On March 29, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order extending the existing eviction moratorium banning landlords from evicting tenants that can no longer afford to pay rent due to a pandemic-related expense or hardship through June 30th, 2021. To qualify for this protection, tenants must:
- Have used their best efforts to obtain available government assistance for rent or housing;
- Have been eligible to receive an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) under the CARES Act, or has an annual of no more than $99,000 for an individual, or $198,000 for a family
- Be unable to pay the full rent due to substantial loss of income, wages, or hours, or because of extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses (unreimbursed medical expenses exceeding 7.5% of AGI for the year)
- Be using their best efforts to make partial rent payments; and
- Have no other available housing options and if evicted, would need to move into a new residence shared by other people who live in close quarters, or would have to move into a homeless shelter.
On February 16, The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it will extend the existing moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, as well as extend VA loan forbearance requests, to June 30, because of COVID-19. VA borrowers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can review VA guidance for borrowers or call 877-827-3702 for additional information.
H.R. 133, signed into law on December 24, 2020, includes $25 billion for emergency federal rental assistance and an extension of the existing CDC eviction moratorium through January 31, 2021, including $800 million reserved for Native American housing entities
The American Rescue Plan, signed into law on March 11, 2021, provides $27.5 billion for emergency rental assistance.
Department of Housing and Urban Development Resources, HERE.
For a list of Community Action Agencies in Arizona that offer emergency Eviction and Utility Assistance, click HERE.
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Click HERE for a tool to help connect renters with Emergency Rental Assistance programs through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
For information on local rental assistance programs across the state, click HERE.
For an FAQ from the U.S Department of the Treasury about new emergency rental assistance available, click HERE.
Get mortgage help, HERE.
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If you are at risk of becoming homeless, or need emergency shelter, please contact my office to get in touch with a caseworker. Contact information is available HERE.
Arizona DES info on Utility Assistance is available, HERE.
Apply for federal utility assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), HERE.
See if you qualify for Arizona's Home Energy Assistance Fund (HEAF), HERE.