Rental Assistance and Eviction
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on our country and many people nationwide are feeling the heavy weight of its economic consequences including job losses and other major impacts to income stability. The following is a list of resources available to those seeking assistance with housing and rental issues in particular.
cdc moratorium on evictions
On August 3, 2021 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a limited eviction moratorium, through October 3, 2021, for renters living in communities experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. Tenants need to meet certain criteria to qualify for eviction protection, and they are required to act in order to receive it, by filling out this CDC form and delivering it to their landlord.
The receipt of the form prevents an eviction from being initiated against the tenant, or halts an eviction process that is underway. This action ensures renters impacted by COVID-19 will be able to stay in their homes while extending the time to access rental assistance programs. However, the tenant is still responsible for all of the rent due, and must follow all other terms of the lease.
pima county eviction prevention/emergency rent & utility relief program
The U.S. Congress recently passed a stimulus bill that allocates additional rental assistance funding for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Pima County partnered with the Community Investment Corporation to provide eviction prevention/emergency rent and utility relief for county residents. The program will pay outstanding rents as far back as March 2020. To learn more about the program and to fill out an application click here.
Qualification Criteria as Defined by the Federal Government:
- Total renter household income is at/or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI) as established by U.S. Housing & Urban Development Department.
- Renter is eligible for unemployment insurance benefits or has experienced a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Renter has a demonstrated risk of homelessness, housing instability, or is residing in unsafe living conditions.
- Renter's household is experiencing a financial crisis due to COVID-19, which may include:
- Reduction or loss of income;
- Health and safety concerns; or
- Crisis event that can be supported with documentation connecting it to COVID-19.
- Lease aligns with assistance requested.
- Emergency Rental Assistance, for costs identified in Landlord/Tenant Rent Arrears Settlement Agreement & Payment Plan, including, but is not limited to:
- Current and all unpaid rent due after March 1, 2020.
- Security deposit and first month's rent up to 30 days prior to move-in date.
- Utilities including: electric, gas, propane, etc.
- Reasonable court and legal fees incurred by landlord in filing for eviction.
- Other eligible costs as approved by County.
ongoing local rental/utility assistance and eviction prevention
Valley Assistance Services
Programs for Families & Seniors in the Sahuarita and Green Valley region
Assistance for housing, utilities, financial education and workforce training, in addition to other health and safety programs
3950 S. Camino del Heroe Green Valley, AZ 85614
Call to make an appointment: 520-625-5966