AFFORDABLE HOUSING OUTLOOK: Report shows extreme shortage of affordable and available rental homes for Arizona's families most in need

In the face of the growing affordable housing crisis, Arizona has a shortage of 159,599 affordable and available rentals for extremely low income (ELI) renter households, according to an annual report released today by our friends at the National Low Income Housing Coalition, The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes

Nearly 160,000 short 
What does that mean for Arizona?

The study finds there are just 26 affordable and available homes for every 100 of Arizona's lowest income renter households. In fact, in not a single state or major metro area in the U.S. is there an adequate supply of affordable rental housing for the lowest income renters. In addition, 75% of Arizona's lowest income renters are severely housing cost-burdened, meaning they are spending more than half of their limited monthly incomes on housing costs and utilities. The report also shows that 38% of Arizona's extremely low income renter households are seniors or people with disabilities. This means without assistance, many are not able to afford rent without having to sacrifice daily necessities and much-needed health care. 

NLIHC conducts this research each year to assess the availability of housing affordable to renters at different income levels throughout the country. This year’s report also includes a look at who are the lowest income renters: their demographics, disability and work status, and other characteristics. The vast majority of the lowest income renters are seniors, people with disabilities, or individuals who are working, enrolled in school, or caring for a young child or for someone with a disability. The wages of those who are working are often too low to afford rent without assistance.

      

What is the solution?

The report calls for increasing investments in affordable housing programs for the lowest income households like the national Housing Trust Fund, Housing Choice Vouchers, and public housing, and for expanding and improving the Low Income Housing Tax Credit so it serves more ELI households.  

Join the Arizona Housing Coalition, along with NLIHC, in urging our elected officials at all levels to address the grave shortage of affordable and available rental housing for the lowest income households in Arizona, and across the nation. 

STATE-LEVEL ADVOCACY

You can be a part of the solution TODAY by contacting your state legislators to share The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, and remind them that investment in affordable housing programs is the solution. Let them know you are in SUPPORT of HB2568: Affordable Housing Tax Credit. If passed, this bill would help to expand affordable housing in Arizona by establishing a credit against individual and corporate taxes and insurance premium taxes for projects that qualify for the federal low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC).  This bill passed third read in the House TODAY, March 13th, by a slim margin vote of 31-28, and is now on to the Senate. We strongly urge you to contact your state legislators, specifically your state senator, TODAY in SUPPORT of HB2568: Affordable Housing Tax Credit. 

    

CONGRESSIONAL-LEVEL ADVOCACY
Our friends at NLIHC have also made it easier for you to speak to your congressional members about this extreme affordable housing shortage by providing congressional district housing profiles for all nine of Arizona's congressional districts, which can be found and read here:



Armed with this startling but important data from The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, we hope you will take the time to reach out to your members of Congress and ask them to submit appropriations requests to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. These committees use this information to decide how to divvy up available funding among various programs. The deadline for congressional members to submit FY19 appropriation requests related to the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) is Monday, March 19th. (No date set for Senate Appropriations.)

>>> Click HERE to view the appropriations information typically needed by your members of Congress to submit formal appropriations requests.

   

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More federal & state updates

Looking for more ways, or more reasons, to be the best advocate you can be? Check out our latest Advocacy Alerts from January and February, and The Coalition Connection from January, February, and March, for state and federal updates, complete with 'Take Action' items -- specific actions YOU can take to help us end homelessness by advocating for safe, affordable homes for ALL Arizonans. 

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Keeping you informed

And don't forget, we're 'unjumbling the jargon' of the affordable housing and homeless service sectors every Monday on our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, so we can all be the most educated, informed advocates we can be! #unjumblejargon

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WE ARE HIRING!

Looking for rewarding work to help launch your non-profit career? We at the Arizona Housing Coalition are seeking a highly motivated professional to provide administrative support and oversight as our full-time Administrative Coordinator. 
Learn more and apply: azhousingcoalition.org/jobs

We look forward to working alongside each of you throughout 2018 to advance our mission of ending homelessness by advocating for safe, affordable homes for ALL Arizonans. 

MAKE YOUR MEMBER VOICE HEARD

Our first quarterly member meeting of the year is coming to northern Arizona! We hope to see you on Wednesday, April 4th, in Prescott, for a light lunch and a packed agenda.

Wednesday, April 4th
NOON to 2PM 
Lunch will be served, please RSVP for an accurate headcount.

FREE FOR MEMBERS 
$15.00 for Not-Yet-Members

Prescott Public Library
215 E. Goodwin Street
Prescott, AZ 86303

MEETING AGENDA

  • Welcome & Introductions
    Joan Serviss (Executive Director, Arizona Housing Coalition)
  • Coalition Update
  • Special presentation by AZHC/AVSA Member U.S.VETS-Prescott
    Carole Benedict (Executive Director, U.S.VETS-Prescott)
  • State & Federal Housing Advocacy Update
  • Upcoming Event/Training announcements
  • Housing/Homelessness issues in Yavapai County & Northern Arizona
  • Q&A Session


Questions about this event? Contact Sylvia Waynick for more information. 


UPCOMING EVENTS & TRAININGS

Our 2018 calendar is filling up fast -- and even more is in development! Check out these upcoming happenings in the field of affordable housing and homelessness policy, advocacy, and service delivery.

Questions about our upcoming events? Contact us at events@azhousingcoalition.org

DATE  EVENT   LOCATION
Thurs-Sat,
3/15-17 
Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans StandDown & Resource Fair 


MORE INFO | EVENT FLYER 
TUCSON
NEW LOCATION:
Grand Luxe Hotel
1365 W. Grant Rd, 
Tucson, AZ 85745
Sat,
3/17
Pinal County StandDown 



MORE INFO | EVENT FLYER 
FLORENCE
Ntl Guard Armory Browning/Miller Readiness Ctr
20252 N Hwy 79
Florence, AZ 85132
Tues,
4/3
AZ Gives Day
Help us spread the word by building and sharing your own Fundraising Profile

MORE INFO COMING SOON!
STATEWIDE 



ONLINE
Weds, 4/4 Spring Quarterly Member Meeting
Featuring a presentation by U.S. Vets-Prescott

MORE INFO | REGISTER 
PRESCOTT
Prescott Public Library
Founders Suite A&B
215 E. Goodwin Street
Prescott, AZ 86303
Thurs,
4/19
SPDAT Training (Single Adults)



REGISTRATION OPENS 3/19
PHOENIX
Maricopa Association of Governments (Ironwood Room)
302 N. 1st Avenue, 2nd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Tues-Thurs,
4/24-28
Housing Counseling Essentials for the Beginning Counselor 

EVENT FLYER | REGISTER 
PHOENIX 
Take Charge America 
20620 N. 19th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Fri,
5/18
High Country StandDown 


MORE INFO | EVENT FLYER 
FLAGSTAFF
Flagstaff Armory
320 N. Thorpe Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Thurs, 
6/14
SPDAT Training (Single Adults)



REGISTRATION OPENS 5/14 
PHOENIX
Maricopa Association of Governments (Ironwood Room)
302 N. 1st Avenue, 2nd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
SAVE THE DATE
Wed,
8/22
2018 Annual Networking & Golf Outing




MORE INFO 
TUCSON
Starr Pass Golf Club at the
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa
3645 W. Starr Pass Bvd
Tucson, Arizona 85745 
SAVE THE DATE
Thurs,
8/23
Annual Member Meeting & Networking Reception


MORE INFO
TUCSON



Location TBD
SAVE THE DATE
Tues & Wed,
11/13-14
25th Annual Statewide Conference
Featuring Keynote Speaker, Mr. Richard Rothstein, author of "The Color of Law:A Forgotten History of how Our Government Segregated America"

NEW: Healthy Communities Track

MORE INFO
PHOENIX
Black Canyon Conference Center
9440 N. 25th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021


If you'd like to help shape the training curriculum and conference offerings of the Arizona Housing Coalition, please consider joining our Conference Planning Committee by contacting Sylvia Waynick for more information.