Tucson and Pima County
Eviction Prevention/Emergency Rent and Utility Relief Program
(Case processing and funding to begin mid-March 2021)
Welcome to the City of Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention Program. The U.S. Congress recently passed a stimulus bill that allocates additional rental assistance funding for those who’ve been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. In an effort to provide the most efficient and effective process, the City of Tucson and Pima County are in the final stages of approving funding distribution and it is anticipated that the Community Investment Corporation (CIC) will administer funding. Once approved by Mayor and Council and the Board of Supervisors, CIC will be working directly with local social service agencies to qualify tenants and landlords for this program.
This program's unique approach:
To all who come to this page seeking information and/or assistance, these unprecedented times have put millions and millions of Americans in situations never before imagined. There is no fault or blame to place on one person or family or property management company. In order to fix what has been broken and get all parties back to functioning there is no villain and no hero, just people working together, sharing situational details and documentation so that property owners receive their payments and tenants have a safe place to live. Given the gap in funding over the past few months, patience is critical as this program re-opens.
This program allows for both Landlords/Property Managers AND Tenants to begin the application process and requires both parties provide information and documentation. Open communication is highly encouraged between both parties, to expedite the process and recognize that we are all in this together.
This program is committed to working with landlords and property managers by providing up to date information and sending weekly updates about the program. The button below takes you to our previous outreach to landlords and offers an opt-in email communication.
If you are unable to pay your rent due to the negative impacts of COVID-19, please review the Eligibility Information provided by the federal government below. It is also critical that you communicate your situation to your landlord/property manager and follow the required steps to be covered by the CDC Eviction Moratorium.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PROGRAM APPLICANTS:
(TENANTS AND LANDLORD/PROPERTY MANAGERS)
UPDATED Feb. 22, 2021: It is anticipated that funding to reopen this program will be approved by local government by March, 9, 2021. There is currently a 3,000+ backlog of applicants. Once the program is able to reopen it is anticipated to take two-three months to complete the backlog of current cases.
Applying for the waitlist does not guarantee funding. Funding is granted upon completion of all required documentation from both parties and eligibility approval verified by Service Agency Case Managers who will be assigned to each case.
Please be aware that filling out this information form does NOT guarantee that you will be eligible for or receive assistance.
Completing this form WILL RESERVE a place on a waiting list in the case that more assistance becomes available (your place on the waiting list will be contingent upon determination of your eligibility at a later date).
It will also allow us to communicate with you electronically if other assistance becomes available.
Are You Eligible?
Eligibility requirements as defined by the federal government:
- Total renter household income is at/or below eighty-percent (80%) Area Median Income (“AMI”) as established by US Housing & Urban Development Department. SEE PIMA COUNTY AMI CHART BELOW.
- Renter is eligible for unemployment insurance (UI) 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.