August 2021: How to apply for rental assistance

Struggling to pay rent this month in Arizona?

Tenants:

Fifteen emergency rental and utility assistance programs using federal funds are operating in Arizona. Residents can only apply for the program available in their area, which can get confusing, especially in metro Phoenix where multiple programs are operating at different levels of government.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security accepts applications from all counties except Maricopa, Pima and Yuma counties. Within Maricopa County, the county-run program is open to all residents except those who live in Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa and Phoenix. Those cities either have their own program or contract with nonprofits to offer rental aid for their residents. Six Native American tribes also operate programs for their members.

The state is taking applications for renters and landlords in rural Arizona at des.az.gov/ERAP. Any Arizona resident can apply for utility assistance through the state portal as well.

People can apply to the Maricopa County program by using the portal at maricopa.gov/renthelp.

Phoenix residents currently can only apply by calling the Human Services Department and scheduling an appointment. The city recommends calling on Mondays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. More information can be found at phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/emergency.

Mesa is taking applications at mesaaz.gov/mesacares.

Chandler and Gilbert residents can apply at azcend.org/community-action-program.

Gilbert Also has its own – https://www.gilbertaz.gov/residents/community-and-neighborhood-services/community-resources/foreclosure-prevention-predatory-lending-information

Glendale residents can apply at glendaleaz.com/live/city_services.

HOME OWNERS

Tenants not paying rent but you haven’t been able to evict due to the Eviction Moratorium?

You may be eligible to receive mortgage payment assistance to prevent foreclosure!

Arizona Department of Housing – Save My Home AZ Program
Save My Home AZ has been created to assist responsible homeowners avoid foreclosure on their primary residence in the state of Arizona.

Making Home Affordable Program
If you are struggling with your monthly mortgage payments or have already missed a payment learn more about the options available to you through MHA: loan modification assistance, information on short sales and much more.

Foreclosure Information Workbook Information on the entire foreclosure process, different options, avoiding scams and rebuilding after foreclosure.

Arizona Foreclosure Prevention Task Force – 1-877-448-1211
The website provides a list of local nonprofits that provide free or low cost housing counseling, tips to avoid foreclosure, tips for avoiding scams, and tips for renters.

Homeownership Preservation Foundation – 1-888-995 HOPE (4673)
Resource for people struggling to keep up with their home mortgage. The website has significant information including common myths, potential scams, and on-line counseling. The phone number is staffed 24 hours, 7 days a week.

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