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Phoenix and Maricopa County rental assistance.

Get information on charity agencies, churches and government programs that offer emergency rental assistance to Phoenix area individuals as well as low income families. In addition to paying funds to prevent an eviction, several organizations also offer free motel vouchers for those who are homeless or security deposit assistance. There is also support from churches in Maricopa County for people need temporary lodging while they try to get back on track with their rent payments.

Low income individuals can get rent assistance from Phoenix and Maricopa County Human Services Department Community Services Commission. Get information on available resources, and also receive help applying for grants and emergency financial aid. Families can get help with basic needs through financial assistance, referral, information, education and other government and social services. One of the greatest needs these days is for rent payment assistance to prevent eviction, and funds can support families facing an eviction. Dial 602-506-5911. There are multiple offices as well, including the following.

  • Adress is 234 S Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85003
  • A Human Service office is at 9555 W Van Buren St, Tolleson, AZ 85353
  • 5949 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301
  • Location is 7700 E Roosevelt St, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
  • Mailing address is 1140 N Gilbert Rd # 109, Gilbert, Arizona 85234
  • 9555 W Van Buren St is another location in Tolleson, AZ 85353. Call (480) 892-5331

The state of Arizona runs the Eviction Prevention and Emergency Homeless Housing (EPEH) Program, which also covers the city of Phoenix. Assistance offered by the program includes rental eviction prevention, money for security deposits, funds for first months or past due rent, and other housing aid. Dial Central Phoenix Family Services at 602-534-1250. Or more on Human Services assistance programs in Phoenix.

Phoenix Arizona Salvation Army offers housing and rent assistance. Some money can even pay energy bills. Strict income limits have been put into place, so only qualified individuals can get rental assistance. The non-profit also runs a shelter and transitional housing units. Dial 602-267-4122. There are multiple offices, including one at 2707 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, Arizona 85008.

 

 

 

  • Another location is Salvation Army Phoenix South Mountain is at 1351 E. Broadway Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85040. Call (602) 276-7396 to see if funds or money for rent or bills is offered, or low cost furniture.
     
  • The Chandler Salvation Army housing programs can be reached at (480) 963-2041, whether it is shelter, a motel voucher, or a few dollars to help pay rent. Center is at 85 E Saragosa St., Chandler, AZ 85225.
     
  • Salvation Army of Tempe is at 714 S Myrtle Ave, Tempe, Arizona 85281. Call (480) 967-8649

Society of St. Vincent de Paul can help people of all backgrounds and religion. Various programs can help pay bills, provide free food, and of course emergency funds to pay rent and housing expenses. Loans may also be issued on occasion from the Maricopa County Saint Vincent churches. The Society can be reached at 602-266-HOPE (4673).

The working poor, unemployed, very low income, and people at the poverty level can contact Homeless Helpers Inc. They run housing for the lowest income. Numerous resources and services are offered for low income, including emergency rent help and counseling. 602-381-6363

Chicanos Por La Causa covers parts of Maricopa County too, with applications in Spanish and for immigrants. Everything from mortgage to rent help, utility or electric bill help, loans, and legal aid is offered. The staff can help with housing discrimination, help with applications to rent subsidized housing and other benefits. The non-profit is at 1112 E Buckeye Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85034. Call (602) 257-0700.

Phoenix based Community Housing Partnership Phoenix (phone 602-253-6905) in another non-profit agency to call for financial assistance. This government affiliated agency also works with local developers in order to ensure there is adequate low income housing available for the homeless and low income. Address is 609 N 9th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006.

 

 

 

 

Family Services Center - There are a few multi-purpose government locations in the Maricopa County, as noted below. The locations may have funds to address housing issues. Applicants may either receive direct financial aid for paying rent. Other programs may be for energy costs and security deposits. The addresses are:

John Long Center is at 3454 N 51st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85031, or call (602) 262-6510). Another office, Sunnyslope, is located at 914 W Hatcher Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85021, phone ((602) 495-5229). Or try the Travis center at 4732 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85040, phone number is ((602) 534-4732). Whether it is short term housing, grants that assist with back rent, legal aid, or something else, support is offered.

Your local community action agency is also a leading agency to call for emergency rental assistance. Some funds may also be offered for paying security deposits. Volunteers and social workers offer free case management services and advice for homeless individuals and families as well as the low income.

These non-profits rely on both private donations and government grants to stay in operation, so funding is limited and many applicants will not qualify for help. But when qualified, everything from immediate rental assistance to loans, case management, landlord-tenant mediation and other housing resources may be offered.

  • There are several offices in the Maricopa County region, call the Tempe location at (480) 350-5880 or the Glendale Arizona center at (623) 930-2854.
     
  • Or try AZCEND Community Action Program of Chandler region. (call (480) 963-1423).
     
  • There is also Gila Bend Community Action Program also offers energy conservation (weatherization), shelters, information on section 8 rent subsidies or govenrment aid and more. Phone - (928) 683-6507
     
  • Vista del Camino Community Action Program is another option. They cover that part of the county from 7700 E Roosevelt St, Scottsdale, AZ 85257-4441. When facing an eviction, financial aid may be paid out for rent or utility bills (if that could cause homelessness). They also support Spanish speakers and immigrants with affordable housing referrals, information on rent or security deposit help and more. This is the Scottsdale Social Services as well. Dial (480) 312-2323
     
  • Peoria Community Action is for low income residents of the city and surrounding region. Both rent and utility (including deposit or connection help) is offered from 8335 W Jefferson St, Peoria, Arizona 85345. Call (623) 979-3911
     
  • Avondale Community Action Program is another option. The non-profit is at 995 E Riley Dr, Avondale, AZ 85323. There is a resource and housing center for financial assistance and more. Call (623) 333-2703.

 

 

 

 

Phoenix Housing Department Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program runs this federal government HUD approved resource. This is for the very low income and the funds and grants will be used to pay a portion of a client’s monthly rent expense. Housing and rental help is also offered for seniors in Maricopa County from the related section 202 voucher program. Call (602) 534-1974 for details. The mailing address is 830 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, Arizona 85034.

  • The Maricopa County Housing Authority also provides Section 8 housing resources county wide, with services in Spanish as well. They run public housing as well as Family-Self-Sufficiency programs. The low income, seniors, immigrants, disabled and others may get priority for expedited section 8 HUD vouchers. However there is almost always a waiting list for rent subsidized, affordable apartments. For more information, the address is 8910 N. 78th Avenue, Peoria, Arizona 85345. The intake number is 602-744-4500.

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church runs a Benevolence Fund from 1401 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85034. This will allow the needy, people in crisis, elderly and others to apply for free grants for their housing payments, whether rent, mortgages, utilities or security deposits. Income and residency criteria are in place. The number is (602) 258-0831

Social Services Emergency Assistance has information and referrals to Phoenix non-profits as well as government rental assistance programs. Qualified low income families, including seniors and those at risk, may also receive rent payment assistance, grants or shelter/transitional housing. Or get referrals to low income or public housing units. Phone - (602) 267-4127.

Lutheran Social Services of SW and Maricopa County runs a program known as I-HELP, which is the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program. The service and charity is based at 2502 E. University Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85034. It can help with rapid rehousing, motel vouchers, and help for moving, first months rent, or storage costs. But the main goal is to stabilize the homeless first. Call (480) 654-4539

Maricopa County active military members, veterans, National Guards men/women and Reservists can get emergency help or long term support from a couple non-profits. Everything from rent or utility bill help to stop homelessness to rehousing, motel or hotel vouchers, job training and more is offered.

  • Military Assistance Mission is at 17460 N 25th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023. Call (602) 246-6429
     
  • Helping Hands for Freedom also helps veterans set up leases, file for disability, get emergency rent assistance or financial help, and more. PTSD victims are also assisted medically and with housing, security deposits, or living costs. The address is 326 E Coronado Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85004. Phone (602) 845-1390.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phoenix area Coalition to End Homelessness is a partnership of charities, government agencies, and human service groups. They offer emergency solution grants to help pay for rent and other expenses. Depending on the need and qualifications, funds may also be issued for moving costs or motel vouchers are provided. In some cases a non-interest loan is Offered to the applicant, and that money they will need to repay it. Rehousing services, including placement into new low income apartments or funds for first months rent or a security deposit are offered too.

The coalition supports Maricopa County residents of all backgrounds. There is housing for single moms, veterans, and the disabled among others. While ESG funds for paying rental costs is limited, other referrals may be given. More on eviction help in Maricopa County and Phoenix.

Community Legal Services - Low to moderate income residents can get free legal representation and aid. Assistance is for eviction and homeless prevention as well as other consumer issues. Landlord / tenant mediation and other support is provided by attorneys from the pro-bono firm. Families in Phoenix have an office at 305 S 2nd Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85003, dial (602) 258-3434. Or the Mesa center has an address of 1220 S Alma School Rd, Mesa, AZ 85210, or call (480) 833-1442.

By Jon McNamara

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