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Private landlords have become the key to Arizona subsidized housing

Private landlords serve as gatekeepers for tenants who’ve received vouchers, but the majority of Arizona’s roughly two dozen public housing authorities, which manage the program for HUD, lack a formal process for approving private landlords.... Read more»

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Arizona’s criminal background checks bar applicants from public housing

As they look for a place to live in Arizona’s overheated rental market, applicants with criminal backgrounds seeking government-supported housing face hurdles that go far beyond what federal guidelines require. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Christy fairly needles fellow Pima Supes, Tucson-area governments set to start approving budgets

No, Republicans, "crazy" isn't a prerequisite for making life hard on Democrats, as Supervisor Steve Christy proves with some smart bird-dogging. ... Read more»

Federal government takes first step in addressing home value inequalities — much remains to be done

Despite changes recommended by the Biden administration Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity action plan to address home appraisal bias in predominantly Black neighborhoods, they say it can do only so much without other systemic fixes. ... Read more»

Education, housing, paid leave: Advocates demand record budget surplus be invested in Arizonans’ well-being

Citing the state's record-high surplus, community advocacy organizations ACE and the People First Economy for Arizona called on legislators to ramp up education funding and mobilize the estimated $5.3 billion surplus to benefit Arizonans.... Read more»

Rising construction costs stall affordable housing projects

Developers across the country are scrambling to find gap financing to cover increased material and labor costs - and the construction slowdown is coming at a time when there is a desperate need to increase the nation’s supply of affordable housing. ... Read more»

Tucson asking Oracle & South 6th residents about Norte-Sur corridor plans

The city of Tucson is asking residents what they want to see in the Norte-Sur corridor, a plan that will guide transit and affordable housing near a 15-mile stretch of road between the Tucson Mall and International Airport. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: More 'housing first' investments a better choice than 'sanctioned camping' for Tucson's homeless

We have many disused old motels here in Tucson, so we have an opportunity to buy more properties like the Wildcat Inn. If we’ve got a million and a half dollars to spend, I’d much rather buy one of those that spend it on a temporary solution such as a sanctioned camping area.... Read more»

ICE spent more than $9 million on unused El Paso hotel beds for detained migrants

Millions were wasted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on unused hotel beds for detained migrants in Arizona and Texas, and the company overseeing the hotels failed to follow COVID-19 protocols with the migrant families.... Read more»

$41 million in rent help to be distributed by Pima County through Sept.

Pima County and the city of Tucson expect to hand out $41 million in rental assistance by September, even as Tucson plans to bow out of the program this summer as its funding runs out.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Flores: Pima Community Land Trust responds to fair housing crisis

This year, Fair Housing Month comes smack in the middle of a housing crisis of great magnitude. For the past two years, many members of our community have experienced an even greater hardship as a direct result of skyrocketing prices and rents that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Pima County to vote on new boss, Tucson considers homeless plan

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is retiring six months after a nasty bike accident. As one era ends, supervisors are set to consider making Jan Lesher a permanent replacement.... Read more»

Tucson OKs affordable housing subsidies to for-profit developers, hopes for quick results

The Tucson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to include for-profit developers in impact fee subsidies with the aim of quickly creating more affordable housing. This will reduce costs for projects planned in Menlo Park and Dunbar Spring.... Read more»

The pandemic prompted people to move, but many didn’t go far

In the year after the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, moves out of city centers increased from the year before, as did moves into rural and suburban areas - but the trend slowed considerably during the second year of the pandemic. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Tucson mulls affordable housing & pot-license incentives, Sunnyside students go walkabout

The Tucson City Council will vote on whether to waive impact fees to coax more affordabie housing as home inventory plummets, after they mull social equity incentives for marijuana businesses.... Read more»

New Pima County constable replacing 'rebel eviction enforcer' calls for unity among colleagues

The new Pima County constable for Precinct 8 in Midtown, where "rebel eviction enforcer" Kristen Randall served until resigning in January, is calling on her coworkers to work together to help constables "do right by the people."... Read more»

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