Arizona offers families and individuals a number of housing assistance as well as rental programs. While most of the resources are run at the state level by the Arizona Department of Housing, applications are usually accepted by regional non-profits. Cash assistance and vouchers may also be distributed by the local agencies. Get information on the primary housing programs below.
Project-Based Rental Assistance – This federal government Housing and Urban Development funded program offers affordable housing units (including apartments and homes) to households that are at or below 50% of the areas average income. Vouchers provided by this program can help qualified families pay their rent and meet their housing needs. There is usually a waiting list, and applications are usually accepted by local housing or community action agencies in your county. This program is often referred to as section 8 housing.
Rent assistance and eviction prevention – The government created Homeless Prevention Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) can help people pay their rent if they are faced with an eviction. there are other forms of support provided too. It can also help people who are currently homeless find new housing and help pay for security deposits and moving expenses. The program is run at the local level by agencies such as the Salvation Army and community action agencies.
Some housing programs can help people with medical needs. One program is for families who have a member of the household who has Alzheimer’s disease and another medical program can assist individuals with HIV/AIDS or their immediate family members.
Phoenix HD (call (602)262-6794) and Maricopa County HA (dial (602)744-4500) both offer housing for the low income. The agencies can also provide information or housing/rent assistance to households in the region. Read more on what non-profit housing authorities can do for the low income.
A number of non-profit agencies provide rent and housing assistance to AIDS/HIV patients. The number and types of services that they provide vary widely. They can range from rental assistance to low income housing or referrals, supportive services, and even some medical assistance. Some counties across the state have help distributed by local non-profits, and for other parts of Arizona the lead agency to call is the County Health Department.
Renters with Emotional Disturbances, Serious Mental Illness, or Chronic Substance Abuse may be able to access safe and affordable low income housing. Those programs are run by the Arizona Department of Housing, and their phone number is below.
Seasonal farm workers or migrants can seek housing and other support services from Arizona Interagency Farmworker Coalition, Inc. Call (602) 253-0090, ext. 225. In order to qualify for emergency rental assistance one member of the applying household needs to have had recent employment for at least three months of the year in the agricultural sector.
Victims of domestic violence can receive free legal advocacy, housing, be provided safety, shelter, support, and information. Various assistance programs, including financial, rent, and housing, are provided by the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence to people who have undergone violence. Call (602) 279-2900 or (800) 782-6400. A leading goal is to help to victims of domestic violence, regardless of their background or situation, and their children move into secure apartments or homes.
Emergency home repairs – Low income homeowners may be able to qualify for repairs from the Arizona Department of Housing. Funding is mostly limited to updates that are required to make a home safe and livable for qualified people, including seniors and the disabled. Repairs also tend to be basic type updates.
Renters can learn their legal rights from the Arizona Residential Landlord & Tenant Act. This is available for renters, and it will advise on what rights and responsibilities both tenants and landlords have. As just an example, it can explain rules and regulations on what to do when a tenant needs a landlord to make repairs to the home or apartment they are leasing. It also provides information on illegal evictions. Call (602) 542-4086.
The Arizona Department of Housing is the leading agency for these and many other emergency housing programs. Call them at 602.771.1000.
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