Page Reviewed / Updated – May 12, 2020

Program Description

Alaska’s Senior Benefits Program provides monthly cash assistance to elderly state residents who have low-to-moderate income levels, and is administered by Alaska’s Department of Health & Social Services’ Division of Public Assistance. Unlike most state elderly assistance programs, it is not designed to provide assistance for any specific purpose, such as home care, adult day care, or home modifications. Instead, program participants are free to use the resources however they choose. It also differs from most elderly assistance programs in that the program is intended to help both frail and healthy seniors.

There is no requirement that beneficiaries live in their own home, only in the state of Alaska. Residents of assisted living communities in Alaska can also receive Senior Benefits. However, those residing in nursing homes or in Pioneer Homes (state subsidized assisted living) are not eligible.

Eligibility Guidelines

Age – applicants must be at least 65 years of age.

Residency – applicants must be legal Alaska residents with a Social Security number. If an applicant does not have a Social Security number, there must be documentation showing he or she has applied for one.  

Income Limits – the income limits are revised annually and are based on the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The limit amounts, as of April of 2020, are shown in the Benefits section below. Income is defined as any money coming in that one is able to use to live. This includes Social Security payments, annuity payments, pension payments, disability benefits, veteran’s benefits, alimony, dividend stocks / bonds, etc.

Assets Limits – there are no asset limits.

Benefits and Services

The Senior Benefits Program provides payment directly to participating individuals. There are no restrictions on how the benefits may be spent. The table below shows the benefit amounts as of April of 2020. This budget is for the 2020 state fiscal year, which is from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Alaska Senior Benefits Program 2019 Income Limits and Benefit Amounts (As of April 2019)
Individual Annual Income Limits Individual Monthly Benefit Amount Married Couple Income Limits Married Couple Monthly Benefit Amount
Under $11,963 $250 Under $16,163 $250
$11,963- $15,950 $175 $16,163 $21,550 $175
$15,950- $27,913 $76  $21,550- $37,713 $76

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How to Apply / Learn More

To apply for Alaska’s Senior Benefits, one can contact the Senior Benefits Office directly by calling 1-888-352-4150 or 1-907-352-4150. Alternatively, an application can be downloaded here.

Program participants must file a renewal application annually as both the applicant’s financial situation and the program’s income limits can change. More information is available on this webpage.

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