ACCESS TO SAFE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING
A fundamental necessity for every individual in Alaska is adequate shelter. As the only provider of free legal assistance to distressed homeowners, low-income tenants and landlords in Alaska, ALSC believes access to safe, affordable housing is essential to the health of our communities. By providing legal advice and assistance, ALSC helps Alaska’s families, veterans, seniors and other vulnerable members of the population stay in their homes and avoid homelessness.
We help clients avoid eviction or foreclosure, resolve landlord-tenant disputes, and ensure adequate repairs are made to substandard housing. Working to resolve these issues not only preserves homes, but also reduces the need for expensive emergency shelter, medical treatment, lost educational opportunities, missed work-days and reduced income.
The Fair Housing Enforcement Project of Alaska Legal Services is Alaska’s only statewide full-service fair housing organization. We work to eliminate housing discrimination and to ensure equal housing opportunity for all people in Alaska through education, outreach, public policy initiatives, and enforcement. The Fair Housing Enforcement Project provides services to members of all protected classes, with special emphasis upon underserved areas and populations including Alaska Natives; immigrants; residents who are non-English speaking or have limited English proficiency; rural residents; persons with disabilities; homeless individuals; and persons residing in areas with large concentrations of people of color. All fair housing services are provided free of charge. There are no income eligibility requirements.
Housing Helpline and Clinics
ALSC offers a Landlord/Tenant Legal Helpline to provide free assistance to both tenants and landlords with legal questions and situations. Staffed by volunteer attorneys, this Landlord/Tenant Helpline is open to receive calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The number to call in the Anchorage area is 907-743-1000. For outside of the Anchorage area, you can call the toll-free number at 855-743-1001.
In Anchorage we also offer a free Landlord/Tenant Legal Clinic on the first Thursday of every month from 6-8 pm at the Fairview Community Recreation Center.