Arizona

  • State Data Overview

    Across Arizona, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

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    Renter households that are extremely low income
    $25,100
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    -134,758
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    $43,892
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    73%
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Brooke Schipporeit

    Brooke Schipporeit

    202.662.1530 x233 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    Arizona Housing Coalition

    1495 E Osborn Rd

    Phoenix, AZ 85014

    P 602-340-9393 ext. 105

    https://www.azhousingcoalition.org

    Joan Serviss, Executive Director 

    [email protected]

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  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Brooke Schipporeit with any questions.

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    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Joan Serviss

    Executive Director

    Arizona Housing Coalition

    602-340-9393 x105

    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Carol Ditmore

    Director

    Arizona Department of Housing

    602-771-1007

    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    Ruby Dhillon-Williams

    Assistant Deputy Director of Housing & Community Development

    602-771-1010

    [email protected]


    Jeanne Redondo

    Rental Development Programs Administrator

    602-771-1031

    [email protected]


    State Entity Webpage

    Arizona Department of Housing

  • Resources
    Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Arizona (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Arizona (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Arizona and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Arizona and Nationwide

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  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.


    Renters struggling to make rent payments due to the coronavirus pandemic could benefit from $5 million in new state funding, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday. This rental assistance builds on Ducey's March 24 executive order to delay evictions for those impacted — either quarantined or facing economic challenges — by COVID-19. The rental assistance funding is part of a Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance Program that will be administered by the Arizona Department of Housing. https://tinyurl.com/rpz7tsohttps://tinyurl.com/y9yrbyno

    Updated on June 28, 2020.


    MaricopaThe County’s Human Services Department will provide emergency assistance for up to a period of three consecutive months to households that meet the income requirements and demonstrate a financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.https://tinyurl.com/yxl7tezn

    Updated on July 24, 2020.

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:


    CASS, the state’s largest single adult shelter, has reduced its capacity from 470 to 370. CASS is actively working to find alternative shelter, including hotel rooms, to allow people to practice social distancing or isolation.

    An Arizona judge upheld Governor Doug Ducey’s eviction relief after a Phoenix landlord challenged the governor’s eviction moratorium.

    Arizona’s Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance Program is so backlogged that employees are reviewing applications submitted as far back as April. Fewer than 7% of renters who have applied for the program have received assistance, even after the Arizona Department of Housing announced it would simplify the application process and hire more reviewers. While nearly 80% of funding for the program remains unspent, the total amount tenants have requested is nearly $9 million -- almost twice the amount that Governor Doug Ducey allocated for rent assistance.

    Updated on July 28, 2020.


    Governor Doug Ducey on July 16 signed an executive order extending a statewide eviction moratorium until October 31, 2020. Governor Ducey also announced $5 million to launch the Foreclosure Prevention Program and an additional $650,000 in new funding for community action agencies to improve the administration of rental assistance programs.

    Governor Doug Ducey on July 14 announced a plan to distribute nearly $6 million in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) to combat homelessness, with $4.35 million allocated to shelters, programs, and services serving people experiencing homelessness and $1.6 million for homelessness prevention.

    Updated on July 20, 2020.


    CNN reported on a Phoenix hotel that is temporarily housing people experiencing homelessness. Circle the City, a nonprofit health care provider for people experiencing homelessness, has leased 136 rooms at the Phoenix Inn.

    The White Mountain Apache Tribe will use $3 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to construct eight transitional housing units for COVID-19 patients and their families. Once the immediate threat of COVID-19 has passed, the homes will provide temporary housing for tribal members who are experiencing homelessness or in transition while their homes are being repaired.

    Arizona courts are preparing for a surge of eviction cases when Governor Doug Ducey allows the state’s eviction moratorium on July 22. The Arizona Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2020-105, outlining steps to “facilitate the orderly and safe disposition of eviction cases” in the context of the pandemic. The order directs courts not to schedule more than 25 eviction cases per hour.

    Arizona’s existing housing crisis is being exacerbated by COVID-19, and thousands of Arizonans are struggling to pay their rent amid the pandemic. A $100 million fund to create more affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness and low-income residents launched this week with assistance from Medicaid and other healthcare providers. The fund aims to reduce homelessness and address racial inequities in housing.

    Updated on July 13, 2020.


    Democratic lawmakers in Arizona are urging Governor Doug Ducey to extend the statewide eviction moratorium that is set to expire July 22. Lawmakers are concerned that rates of eviction and homelessness will surge, given that unemployment claims continue to increase, and state rental assistance has failed to arrive.

    Updated on June 29, 2020.


    The Arizona Housing Coalition, an NLIHC state partner, is advocating for additional funding for critical housing resources, including vouchers and a state tax credit program to fund affordable housing development. Arizona was facing an affordable housing crisis before the pandemic, and advocates worry about a rise in evictions and homelessness due to COVID-19.

    The Tucson City Council approved a plan to distribute $95.7 million in federal CARES Act funding, including $5 million for utility, rent, and mortgage assistance. The city also approved $5 million in federal funding for isolation and quarantine housing for people experiencing homelessness and installing wash stations and portable toilets.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.


    Eviction hearings in Pima County resumed on June 1, and nearly 600 are scheduled over the next several weeks. While Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s March 24 executive order allows tenants facing eviction due to COVID-19-related hardships to ask judges for a temporary reprieve, advocates are expressing the urgent need for emergency rental assistance.

    Nearly 11,000 Arizona renters have applied for assistance from the state’s COVID-19 Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance Program that was established two months ago, but only 600 have received assistance according to the Arizona Department of Housing. Joan Serviss, executive director of the Arizona Housing Coalition, an NLIHC state partner, fears that if people are evicted now, more affordable housing is simply not available.


    Governor Doug Ducey announced $300,000 in grant funding to provide rental assistance, telehealth, and transportation to health services. The funds come from the state’s Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund. In March, Governor Ducey announced the Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance Program. 
    Sonora Quest Laboratories is partnering with national and local nonprofits to test 300 people experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County. Other local organizations will help transport people for the testing and help them to find permanent housing.
    Arizona has spent barely 10% of the $5 million allocated to emergency rental assistance. More than 11,000 renters have applied for emergency rental assistance during the pandemic, but Arizona has given money to fewer than 550 people.


    Phoenix displaced part of a large homeless encampment.


    The Arizona state emergency management director stepped down late last week. Her resignation letter criticized moves by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, saying that his moves to put the Arizona Department of Health Services Director in charge of the state’s efforts made her functions “duplicative.”

    Arizona Governor Doug Ducey also announced a new $5 million rental assistance program to assist low income renters during the pandemic.

    In Arizona, food banks and homeless shelters are seeing unprecedented demand. With some support from state emergency funds, they are committed to keeping doors open to help those in need but the situation is as dynamic and it’s unclear how long some programs will be able to keep doors open with many losing financial support from fundraising. 

    Arizona tribes will receive $37 million from HUD for COVID-19 affordable housing. The Navajo Nation has been one of the hardest hit areas in the country from the coronavirus, with the number of cases multiplying rapidly. As of April 9, the tribe has seen 488 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 20 deaths.

    Phoenix

    NPR’s "Weekend Edition" reports on a Phoenix-based nonprofit, Circle the City, that has been housing and treating people experiencing homelessness with COVID-19 symptoms in a local hotel.

    Updated on July 20, 2020.

    Pima County

    Since evictions resumed in Pima County June 1, 783 cases have been processed, and according to a memorandum by a county administrator, an eviction order has been issued in approximately 75% of the cases.

    Updated on June 29, 2020.

    Tucson

    Tucson has leased 365 hotel rooms to house people experiencing homelessness amid the pandemic, and 390 people are currently checked into rooms. Since the program started in March, approximately 500 people have participated and 80 people have transitioned into permanent housing. 

    Updated on July 20, 2020.

    Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.


    In the third week of July, 1 in 4 adults in Arizona reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, over three hundred thousand renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment

    On July 22, the governor extended the statewide eviction moratorium until October 31, but with new restrictions. For renters to remain protected, they must do the following before August 22: request a payment plan from their landlord, re-notify them of your hardship, show proof of ongoing hardship, and show they have completed an application for rental aid. Applying for rental assistance is a slow and burdensome process for many in Arizona, with about 40% of requests for aid made to the Arizona Department of Housing deemed “incomplete” and rejected. Some applications from April still haven’t been processed. 

    Maricopa County5,000 new evictions were expected to have been filed in Maricopa County by the end of July if the statewide eviction moratorium hadn’t been extended to October 31.  July 16

    Updated: July 29


    The Aspen Institute estimates that 578,000 renters in Arizona could face eviction by the end of September. According to a weekly survey by the Census, 1 in 4 adults in the state either missed their last housing payment or have little/no confidence of being able to make next month’s housing payment.

    Pima County

    ​​​​​​52 eviction cases in Tucson, Arizona are being processed per day, compared to normally 10 to 30 cases. Research from local lawyers found that almost 200 eviction cases went forward in Pima County after the passage of the CARES Act, even though the properties had federally backed mortgages. 

    July 14

    Phoenix

    Some 22% of renters in Phoenix doubt they can make July’s rent. The state moratorium ends July 22. 

    June 26

    Updated: July 16

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb