Housing


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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...

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Fight for Your Rights: How to Organize a Tenants Union

Phoenix advocacy group Worried About Rent provides resources to help guide tenants through forming a union.  Tenants living in the Amara Apartments complex in Phoenix hit a breaking point last year.  From cockroach infestations to ceiling collapses, flooding, and unaddressed holes in walls, the Amara renters felt they could no longer stand their landlords’ alleged...

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Biden Signed Nearly 30 Executive Orders This Week. Here Are Three That Can Help Arizona Now.

Some orders signed by the president will impact housing insecurity, mask safeguards, and student loans for everyday Arizonans.

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Chandler Landlords to Receive $400 Incentive for Each Property Leased to Section 8 Families

There are currently only three affordable housing units available in Chandler, but there are over 100 families with vouchers in need of a place to live.

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Arizona Landlords Have an Advantage in Evictions — and the House Always Wins

Throughout 2020, landlords had attorneys in about 89% of Maricopa County eviction cases. Less than 1% of tenants had legal representation.