Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP)
The Alaska Temporary Assistance Program is shortened ATAP. ATAP is provided through the Alaska Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grant. ATAP aids low income families with children with cash assistance and employment. The goal is to enable them to become self sufficient. With ATAP, the beneficiaries feel more as part of the solution since they will be able to fend for themselves after aid ceases. This is in comparison to the previous regular public assistance program whose main focus was financial aid.
Denali Kidcare is all about providing Alaskan kids with health insurance. It is an expansion of Medicaid that is supported by the State of Alaska. Every child is eligible regardless of whether their parents are working or not. Denali Kidcare covers most of the health requirements that children and teens have as they grow.
Food Stamps (SNAP)
The largest food assistance program in Alaska is the Food Stamp Program and it is supported fully by the Federal government of the US. It is a must for the beneficiaries to meet certain conditions before they are declared eligible for the program.
The LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) also know as HAP (Heating Assistance Program) in Alaska offers grants to low-income households who cannot afford to pay their heating bills. The program opens from October through April.
Medicaid is a federal health insurance program available to the residents of Alaska. The program provides basic healthcare coverage for individuals and families with low monthly income. Residents of Alaska can apply for Medicaid benefits at any time of the year.
The Alaska Weatherization Assistance Program is a federally sponsored program that helps low-income households in Alaska to implement energy conservation measures in their homes. This program provides low-income families with the funding necessary to conserve energy in the home. These funds are also used to insulate the homes of its beneficiaries especially those individuals with disability, elderly, and families with children.