Arizona eviction prevention and homeless programs.
Non-profit organizations work with the Arizona Department of Economic Security, or DES, to offer both eviction and foreclosure prevention services. Most of the financial aid is coordinated through local community action agencies detailed below. Not only can funds, case management and support be offered to low income residents facing an imminent eviction, but there are also resources for currently homeless families. This can include grants to pay security deposits, first month's rent, and utility connection fees.
Individuals that need emergency rent help need to refer to Short Term Crisis Services, STCS. This financial aid is made available from DES contracts that have been put into place with the local community agencies. For qualified applicants, they can receive short term, one time financial assistance. Funds are made available to low income families experiencing an emergency, such as those having a pay or quite notice from their landlord.
Various qualifications have been put into place by the Arizona agencies. They include the rent or housing cost that is due cannot be met by their own income and the applicant needs to be out of all other options. Applicants also must have a dependent child. Depending on available resources, Short Term Crisis Services can help with some or all of the following.
- Financial aid to prevent homelessness. The state may have emergency assistance for paying a partial rent or mortgage payment.
- Utility bill payments and deposit or connection assistance, if needed.
- Security deposits for the homeless or a family looking to move into a more affordable or low income apartment.
- Reimbursement for expenses related to maintaining or securing employment, maybe even including transportation. Loans may be issued for these bills in some cases.
- Emergency shelter or more midterm transitional housing.
- Free legal support, including representation in court if needed.
- Free foreclosure counseling or help with completing home loan / mortgage modifications.
In order to receive help from the Arizona Short Term Crisis Services program, a number of conditions need to be met by applicants. Among them include some or all of the following. Also, a community action agency can also change program terms if and when needed. If not qualified, then find other sources of assistance for rental costs.
- Loss of income not caused by the applicant.
- Domestic violence, or maybe a separation from the family.
- Unforeseen event, so as death of spouse, that makes it difficult to afford the monthly rent payment.
- Income conditions are in place as well, and they are set by the state of Arizona and DES.
Ending homelessness, including rehousing individuals, is also a focus. The State Homeless Coordination Office works with community agencies on this. There may be funds from the federal government Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) program. Also, the state of Arizona coordinates other resources, including from the Continuum of Care.
For those that qualify, they can access cash assistance or maybe a no interest loan. This is a form of housing available from a combination of federal government, state of Arizona and donated funds. The homeless can access transitional housing and get help in locating permanent, low income apartments. There may also be assistance available to pay a security deposit, application fees, or rent on the new home. Clients also gain access to case management, outreach and more.
While there is some support for those looking for a new home, the focus is on stopping homelessness to begin with. So those income and otherwise qualified families with an eviction notice may receive case management or stabilization services. This can include landlord - tenant mediation or free legal advice. In some cases, a non-profit community action agency may have access to grants from the Department of Economic Security that they can use to help pay a portion of the clients rent.
The main organizations for case management as well as eviction help, using either DES funds or another source, are below. Each has their own terms and conditions in place, and applicants will need to meet them before any assistance is provided. If those resources do not work, find other Arizona community action agencies.
Arizona agencies for eviction help and programs for the homeless
The resources offered by each agency will vary, and can change over time. However, key DES partners are as follows.
City of Mesa residents can dial (480) 833-9200 for information on homeless programs, security deposits, and other aid.
City of Phoenix - (602) 262-4520
This may be the organization that receives the most requests on stopping an eviction. Residents can learn about government grants for back rent, and if funding is available, the homeless that are now stable can receive funds for a security deposit on a new apartment in Maricopa County. Find more details on homeless prevention in Phoenix and Maricopa County.
Coconino County - (928) 679-7425
County of Pinal - Call (520) 466-1112. For more details, find Pinal County eviction prevention programs.
County - Gila. Residents should dial (928) 425-7631.
City of Glendale - (623) 930-2854
Emergency programs are available to tenants with a pay or quit notice. Linkage is also given to legal aid or rehousing services, which may help with utility and rental deposits as well.
County of Maricopa, dial (602) 506-5911
Counties - Apache, Navajo, Yavapai, Coconino. For information on rent help to stop an eviction, dial (928) 774-1895.
County - Pima. Telephone - (520) 243-6748.
Tenants facing an eviction (that they did not cause) can seek assistance. Whether it is legal aid or representation in housing county, or a grant, help is available. More on Pima County.
Counties - Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, and Santa Cruz. Call (928) 428-4653.
Counties of La Paz, Mohave, Yuma, dial (928) 782-1886