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The American Rescue Plan included $10 billion to reduce homelessness nationally for veterans and nonveterans alike, and the American Jobs Plan invested $213 billion to create more affordable housing.

Homelessness disproportionately affects veterans, but the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that a variety of efforts to help veterans find housing has resulted in the rate dropping 11% in the past three years nationwide and more than 50% since 2010. Read more»

A homeless youth in the Valley. A new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development said Arizona saw the steepest rise in homeless people under age 25 in 2022, giving it the seventh-largest population of homeless youth among states for that year.

Arizona saw the largest increase in the number of homeless youth in the nation last year, at a time when other large states were seeing those numbers decline Read more»

The 2023 Tucson housing survey will help area community services address homelessness. It needs volunteers for a Jan. 25 count.

The Tucson-Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness is seeking 300 volunteers to fan out around the Tucson area on the morning of Jan. 25 and survey those without a permanent roof over their heads. Read more»

Arizona law bans cities from taking actions to stabilize or control rent increases. Landlords are legally allowed to increase rents with proper notice.

Unemployed Workers United, along with other social advocacy groups, hosted a public forum as a call for affordable housing reform in Arizona, as the state is currently facing a shortage of 270,000 homes and where rent prices exceed a reasonable share of the typical person’s income. Read more»

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Apartments in Downtown Tucson are among the few that accept federal Section 8 housing vouchers in Tucson.

A "source of income" discrimination ban, passed by a unanimous Tucson City Council, will require landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers and other government assistance as rising rents limit affordable housing options for low-income tenants. Read more»

Pima County's work to provide legal and financial help to people facing eviction during the pandemic was recognized with a 2022 Award of Excellence from the National Association for County Community and Economic Development. Read more»

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Apartments in downtown Tucson are among the few that accept federal Section 8 housing vouchers in Tucson.

Rents are going up fast in Tucson. But why does a homeowner care? What's bad for the tenants could hit the rest of Southern Arizona hard. The rental crisis requires all-guns-blazing solutions before it destroys discretionary budgets across our community. Read more»

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has opened up millions of dollars in funding for groups serving unhoused people in rural areas as the number of people living in cars, parks, and on the street at night has increased across the nation. Read more»

Manufactured homes are seen as essential to solving the nation’s housing crisis, especially for families with low incomes.

Nationwide, there's an estimated shortage of about 3.8 million housing units - stemming from growing investor ownership of homes and a construction slowdown that began in 2008 - and manufactured homes are seen as essential for providing new housing. Read more»

The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to end a moratorium on evicting residents from city-owned housing. About 190 tenants owe more than $135,000 in back rent to the city, but much of that shortfall should be covered by rental assistance funds. Read more»

Thousands of voter registration cards got mailed out with quickly outdated information. Supervisor Steve Christy wants answers. Pima County Recorder Gabriella Cazares-Kelly said it was on purpose.

Pima County Supervisor Steve Christy will dress down County Recorder Gabriella Cazares-Kelly because it's a free shot for the Republican to raise an "elections integrity" issue. Cue the Democrat's sigh and eyeroll. Read more»

Nature’s Medicine in Phoenix serves medical and recreational marijuana users. The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act states that no landlord may refuse to lease to a person based solely on the applicant’s status as a cardholder, unless it would cause the landlord to lose a monetary or licensing-related benefit under federal law or regulations.

Although the use of both medical and recreational marijuana is legal in Arizona, it is still illegal under federal law and banned from government-subsidized housing under HUD rules - a policy advocates and attorneys call discriminatory and counterproductive. Read more»

The office of the Eloy Housing Authority remains closed to the public because of the pandemic on April 12, 2022.

At least two Arizona cities – Eloy and Williams – have outsourced to private companies their public housing authorities, which disburse federally funded housing assistance to low-income residents. Read more»

Many housing authorities in Arizona refer Section 8 voucher holders to third-party websites such as Socialserve to find available rental units. However, the housing authorities themselves provide no oversight in regards to scams on these websites. In MiAsia Pasha’s case, the scammer gained access to the home through the 'Show Yourself In' tool on the Progress Residential website and provided the unique entry code to Pasha.

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»

The Phoenix Housing Department is one of more than 20 public housing authorities in the state. In April, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ordered public housing authorities across the country to review their policies and propose updates within six months to any rules that  'pose barriers to housing' for people with criminal backgrounds. Photo taken April 28, 2022.

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»

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