Housing


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Over $400 Million Still Available in Eviction Prevention Funds as Moratorium Ends

Government agencies in Arizona have only distributed 17% of federal funds made available for emergency rental assistance.

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Middle-Class Arizonans Are Being Pushed Out of the Housing Market

A low supply of affordable homes in the Phoenix area is creating an extremely competitive housing market.

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Evicted During the Pandemic? This Arizona Lawmaker’s Bill Would Help You.

The proposal would require credit agencies to exclude evictions from reports that occurred throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Corporation Commission Votes to Stop Power Disconnection During Summer Heat

The Arizona Corporation Commission voted to ban disconnections for customers who owe less than $300 for electricity. With summerlike heat already here and triple-digit temperatures around the corner, Arizonans are cranking up the air-conditioning in April. As electricity use increases, some Arizona residents who struggle to pay their power bill risk being disconnected. Last week,...

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Feds Extend Eviction Moratorium for 90 Days To Slow COVID-19 Spread

Nearly 170,000 Arizona renters are not current on their rent. A federal eviction moratorium that was scheduled to end Wednesday has been extended through June 30, good news for the close to 114,000 Arizona renters who think they are at risk of eviction. It’s at least the third extension ordered by the Centers for Disease...

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 07: The Medrano family sits outside their RV on October 07, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. They had narrowly avoided eviction from the RV park earlier in the day. Even for families who have remained healthy from the coronavirus, the indirect effects of the pandemic have been especially tough on America's poor, who often deal with simultaneous crises, even in normal times. In the Medrano family's case, inconsistent work, a string of tragedies and even family separation have combined to push them to the brink of homelessness. This summer Medrano's work as a truck driver was sporadic due to the pandemic economy. Meanwhile, he spent his entire savings on three funerals for family members in less than four months. Causing further family stress, Medrano's wife Ana Cecilia, who had temporary residency status in the U.S. traveled to Mexico in December of 2019 to care for her sick mother, but has since been unable to return to Arizona due to a sealed U.S.-Mexico border. The separation left Hector Medrano to care for their four children, supervising distance learning during the day, while working nights. For families like the Medranos, new federal pandemic assistance, yet to be authorized by Congress, cannot come soon enough. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Pima County Allocates $10M to Help People on the Edge of Losing Their Homes

The money will help renters get access to private legal help, rather than just through the county’s Eviction Prevention Clinics.

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Worried About Rent? COVID Rental Assistance Applications Will Soon Reopen

Applications for the state reopen Feb. 23, while those for Phoenix reopen March 8.  Soon renters will be able to get the help many need to pay their rent.  While government bodies made money available for COVID rental assistance last year, much of it has dried up. Applications for state and local aid closed as...