Wildfire Executive Director Cynthia Zwick and 26 other Arizona nonprofit organizations sent a letter last week urging Gov. Doug Ducey to extend the moratorium on evictions through Dec. 30 for renters impacted by COVID-19.
Ducey’s current eviction moratorium expires July 23.
“More time is needed to connect the renters with the support,” Zwick wrote. “Aligning Arizona’s eviction moratorium with the CARES Act deadline of Dec. 30 provides agencies more time to get critical funding to those in need.
“Data shows that as a result of COVID-19 over 20% of Arizonans are housing insecure because they missed last month’s rent or mortgage payment.”
Zwick wrote that the Department of Housing has received more than 16,000 requests for help from the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program, but as of July 6, only 1,136 had been approved statewide.
She noted the city of Phoenix has released $20 million to aid families affected by the crisis and Maricopa County has made another $30 million available to assist families.
But, Zwick stressed, “Agencies will need more time to prevent an avalanche of pending eviction notices. ”
The letter noted an extension “provides relief to these small landlords so that they may receive rent owed by their tenants.”
Organizations supporting the request include Arizona Center for Economic Progress, Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, Glendale Community Action Program, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99 and UMOM New Day Centers.
According to Wildfire, 2,796 Glendale households have initiated an application for rent assistance through the ADOH website.
Of those, 506 have been reviewed and processed with varying outcomes (incomplete, ineligible, or approved) and 501 applications are pending eligibility review.
For more information visit wildfireaz.org.
For information on the Glendale Community Action Program, call 623-930-2854.
For information on the Avondale Community Action Program, call 623-333-2703.
For information on the Buckeye Community Action Program, call 602-506-1111.
For information on the Peoria Community Action Program, call 623-979-3911.