State has sent more than $162,000 to Wrangell applicants for housing aid

Using federal pandemic relief funds, the state has paid more than $162,000 toward past-due and future rent and utility bills in Wrangell, part of $85.2 million paid out on behalf of tenants across Alaska since early April.

Of the 99 Wrangell households that applied for the aid program, which closed to applications in March, payments have gone out for 49, with 41 still in processing and seven ineligible or withdrawn, Stacy Barnes, public affairs director at the Alaska Housing Finance Corp., said last week.

Priority was given to catching up on delinquent rent, which accounted for almost $45,000...


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