Local governments set record for rent assistance

The City of Tucson, County of Pima, and local nonprofits have worked together to facilitate the distribution of federal rent assistance dollars to residents.

The program is working with landlords and tenants to keep people in their homes during the pandemic.

The county recently opened Emergency Eviction Legal Services (EELS) as part of efforts to help people at risk of losing their homes.

“What we are seeing, even in the first week, is that even for parties who have reached their eviction hearing, the solution for many of these landlords and tenants is rent assistance,” said Andy Flagg, Deputy Director. eels.

The city, county, and nonprofit partners handle about 100 cases per week. In the last week of July, they had their busiest week, handing out $ 1.5 million in rent assistance.

The money comes from the federal government, and officials said they spent over 60% of the funds they were given.

They want more and look to the state which has hundreds of millions of dollars in unspent federal rent assistance.

The first tranche of housing assistance dollars must be at least 60% spent by September 1, or the federal government will claw it back.

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