Q. Teresa asks: I want to know about the program that pays families, especially single mothers, to move to Alaska.
Shawn wonders: I heard you get paid to live there & they find you jobs and housing. How do I go about moving?
Herman says: If I moved there how long would it take to become a resident?
A. I believe you are all referring to our Permanent Fund Dividend program. There are a few misconceptions floating around here, but don’t feel badly folks, because that happens all the time.
To clear up a few, the state does not give preferential treatment to single mothers. Everyone is treated alike from the newly born to the aged; from the richest to the poorest. The state does not pay moving expenses for anyone either, nor do they find you housing and jobs.
The Permanent Fund Dividend is paid to each and every resident once a year, in October. We apply for it each January thru March. You have to have lived here one full year at the time you apply. That means if you moved here in the summer, for instance, you would have to wait until one year from the following January to apply.
All this lovely ‘free’ money, which is usually around a thousand dollars, give or take, for every resident, is from a fund which is fueled by our vast oil revenues. I wish I had put all mine into a good interest bearing account all these years. I’d be a rich woman! (I bet a lot of other folks wish that too.) Of course I could start that now. Yeah. Right. =;o)
If you’d like to learn more about it, go to www.pfd.state.ak.us/ or ‘google’ Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend. Take care, =BJ