COVID-19 continues to change our community. To protect the public health and welfare, social distancing requirements have been implemented, including the closure of non-essential businesses and ordering people to hunker down. Many people who work in businesses that have closed are people that rent. As a result, demand on existing rental assistance programs is up and expected to rise. This resolution would provide funds to support the rental assistance program currently offered by the nonprofit Alaska Housing Development Corporation.
This topic was discussed at the Special Assembly meeting on April 2. An opportunity for public testimony was provided at the Regular Assembly meeting on April 6 after which the Assembly continued this resolution to April 13. On April 9, the Economic Stabilization Task Force recommended the Assembly postpone action on this item for a week to give the task force additional time to make an informed recommendation. On April 13, the Assembly postponed further consideration of this emergency appropriation resolution until April 20, 2020.