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Updated Rental Assistance Program For Both Residents And Landlords

As part of the COVID-19 relief package recently passed by Congress, the U.S. Department of Treasury provided a total of $492 million to the state of Arizona.
As part of the COVID-19 relief package recently passed by Congress, the U.S. Department of Treasury provided a total of $492 million to the state of Arizona. The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) was awarded $289 million with the remaining balance going directly to large cities and counties. Funding will be used toward direct payments for rent, rental arrears, utilities, utility arrears, and other expenses related to housing stability incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
DES will serve the following counties: 
 
Apache
Cochise
Coconino
Gila
Graham
Greenlee
La Paz
Navajo
Santa Cruz
Pinal
Mohave
Yavapai
 
Renters AND landlords residing in the counties listed above can apply for housing and utilities assistance via the DES portal starting Tuesday, February 23.
 
To access the application and additional program information, please visit: https://des.az.gov/ERAP.
 
Several large counties and cities, including Maricopa County, Pima County, and Yuma County, are receiving funding directly from the federal government. Those counties plan to launch their own rental assistance programs, which will be separate from this DES program. The DES portal will also direct renters and landlords living in these counties to their local jurisdictions so they can access similar programs. 

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