TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – The moratorium on evictions has been further extended.
This time until July 31, 2021.
In the current state of the housing market, with rising rental costs, the demand for affordable housing is not the only thing that is increasing. So, is the waiting list for rental assistance.
“The housing market is incredibly hot right now,” Danny Knee told KGUN 9.
Knee is the Executive Director of Community Investment Corporation, the nonprofit responsible for administering eviction prevention funding for Pima County. He says the demand for housing exceeds inventory right now.
“And that’s why you see house prices going up in the property market and in the rental market,” he added.
Knee says that since December 2020, they have received at least 12,000 requests for rental assistance. About 3,000 people are currently on the waiting list.
“But there are funds to serve these people,” Knee said.
He says $ 15.5 million has already been spent on rent assistance and there is nearly $ 20 million available for current and future applicants on the waiting list.
“It’s just a matter of patience”
He says patience is an absolute must right now, as it takes about 19 days to review each candidate, put them in touch with a social worker, and get their check.
“And it usually takes six to eight weeks from when someone is put on the waiting list and when they are assigned a case manager. And that obviously means people who need help right now and are just starting the process probably won’t even have a case manager when the moratorium ends, ”Knee told KGUN9.
He says there was a slight increase in the number of applicants this month, before the moratorium on deportations was extended. Knee expects this to continue to be the case as rent rates rise, but he says there is help – you just need to be proactive to get it.
“And it is actually expected that there will be more money due to the third stimulus, so again, there is no problem with the money available right now, that is the speed at which we can take it out, ”he added.
Below is a list of rental assistance resources:
Additional community resources for additional help, including legal aid resources:
In response to COVID-19, housing assessments are conducted by phone only at most access points. Ratings are currently available at the locations / phone numbers and times below.
What to expect when completing a coordinated entrance assessment over the phone:
1) You may be asked to make an appointment for an assessor to call you back or refer you to voicemail. If this happens, try calling another access point or wait for a callback from the access point you left a message with. They will call you back within one working day.
2) You may be referred to a different agency or phone number on this list.
3) You will be read an information release that you would normally sign in person, but which will only be asked if you agree to it.
4) You will be asked to complete a brief health exam to assess the need for isolation due to COVID-19.
5) The housing assessment process will take approximately 30 minutes.
- Sonora House, 1367 W Miracle Mile (by phone only) – 520-624-5518
- Mon – Fri, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- La FronteraRAPP, 1082 E Ajo Way, Ste. 100 (Preferred phone) – 520-882-8422
- Salvation Army (by phone only) – 520-622-5411
- Primavera, 702 S 6th Ave (In person)
- Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri – 9 am-12.30pm
- Primavera (by phone) – 520-308-3079
- Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri – 1 pm-4pm, Tue – 8 am-4pm
- Our family services, (by phone only) – 520-323-1708
- Old Pueblo Community Services, (by phone only) – 520-546-0122