Baranof Island Housing Authority

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422 Kaagwaantaan...

BIHA recently completed the construction of a new 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home and is ready to offer it up for sale. More information can be found here.

Student Voucher Program ...

As with all BIHA programs, the Baranof Island Housing Authority General Admission and Occupancy Policy applies to the Student Housing Voucher program. 

This program has been developed to increase opportunities and encourage tribal members to seek higher education and/or professional training.  BIHA shall provide up to $1,000.00 (one time) per school year for eligible full time students* (as defined below) for the purpose of assisting students by reducing housing costs associated with obtaining higher education or professional training.  A new application must be submitted each year.

Funds for this program are limited and will be awarded based on date of completed application and preferences.

Applications will be accepted for the applicable academic year until funding for the program year is exhausted.


Application

To verify federal eligibility requirements, a standard BIHA application form must be filled out and certified as complete by a staff member.  Incomplete applications will not be considered when awarding funds.  The closing date for acceptance of applications and verifications will be established annually, and will provide sufficient time for applicants to provide required forms and documentation.  

Following the closing date, applications will be reviewed by the BIHA screening committee, who will confirm the applications are complete and the applicant meets all eligibility criteria. 

Local residency is required.  Enrolled members of Sitka Tribe of Alaska will receive preference for available funding.  Preference will be applied as follows:  Applications received from Tribal members who have been deemed eligible under this program will be considered before applications received from non-tribal members who are otherwise eligible.       


Eligibility

Applicants for this program must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income as determined by HUD (see Attachment A).  Calculation of annual income for applicant students shall be based on independent student status or dependant student status.  See the definitions for each, below. 


Student 

A student is an individual who has been accepted for enrollment, or who is enrolled, as a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) seeking student in an accredited technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, or graduate or professional school.


Independent Students

For the purposes of determining income, only the independent student’s income and that of his or her household shall be counted.  The income of his or her parents is not counted when determining the eligibility of an independent student.  
A student is considered by Federal standards an independent or self supporting student if he or she meets one of the following conditions:

1. Is at least 24 years of old by December 31st of the award year;

2. Is a student that has children who receive more than half of support from the student;

3. Is an orphan or ward of the court;

4. Is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States or on active military duty;

5. Is a married student;

6. Is a graduate or professional student;

7. Is a student who has legal dependents other than a spouse.

8. Is a student who is no longer claimed as a dependant by a parent or guardian on the current year’s federal income tax return, and has filed his or her own tax return the year.


Dependent Students

A student who does not meet the federal definition of an independent student is considered a dependent student and must submit his/her parent's income and asset information on the application form.
Independent and Dependent students will be required to provide documents to verify their income and their parents' (or legal guardian's) income for the applicable year. To verify earned income, signed copies of students' and parents' most recent Federal Income Tax Return (1040) must be submitted. Non-taxable income can be verified by submitting the appropriate agency letter for the applicable year.
The type of income that will be counted for the purpose of this program shall be determined in line with the BIHA General A&O policy, Section XII, Income and Deductions. 


Payment

Funds granted are to be used for payment of school provided dormitory housing or rental of off-campus housing only.  Payment shall be made directly to the school or landlord in a single payment.  A current phone number and the physical address of the student will be kept on file. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure this information is current and correct.   


Required Academic Performance

Students receiving assistance must maintain passing grades in all classes to remain eligible under this program.  Should the applicant fail in any one of his or her classes, or should his or her status as a full time student change (i.e., student drops out or is no longer considered a full time student due to reduced class load) prior to exhaustion of the funds granted, the remaining balance must be repaid to BIHA.  It is the responsibility of the student to notify BIHA immediately of any such change, and ensure any funds remaining are repaid to BIHA. 

Failure to do so may result in denial of future assistance from BIHA, civil action in court, and, as an extreme, criminal prosecution for the misuse of federal funds.

Come visit us...

245 Katlian Street
Sitka, AK 99835

Ph. (907) 747-5088
Fax. (907) 747-5701

Hours of Operation:
Sept. 1 - May 15
Mon. - Fri., 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

May 16 - Aug 31
Mon. - Thurs., 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri., 8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Main Office

Our new office has been named Sheet’iká X’áat’i Hitx’i”
(Sitka Island Housing).

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245 Katlian Street
Sitka, AK 99835
Ph. (907) 747-5088
Fax. (907) 747-5701