4300 Boniface Parkway in Anchorage the Daniel R. Fauske building. Complete video from the signing with all of the speakers is available on our website at www.ahfc.us.

Bryan Butcher
CEO/Executive Director

Public Housing is Going Smoke-Free in 2017

In advance of new federal regulations from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) stating that all public housing buildings must be "smoke-free" by 2018, all AHFC units converted to nonsmoking units on May 1, 2017.

Individuals wishing to smoke will need to be at least 25 feet from AHFC owned buildings. The policy applies to units owned and managed by AHFC. Families receiving assistance from voucher programs or renting through private landlords are subject to individual lease requirements.

A survey of AHFC residents resulted in over 75 percent of respondents supporting smoke-free housing.

Cathy Stone, director of the public housing division says that the response to going “smoke-free” has largely been positive. “We’ve done two resident surveys and in both, the vast majority wanted smoke-free facilities. Going smoke-free will allow us to protect the health and safety of residents, and reduce costs and fire risks.”

AHFC is contacting residents individually. For questions about the new policy, email rokeefe@ahfc.us or call 907-338-6100 (Anchorage) or 800-478-AHFC (2432).

Alaska’s kids learning from AK EnergySmart

A hands-on interdisciplinary resource for K-12 that raises the energy literacy of youth through investigation of energy, why we need energy and how it can be conserved is the basis of AK Energy Smart.

The curriculum is free to educators across the state, and administered through a partnership with Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP). In 2016 more than 2,700 students learned about energy with AK EnergySmart.

A promotional video highlights the program for educators.

Check it out here, and share it with teachers and school district officials who can find detailed lesson plans at akenergysmart.org.

Renovations on your mind?

Did you catch AHFC’s booth at one of the five home shows around the state? Staff brought nostalgia with a ‘70s era kitchen themed booth.
More than half of the homes built in Alaska were built in the 1970s and ‘80s, and families across the state are looking to upgrade.

Research shows that energy efficiency measures offer the greatest operational payback but kitchen remodels benefit from investment.

If you’re looking for renovation financing, AHFC has mulitple options with newly increased loan limits.  Borrow up to $75,000 for renovations when purchasing a new home and up to $318,075 for a second mortgage. Find out more here.

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AHFC staff are always quick to sign up to volunteer for the home shows because it is so fun talking with the people who stop by to chat.

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