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An APS utility meter on a home
In early November, the state housing department launched the Homeowner Assistance Fund, meant to help people affected by the pandemic avoid foreclosure. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, one listener asked: Why has the fund mostly helped homeowners with utilities and not mortgage payments, so far?
Jan. 16, 2022
Fake grass
State Rep. John Kavanagh proposed a bill to override rules of a homeowner association that prevents the use of artificial grass.
Jan. 13, 2022
a hope outreach specialist talking with those experiencing homelessness
The HOPE team does daily outreach on the street to build a rapport with people experiencing homelessness. That includes offering services like getting IDs, food or a connection to a mental health provider or recovery center.
Jan. 12, 2022
Some Republican lawmakers want to revisit a 2016 law that prohibited municipalities from stopping the listing of short-term rentals and vacation homes. In some areas, 40% of residential properties have ended up as vacation rentals.
Jan. 12, 2022
Apartment kitchen
“Go big or go home” is how City Manager Jeff Barton presented some ideas to the Phoenix City Council to address homelessness and the lack of affordable housing. He suggested using $50 million to buy apartment complexes and offer units to low- and moderate-income residents.
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Jan. 11, 2022
Real Estate Series
A report has found that Phoenix's historic neighborhoods are more walkable, have lower foreclosure rates and more diverse housing prices and more tree cover than other Phoenix neighborhoods.
Jan. 11, 2022
A house for sale in north Glendale
American cities have been divided by race for generations. And ASU associate professor Rashad Shabazz argues it wasn’t accidental, and that its implications are vast.
Jan. 11, 2022
Help wanted
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported December’s national unemployment rate stood at 3.9%. Arizona’s unemployment rate, as of November, was at 4.7%.
Jan. 10, 2022
Circle the City quarantine
COVID-19 cases are soaring across Arizona. And a Phoenix health care organization that serves homeless populations is noting a steep rise in demand.
Jan. 7, 2022
man lugging belongings
When the city’s current fiscal year began on July 1, 2021, the Phoenix City Council allocated more money to enhance services for people experiencing homeless downtown.
Jan. 6, 2022
3d printed house
Homeownership is becoming out of reach for more and more Arizonans. So Habitat for Humanity is betting on new technology to reduce construction costs. A family in Tempe will soon move into one of the first houses built using 3D printing.
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Jan. 3, 2022
Welcome to Scottsdale marker sign
Starting Friday, Scottsdale police will have more power to stop nuisance parties frequently associated with vacation and short-term rentals. In December, the City Council voted unanimously to update two ordinances.
Dec. 31, 2021
Tempe City Hall
City officials say adding more specialists to Tempe’s homeless outreach and prevention team means expert help will be available seven days a week starting in January. The expansion also comes with a new strategy that the mayor believes can help build trust with people living on the street.
Dec. 30, 2021
$100 bills
This year, the city of Phoenix designated more than $100 million for emergency rental assistance. In February, the City Council approved $51.1 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to help renters in need.
Dec. 22, 2021
close up of street pavement
Phoenix could change a key development ordinance to align more closely with state statutes. The goal is to allow more flexibility and opportunity for the city to recoup expenses.
Dec. 21, 2021
artist drawing of buildings
A major construction project that will stretch nearly a full city block is now underway in downtown Mesa.
Dec. 14, 2021
Five $20 dollar bills on table
Phoenix will consider increasing a financial incentive to get more landlords to rent to low-income residents. The city’s housing director has suggested increasing the Section 8 incentive to $2,000.
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Dec. 14, 2021
Andrew Ross Sunbelt Blues book
As the median price of homes is on the rise here in the Valley, that has left the idea of affordable housing on the sidelines for many people. And the inequity is growing — just as it has in other parts of the U.S.
Dec. 14, 2021
Tents line the sidewalks near the intersection of 12th Avenue and Madison Street near the state capitol on January 29, 2020. This location has one of the highest densities of people living on the street in Phoenix.
The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council approved a plan Dec. 8 to try to deal with homelessness in the Valley.
Dec. 9, 2021
woman sitting outside tent
Nearly $30 million will be invested in efforts to address the homeless crisis in Maricopa County after the Board of Supervisors signed their approval Wednesday.
Dec. 8, 2021


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