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  • County to administer $575,000 grant for eviction prevention

    Dec 18, 2018 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s Community Action Agency will administer a $575,000 grant from the Arizona Department of Housing to help prevent evictions in Pima County. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 at its Dec. 18 meeting to accept the grant, which will be effective Feb. 1, 2019.
    The Community Action Agency (CAA) is one of several programs managed by the Pima County Community Services, Employment and Training Department (CSET). CAA provides basic assistance Eviction noticethat may prevent homelessness and utility shut off to low-income families and individuals who are facing financial crisis. There is an array of other essential services that can be accessed through CAA to ensure households are able to thrive and remain or become self-sufficient.
    Last year, Pima County had 13,312 evictions filed, according to Manira Cervantes, program manager for CAA. The grant will target Justice Precincts 6, 8 and 9, which includes two zip codes hardest hit by evictions: 85705 and 85706. Limited funding also will be available for several other zip codes: 85701, 04, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 19, 41, 42, 45, 46 and 56.
    The County will release the funding in partnership with several community-based agencies. Up to 407 households can be assisted through the funding.
    Households in danger of eviction can contact one of the agencies, which will screen them to see if they meet eligibility criteria. Applicants must be in one of the targeted zip codes and must be able to demonstrate sustainability if assistance is granted to ensure they avoid eviction/homelessness. The assistance is one-time only and capped at $1,000 per household.
    “Once you’ve rocked someone’s world with the threat of eviction, things can really spiral downward,” Cervantes said. “We may be able to help with the rent, so that they can focus on the crisis that led to eviction.”
    ADOH funding also will cover wrap-around services the applicants may need, such as utility assistance through other available fund sources, Cervantes said. For those who aren’t eligible for the ADOH assistance, the County and its sub-recipients will offer help to prevent falling into homelessness as well as job-search assistance through its One-Stop Career Centers.
    Cervantes said the ADOH funding meets a critical need. “This is 407 households that will not be evicted, that will not be pulling their kids out of school, or worse -- folks losing jobs while they figure out where their family will sleep at night. It’s crucial.”