Arizona lawmakers approved one of the largest budget increases for housing and homelessness in nearly a decade, allocating a one-time investment of $15 million for the Housing Trust Fund in the state’s 2020 budget. At its peak in 2007, the Fund received $40 million and provided housing relief for more than 12,000 households.
While we have a long way to go before restoring aid for housing to what it was, this year's budget is a good sign that Gov. Ducey and the state legislature are beginning to see that ending homelessness and increasing access to affordable housing are a primary concern for Arizona residents.
The First Discussion on Funding Needs is This Friday. Can You Speak Up?
The Arizona Department of Housing will hold its first public meeting regarding the Housing Trust Fund this Friday, June 21st. As housing advocates, your knowledge surrounding issues of housing stability are of utmost importance. Make sure you participate in these public hearings and let ADOH know where these funds are needed most.