Arizona Department Of Housing Promises Changes After Concerns About Eviction Prevention Program
More than 14,000 Arizonans have applied for help through the state’s COVID-19 Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance program and another 25,000 have started the application but haven’t finished it. Not even 800 have received help paying rent. But now the Department of Housing is promising some changes in response to lawmakers’ concerns.
State Reps. Kirsten Engel and Andres Cano this week called for the Department of Housing to answer questions about why so few have been helped by the eviction prevention program.
The department responded Friday afternoon, saying it has reduced the number of documents required for applicants and has taken steps to make uploading applications easier. The department also says it will set up a call center to answer applicants’ questions.
The department has also begun publicly reporting updates on its website about total number of applications submitted, and total still under review. As of Friday, just 5% of all applications were reported approved.