Thousands of Arizonans Could Become Homeless Soon

By Catherine Reagor | Arizona Republic

Thousands of Arizonans struggling to pay rent because of the COVID-19 pandemic could lose their homes this summer when Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order delaying evictions expires, government data suggests.

Renters who were sick with the virus, lost jobs or had to stop working because schools were closed have had a reprieve since late March.

At that time, Ducey launched a $5 million fund to help renters and temporarily delayed eviction enforcement through July 22. Congress also banned evictions until July 25 on rentals with federally backed mortgages.

But with unemployment claims rising and slow distribution of state rental aid, many tenants could be on the brink of losing their rental homes if assistance doesn’t come faster or the governor doesn’t extend his order.

Additional tenants could fall into rental debt by August if they remain out of work and see their weekly unemployment checks drop to $240 or less, after the weekly $600 federal benefit runs out.

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