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Providing a Helping Hand This Holiday Season: Arizona's Rental Assistance Program


As the holiday season approaches, a time often associated with joy and celebration, it also brings to light the struggles faced by many in our community. While some families are planning for festive gatherings and gift exchanges, others are confronted with the dire challenge of maintaining a roof over their heads. Recognizing this harsh reality, the Arizona Rental Assistance program, initiated on October 15, 2023, emerges as a beacon of hope for those grappling with housing instability.

Combating Housing Challenges During Festive Times
The holidays can amplify the financial pressures on low-income seniors and families with children. In response, the Arizona Rental Assistance program extends a critical lifeline, offering substantial support to eligible households. It provides a one-time lump-sum payment that can amount to three times the monthly rent, capped at $10,500. This funding is adaptable, covering rental arrears, upcoming rent, and late fees associated with rent payments.

Funded through the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, this program is a testament to the commitment of both the federal and state governments to address the urgent needs of vulnerable communities. The local administration by the Arizona Department of Economic Security ensures that the assistance reaches those who need it most, particularly during these challenging holiday months.

Eligibility and Application
To receive this help, residents need to fulfill certain requirements. They must be renting a home in an area of Arizona that is covered by the program and show proof that they are struggling with housing issues, such as facing the risk of eviction. The program prioritizes households with either a child under 18 or a senior aged 60 or above. Income limits are set at 80% or below of the Area Median Income, with specific thresholds for San Tan Valley (Pinal County) residents:

  • 1 Person: $52,400
  • 2 Person: $59,850
  • 3 Person: $67,350
  • 4 Person: $74,800
  • 5 Person: $80,800
  • 6 Person: $86,800
  • 7 Person: $92,800
  • 8 Person: $98,750

Applications are available online, in both English and Spanish versions

This holiday season, as we reflect on the spirit of giving and togetherness, it is crucial to remember our neighbors who are facing the risk of homelessness. The Arizona Rental Assistance program not only offers financial aid but also signifies a collective effort to ensure that no family has to worry about losing their home during this time of year.

Inquiries and Assistance
For questions about the program or assistance with the application process, residents can contact 1 (833) 912-0878.

The holiday season is a reminder of our shared humanity and the importance of supporting each other. For those in our community who are struggling, the Arizona Rental Assistance program stands as a symbol of hope and support, ensuring that the festive season can be a time of comfort and joy for all.

**This article aims to raise awareness about the Arizona Rental Assistance program, offering vital support to our community members in need during the holiday season. For more details, residents are encouraged to reach out to the provided contacts.
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