$2.3 million to go toward affordable single family homes in Guadalupe

By Kirsten Dorman
Published: Monday, March 4, 2024 - 5:05am
Updated: Monday, March 4, 2024 - 7:34am

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Guadalupe, Arizona, is now home to about 6,700 residents.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved an investment of $2.3 million to build affordable single family homes in Guadalupe.

Maricopa County Human Services Department Director Jacqueline Edwards said that as housing costs continue to rise, this investment in Guadalupe is aimed at helping people, and especially families that have been there for decades, stay in the community.

“It’s one of our communities in which families do have lower-than-average incomes than what we see across the rest of Maricopa County,” said Edwards.

So, she said, the county is working with communities toward housing solutions that fit them best.

“These new constructions are a way to ensure home affordability and make sure that families are able to actually stay in the community that they love so much,” said Edwards.

Edwards said that’s accomplished by first assessing the community’s needs, then designing the solution around them.

Three houses have already been constructed, and seven more are slated to be built. Buyers will be eligible based on income, as a family or an individual.

“Whether it's a growing family or a multi-generational family living together,” Edwards said, “that's what I see these three or four bedroom homes being able to accommodate.”

The American Rescue Plan Act helped make this investment possible, but Edwards said the sunsetting of those funds won’t stop the county from directing federal dollars into Guadalupe and other communities.

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