Pima County Eviction Prevention Program
Pima County has launched an Eviction Prevention Program to help individuals and families who’ve been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic and are facing eviction. The program, which was announced in late August, will run through the fall, helping to disburse funds acquired through the CARES Act. Funding is being administered by the Community Investment Corporation with a number of other local nonprofit service agencies assisting tenants and landlords in processing their requests.
Pima Eviction Prevention funds are limited, and the distribution of funding is subject to multiple factors including, but not limited to, qualification of Tenant, agreement from Landlord, completion of required forms and documentation, and fund availability. It is anticipated that this pool of funding will serve 650-750 households.
Please review Program Requirements prior to selecting a Service Agency and submitting a Prequalification Form. To begin the process call (831) 292-4308 or click the button below.
Separate from this program, the CDC issued an eviction moratorium through Dec. 31, 2020, for people impacted by COVID-19. However, you must submit a very short form to your landlord to be protected. Go to www.pima.gov/RentHelp to learn more and make sure you don’t get evicted while waiting for this program to pay your back rent.
The program provides funding to cover rent for tenants, impacted by COVID-19, who are facing eviction. Here are a few highlights of the program:
- Rent can be paid for months dating back to March 2020
- Up to one month of advance rent can be paid
- Payments are capped at $2,000/month
- Utilities included in lease can also be paid (separate from $2,000/month max)
- Payment, which goes directly to landlord, can be issued in check form or via ACH
- Payments for approved cases are issued twice/week by CIC
- Tenant lives in Pima County
- Tenant is at risk of eviction (e.g. tenant has been issued notice of eviction or is in court proceedings)
- Tenant has experienced a financial crisis due to COVID-19
- Household income does not exceed 120% of Area Median Income
- At least one person in household is a legal resident in the U.S.
- Tenant completes an application and submits proper documentation
- Rent is $2,000/month or less (or landlord agrees to lower payment if higher)
- Payment request does not include months already covered by another rental/eviction assistance program
- Landlord agrees to Eviction Payment Plan with renter, which includes:
- Waiving late fees or interest payments on late rent;
- Commitment not to further pursue eviction during period covered;
- Reversing/withdrawing eviction proceedings
- Providing additional documentation (e.g. lease agreement, proof of last payment made, etc.)
To distribute these funds, Pima County has enlisted the services of local nonprofits. Community Investment Corporation (CIC), a financial empowerment nonprofit based in Tucson, is administering the program and acting as the fiscal sponsor. A group of local nonprofits with extensive community ties will be helping tenants and landlords process their cases. The participating nonprofits are:
- Chicanos Por La Causa
- Compass Affordable Housing
- DIRECT Center for Independence
- Family Housing Resources
- Interfaith Community Services
- International Sonoran Desert Alliance (based in Ajo, serving western Pima County)
- Pima County Community Land Trust
- Primavera Foundation
- Southwest Fair Housing Council
- Valley Assistance Services (based in Green Valley, serving the surrounding area)
Preapplication can begin by calling (831) 292-4308 or using our online process. Before applying online, you must first choose a partner nonprofit to work with, and then we’ll guide you through the application process.
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