We ensure all can have a safe home to call their own.
Having a safe place to call home is a first step in addressing health, education and workforce development challenges. We are working with partners to decrease housing insecurity by investing in rent and utility assistance, housing navigators and eviction prevention. We also support emergency shelters that help move households out of crisis. Looking ahead, we will collaborate with regional leaders to develop new affordable housing.
Maricopa County is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country, adding nearly half a million people since 2015. This prosperity is good for our local economy, yet, unfortunately, it’s leaving some of our neighbors behind. Population growth drives higher demand for housing, which also drives up costs. Between August 2020 to August 2021, Valley rents increased 20%, with an uptick of 3.7% in July alone. The average cost for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,100, a price too steep for many local families. This spike, combined with the economic and health impacts of COVID-19, puts Maricopa County at the forefront of national eviction rates. A recent Point-in-Time Street Count shows that on any given night in the Valley, around 7,400 individuals are experiencing homelessness, an increase from recent years.
We are increasing investments in services and programs that not only address immediate needs, but also prioritize social determinants and wraparound services that prevent and assist those experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.