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City of Tucson and Pima County
Eviction Prevention Program

LANDLORDS AND PROPERTY OWNER COMMUNICATIONS:

In and effort to provide landlords and property managers with the most updated information on rental and utility assistance funding distribution due to the negative impacts of COVID-19, we encourage those seeking this information to click the below button and opt-in for an email to be sent to you with regular updates. 

Previous communications are below:

Hello,

Thank you again for your inquiry for rental assistance. This email confirms that you are on a waiting list for rental assistance. We continue to await more detailed information from the federal government on when funding will become available. Please note that once funding is available, there will still be an application and approval process, prior to distribution. This communication and all others that you receive in this interim time, is intended to update and inform you on the current status of this program and to provide you with valuable information on the current state of evictions state and nationwide.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO MONITOR YOUR EMAIL AT LEAST WEEKLY FOR PROGRAM UPDATES.

Once funding becomes available for distribution, you will be required to submit additional documentation within a week of notice to hold your place on the waiting list. We apologize for this inconvenience, but it is necessary due to the overwhelming need in the community and demand for assistance.

Below are three important pieces of information for you.

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Update on Rental Assistance/Eviction Prevention Program for Pima County and the City of Tucson

Local governments expect to receive federal funding for rent and utility assistance by late February. Once funding is available, designated social service agencies will support the processing of individual tenant/landlord cases. There are new qualifications and requirements from the federal government for this new round of funding. These new qualifications will require us to gather additional information from you to complete your application. As soon as we know exactly what is required, we will share that with all those on our waitlist.  

Processing and approval of cases will take additional time. While funding is anticipated to be available in late February, distribution of funds to landlords and property managers will be dependent on case approval. There are currently over 2,000 requests for assistance in our system. Initial publication of federal guidelines require prioritizing cases for individuals who are unemployed and/or fall below a certain income threshold. With that in mind, cases will not be processed on a strictly “first-come-first-serve” basis.  We wish to make it clear that we will be working as fast and efficiently as possible, but that this process will take time. We understand the high stress situation that all parties are experiencing and will do our best to expedite the distribution of funds, but we ask that you understand the process is complex and will require patience as well as your attention.  

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Eviction Moratorium – Detailed Information

On his first day in office, President Biden Administration directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to extend the nationwide ban on evictions through March 31, 2021. It is critical to note that regardless of the moratorium, rent is not canceled or waived. It is still owed. The CDC ban on evictions covers most renters, but not all. Please review the below criteria and requirements to be protected under this action.  

Definition of a “covered person” under the moratorium: 

A “covered person” is any tenant, lessee, or resident of a residential property who declares ONE (or more) of the below:

– The individual has used best efforts to obtain all available government assistance for rent or housing;


– The individual either (i) expects to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for Calendar Year 2020-2021 (or no more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return), (ii) was not required to report any income in 2019 to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, or (iii) received an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) pursuant to Section 2201 of the CARES Act;


– The individual is unable to pay the full rent or make a full housing payment due to substantial loss of household income, loss of compensable hours of work or wages, a lay-off, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses;


– The individual is using best efforts to make timely partial payments that are as close to the full payment as the individual’s circumstances may permit, taking into account other nondiscretionary expenses; and


– Eviction would likely render the individual homeless—or force the individual to move into and live in close quarters in a new congregate or shared living setting—because the individual has no other available housing options.

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Required ACTION to Receive Protection under the Moratorium

In order to be protected by the moratorium, tenants must take action. Everyone on the lease or rental agreement must complete and provide this form: 
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS in Spanish 
CLICK TO ACCESS in multiple other languages 

The form must be signed and a copy (digital or hard copy) provided to the landlord.

For further assistance, it is recommended that you reach out to a housing advocacy group for support. Some local options include: 
Step Up to Justice
AZ Eviction Help

It is recommended that residents continue to make their best efforts to pay rent to landlords and property owners, including partial payments based on ability to pay.  

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Breach of Lease Recommendation

In order to prevent eviction due to breach of your lease agreement, it is highly recommended that tenants know their lease requirements to ensure they do not risk eviction for things outside of non-payment during this time.

Thank you for your continued patience during this challenging time. We will keep you updated as we have more information.  

Best,  
Community Investment Corporation

Hello,

In an effort to keep Waiting List applicants informed and updated on program funding and distribution we are reaching out regularly to share information on timing and alert you that in the coming weeks tenants will be required to complete a questionnaire to determine eligibility and prioritization.

WAITLIST APPLICANT INFORMATION:

Most important is that as a Waitlist Applicant you will receive an important request to complete a short CRITICAL QUESTIONNAIRE to help our Service Agency case managers better understand tenant situations and how to best serve those in need. This CRITICAL QUESTIONAIRE will be emailed to this email address in the next 7-14 days.  The reason for this questionnaire is to help evaluate tenant qualifications and federally mandated prioritization. It is a required next step in case processing.

It is important to note that to keep your place on the waiting list, tenants will need to respond within five business days with information requests. Because of the demand for assistance, the program and its partners must prioritize tenants who are responsive.  We know you may have been waiting several months, and we apologize for this requirement, but it is necessary in order to help as many households as possible as quickly as possible.

FEDERAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION ON FUNDING:

Please note that all information is subject to change as we work to navigate government requests and mandates. Our goal is to be as transparent and informative as possible as we move forward to support the needs of our community.

Pima County and the City of Tucson are in continued discussions with the goal of providing a single application portal for rental assistance – accessible to both tenants and landlords, as well as consistent program and documentation requirements across all of the geography of Pima County, regardless of whether a resident lives within Tucson city limits.

  • Pima County and the City of Tucson staff will be submitting respective Eviction Prevention funding proposals for consideration by Mayor & Council and Board of Supervisors in early March. CIC is currently being evaluated to act in the role of fiscal agent and program administrator for both jurisdictions. However, there is no guarantee that CIC will be selected and there is no guarantee of exact funding amounts at this time.
    • Requests for rental and utility assistance will begin to be processed by partner Service Agencies following official approval for disbursement of funds from county and city government on or shortly after the following dates:
      • Pima County Board of Supervisors – March 2, 2021
      • Tucson Mayor and Council Meeting – March 9, 2021
    • Applicants may request funding for up to 12 months in arrears and 3 months in advance
    • Federally mandated Tenant Qualifications have been added to the PimaEP.com including a chart that determines Pima County households’ Annual Median Income (AMI): https://pimaep.com/

COMMUNICATION UPDATE:

To keep Landlords and Property Mangers informed on this program, we are offering an Opt-In for Updates at PimaEP.com:https://pimaep.com/eviction-prevention-landlord-communications/

NEXT STEPS:

The current Wait List includes 2,400 applicants. Once local government funding is approved for distribution this backlog will be addressed and prioritized based on the completion of the CRITICAL QUESTIONAIRE that will be sent out in the next 7-14 days. It is CRITICAL that this information be completed by tenants within five business days.  It should also be noted that once the program begins it will take at least two-three months to process the full waitlist of applicants.

Thank you again for your continued patience during this extremely difficult time. Our goal is to share information as we receive it and to keep all those who have inquired about this program updated to the best of our ability.

Sincerely,

Community Investment Corporation