Arizona’s Medicaid agency is building a 70-bed transitional housing facility for people who are experiencing homelessnesss and are diagnosed with serious mental illness.
Housing experts say the problem is there are too few homes to buy or rent and too many people moving into—or within—the Valley.
A new 6,300 square-foot homeless shelter in downtown Phoenix will house up to 100 people overnight, and will be equipped with showers, restrooms, and air conditioning.
The number of Arizonans fearing eviction has grown sharply, with advocates and landlords both saying rental assistance has not reached renters fast enough.
“I think the average wait for families is around seven years,” he said, “so these are families that have been waiting and in desperate need."
Arizona's housing crisis is the focus of new legislation that aims to increase supply of low income units and set aside $89 million to combat homelessness.
Not only does Arizona not have rent control, it prevents municipalities from passing their own restrictions on rent.
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