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Khyisha’s road to success

At 25 years old, Khyisha Taylor was a single mother of three working odd jobs to support her family. Her youngest child was 6 years old at the time, and homeownership and family vacations were luxuries pushed aside in favor of putting food on the table and keeping a roof over her children’s head. A relative told Taylor about the Family Self-Sufficiency program offered through AHFC. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Taylor applied and began the process of taking control of her life, her finances and her future.

Joining the program was easy. What followed - taking a couple of career development classes, holding down a job and making rent payments on time - were the real challenges Taylor faced. Through regular monthly check-ins with her AHFC coach and because of her own hard work and commitment, Taylor began to accomplish some of the goals she set for herself.  “The incentive of being able to put some of the money I earned back into savings was helpful,” Taylor said. “And so was knowing that in the long run it would be beneficial for my family.”

On November 1, 2014, Taylor successfully completed AHFC’s Family Self- Sufficiency program. She is now 30 years old, and her children are 11, 13 and 15. Throughout the past five years, Taylor not only met her original goals but she also achieved new ones she set along the way: she holds down a job as a customer service representative at Alaska Dispatch News (formerly Anchorage Daily News), paid down her debt, raised her credit score from the mid-500s to the high 600s and purchased a car.
The incentive? Taylor put a percentage of her rent payment aside each month, and she is now the recipient of a check in the amount of $24,110. Suddenly, a family vacation and home ownership are not such a distant dream. “I plan on using that money to take my kids to Disneyland and as a down payment on a home,” Taylor said.

To learn more about AHFC’s Family Self-Sufficiency program click HERE.

Back to the future at this year’s Home Shows

March is kickoff month for the Home Show season. AHFC will have a presence starting in Juneau March 13-15 followed by Fairbanks March 20-22, Anchorage March 27-29, Kenai March 28-29 and Mat-Su April 10-12.

The focus will be on energy efficiency programs and the three options AHFC offers for renovation: purchase to renovate, refinancing to renovate and second mortgage to renovate existing dwellings. The attention to renovation is based on the fact that nearly half of the homes in Alaska are built in the late 1970s and many are in need of upgrades.

Stop by our booth for a flashback to an era gone by!

2014 energy efficiency video contest

Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) partnered with Chugach Electric Association to host the 2014 Energy Efficiency Video Contest. Two Anchorage middle schools participated, submitting almost 30 videos encouraging the public to practice energy efficiency.

AHFC’s AK EnergySmart curriculum was used by REAP and Chugach Electric Association for the video PSA contest.


View the top three videos here: http://alaskarenewableenergy.org/

Can't make it to a HomeChoice class? You may be eligible for AHFC's HomeStudy

When a homebuyer needs to complete a homebuyer education class to meet the requirements for their loan program, AHFC wants to make that process as easy and stress-free as possible. Not only do we offer a free eight hour HomeChoice class, we also offer a HomeStudy option that allows the homebuyer to complete a quiz using our HomeChoice materials. Materials are sent via email or mail. Participants who complete the HomeStudy option will not receive the committment fee discount.

Although the HomeStudy meets the requirement for a homebuyer education class, we recommend taking the full HomeChoice class to ensure you're getting the information and understanding you need to be a knowledgeable homebuyer.

To determine eligibilty, contact Beth Klein at bklein@ahfc.us or 907-330-8437.

Would you like to learn more about your energy rating?

To participate in AHFC's Home Energy Rebate Program homeowners will contact an energy rater who will visit their home and give them a rating of how energy efficient their home is. This is the starting point to determine which "fixes" will make their home as energy efficient as possible, which in turn will get them the best rebate.

But is it that easy? Take AHFC's online webinar March 25 from 6p.m.-8p.m. to learn how to best read your energy rating and get the best return on your investment. Participants who take the class often save 10 percent more than those who don't.

To learn more about the webinar click HERE or contact Betty Hall at bhall@ahfc.us or 907-330-8166.