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Keith Boullen, a landlord in midtown Tucson, repairs a lock after his tenant was evicted by Pima County Constable Kristen Randall.

Tucked in the pandemic relief act in 2020 was about $9 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to divvy up between cities and states for housing-related coronavirus fallout - but 20 months later, cities and states have only spent about a quarter of the funds. Read more»

USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Justin Maxson with resident Shamar El-Shabazz and site manager Hassana 'Aliyah' Shareef at Hunters Ridge Apartments, a multifamily property development, in Farmville, N.C.

States with small populations say a federal plan to take back unspent emergency rental aid and redistribute it elsewhere is unfair, potentially depriving them and their residents of millions of dollars to address broad affordable housing challenges. Read more»

The U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday overturned a federal moratorium on evictions during the COVID-19 crisis, saying that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not have the authority to impose such a rule. While some states have their own moratoriums, that is not the case in Arizona, where as many as 253,000 families may be behind on their rent.

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a national eviction moratorium late Thursday comes as an estimated one-fifth of U.S. renters are behind on the rent – including 253,000 in Arizona - and the state is in the midst of a dangerous surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more»

Democrats scrambled last week to get federal legal protections extended until December, but were unsuccessful, and the House now is out for recess until Sept. 20.

President Joe Biden on Monday called on state and local governments to put their own pause on federal evictions for at least two months, and urged them to use $46.5 billion provided by the coronavirus relief package for tenants and landlords. Read more»