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    Get Legal Help with Pima County's Emergency Eviction Legal Services (EELS)eviction notice

    Are you facing an eviction? You may be entitled to FREE legal help. The Office of Emergency Eviction Legal Services, a new program, can help tenants in need of legal advice and representation in eviction cases.

    Free legal counsel is available to qualifying tenants. Navigators are available to explain the process and connect tenants with other county and community resources, like rent assistance, help finding a job and much more.

    We understand that an eviction process can be scary and confusing. That’s why EELS is here to help. Connect with our team to get legal services you may need.

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    If you don't know whether you qualify, contact us anyway. You might qualify, and even if you don't, one of our navigators may be able to connect you with other available resources.

    To find out if you qualify or to receive more information, call 520-724-3357 (520-724-EELS) or click on the "Contact Us" button below.


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    Who Is Eligible?

    Navigation services are available to all tenants or landlords involved in eviction cases in Pima County. If you are a tenant and your income is at or below 80% of area median income, you also qualify for access to an attorney, for free. In the chart below, find the box that represents your household size. If you earn up to the amount listed below it, you meet income eligibility requirements.


    Household size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    Annual income $38,450 $43,950 $49,450 $54,900 $59,300 $63,700 $68,100 $72,500

    If you need rent assistance, you can start the application process now by going online to TucsonPimaEP.com.

    Additional Aid and Information

    Food

    • To find a food pantry near you: text FOOD or COMIDA to 877877 or visit the Community Food Bank’s website.
    • Meals for children under 18: call AZ Hunger Hotline (602) 528-3434 or (800) 445-1914

    Employment

    • The Pima County One-Stop Career Center, a division of the Department of Community & Workforce Development, boosts the local economy by delivering a wide range of career advancement opportunities to individuals, while offering extensive services to the business community.
    • Information on job leads, job training or help navigating unemployment benefits: call the Pima County Dislocated Worker Hotline at (520) 724-5735.
    • Arizona Department of Economic Security: Apply for unemployment insurance

    Housing

    Office Depot, OfficeMax and Staples are offering free services if you need to copy, scan or fax documents.

    Other Resources

    More information can be found at the following websites:

    Arizona Eviction Help 
    Ending Poverty Now

    Pima County Regional Resources

    About Us

    Pima County’s Emergency Eviction Legal Services program was created to ensure that justice is done in eviction cases and to keep as many worthy tenants as possible in their residences. The program's mission is to implement the Pima County Board of Supervisor’s March 16, 2021, directive to allocate federal COVID-19 relief funds toward providing eligible tenants with access to legal advice and representation in eviction proceedings.

    Through the cooperation of the Pima County Justice Court, Pima County joins a small but growing number of jurisdictions providing free counsel to qualifying tenants in eviction cases.

    The EELS program is part of the Pima County Department of Community & Workforce Development under the direction of Deputy Director Andrew Flagg.

    How Community Benefits

    The are several benefits to having the Emergency Eviction Legal Services program:
    • More tenants are able to remain in their homes, not only sparing families from the trauma of an eviction but avoiding the significant downstream costs of lost housing to the community.
    • Landlords are made whole through rental assistance.
    • The program allows the County to connect tenants with additional resources that may avert future evictions. Those resources include job assistance, child-care scholarships, financial counseling and health services.
    • The program provides the County with critical information about who is facing evictions so that it can create more effective preventative programs.

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