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Housing

Project Lead
NANA Regional Corporation
Albie Panikpaiq Dallemolle, VP, Economic Development and Sustainability
(907) 442-8104
albie.dallemolle@nana.com

Overview
Data shows affordable and available housing are the top one and three issues NANA shareholders face. Lack of housing throughout the region and state continues to be a major issue that expands beyond basic shelter, it intersects with health and safety, educational outcomes, employment and overall quality of life for the people of Northwest Alaska. Without affordable and available housing options, residents are forced into overcrowded living conditions and/or to outmigration away from their families, communities and traditional lands. The lack of housing also impacts public and private organizations by making it difficult to recruit and retain professionals.

In the last fifteen years, the cost to build homes has increased exponentially, particularly in rural Alaska. Today, the estimated total cost to construct one home in the region is $900,000, which includes costs associated with planning and design, site development, shipping materials, and labor. The high costs compounded by insufficient programmatic funding and regulatory barriers limit the number of new homes that get built each year.

NWALT supports collaborating with private and public partners at the local, regional, state and federal level to create a suite of solutions that will address the various components of the housing issue. NWALT identifies addressing the high costs of site development and shipping as an effective solution that will allow Tribes, housing authorities and other organizations to focus their funding solely on constructing homes.

NWALT supports collaborating with private and public partners at the local, regional, state and federal level to create a suite

of solutions that will address the various components of the housing issue.