Arizona

Arizona Programs and Resources

The following government funding programs, contacts and resources are available in Arizona

Programs
The following programs are available to you in the state.

Low-Income Program (LIHTC)
Arizona Department of Housing
1110 W. Washington Street, Suite 310 Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.771.1000
Fax: 602.771.1002
The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) was created to promote the development of affordable rental housing for low income individuals and families. To date, it has been the most successful rental housing production program in Arizona, creating thousands of residences with very affordable rents.
Website: http://new.azhousing.gov/ShowPage.aspx?ID=83

Private Activity Bonds and 501(c)(3) Bonds
Arizona Department of Housing
1110 W. Washington Street, Suite 310 Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.771.1000
Fax: 602.771.1002
Private Activity Bonds are for the development of rental housing in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Commerce is responsible for allocating the State ceiling for Private Activity Bonds. In the urban counties of the State (Maricopa and Pima Counties), bonds must be issued by one of the local urban Industrial Development Authorities (IDA). In rural counties, the State may issue bonds thorugh the Arizona Housing Finance Authority (AzHFA) or by any of the local rural IDAs. IRC Section 42(h)(4) allows low-income housing projects financed with tax-exempt bonds to be eligible for 4% tax credits if they meet the minimum requirements and adhere to regulations set forth in the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP). Applicants should consult their legal advisors to determine a project’s eligibility. All applications submitted will be reviewed by ADOH and a bond hearing will be scheduled in accordance with A.R.S. 35-726(E).

501(c)(3) bonds are private activity bonds issued to finance a facility owned and utlized by a 501(c)(3) organization. These bonds are not eligible for low-income tax credits.

State Housing Fund (SHF) Rental Development Program
Arizona Department of Housing
1110 W. Washington Street, Suite 310 Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.771.1000
Fax: 602.771.1002
ADOH combines Federal HOME resources from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with state resources from the State Housing Trust Fund (HTF) into a single housing program called the State Housing Fund (SHF). These funds are made available for the development of affordable permanent and transitional rental housing units. Applications are accepted according to the schedule outlined in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Competitive funding criteria are utilized to make funding decisions. All financing is provided in the form of a loan; in return the properties must comply with long-term restrictions on rents charged and tenant incomes.
Website: http://www.azhousing.gov/ShowPage.aspx?ID=82

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Arizona Department of Housing
1110 W. Washington Street, Suite 310 Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.771.1000
Fax: 602.771.1002
ADOH receives approximately $13 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement funds annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund eligible programs and projects in communities located in the 13 rural counties in the state.

Funding is accessed through a process that is described in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan and annual updates to the plan, a document required by HUD to describe such processes. The rural Councils of Government (COGs) partner with ADOH to assist communities with project administration and technical assistance.

CDBG funds may be utilized to address a wide variety of community needs, including construction or renovation of various infrastructure projects including water, wastewater and solid waste facilities, streets, parks and flood control projects; construction or improvements of a range of community facilities such as senior, community, social services, health and youth centers; expansion of public services to serve low-income persons; creation of new jobs through small business loans or infrastructure improvements; various affordable housing projects, including home reconstruction, rehabilitation and repair programs.
Website: http://www.azhousing.gov/ShowPage.aspx?ID=21&CID=11

Emergency Repairs and Housing Rehabilitation
Arizona Department of Housing
1110 W. Washington Street, Suite 310 Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.771.1000
Fax: 602.771.1002
ADOH administers funding for programs through units of local government and non-profit agencies that provide rehabilitation and emergency repair to properties owned and occupied as the primary resident of low-income homeowners.
Website: http://www.azhousing.gov/ShowPage.aspx?ID=166&CID=11

Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
Arizona Department of Housing
1110 W. Washington Street, Suite 310 Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.771.1000
Fax: 602.771.1002
The Arizona Public Housing Authority has oversight and monitoring responsibilities for 114 subsidized properties, representing over 7,900 units, throughout the state of Arizona. The properties, which receive rental subsidies through the Section 8 Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, offer affordable housing to households that are at or below 50% of the area median income. The subsidy or assistance stays with the property?those families residing at a Project-Based Assisted property may receive assistance as long as they are eligible and reside at the property. The assistance does not go with the family when they move. Families must be eligible under Project-Based Rental Assistance requirements. Applications are accepted at each site.
Website: http://new.azhousing.gov/ShowPage.aspx?ID=188

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
Arizona Department of Housing
1110 W. Washington Street, Suite 310 Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.771.1000
Fax: 602.771.1002
Housing Choice Voucher Program is available only in Yavapai County through the Arizona Public Housing Authority. For information on availability in other Arizona jurisdictions, contact the housing authority for that jurisdiction. (see website for link)
Website: http://new.azhousing.gov/ShowPage.aspx?ID=188

Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program
Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office
The State of Arizona will implement a mail-in rebate program to help residents replace older, inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR� qualified appliances. The program is scheduled to begin on April 12, 2010 and will last until funds are depleted. Rebates vary based on the appliances’ efficiency levels. Advanced reservations will be required for rebate purchases, consumers must self-certify the replacement of an old appliance, and rebate claims must be made within 30 days of purchase. Arizona encourages residents to recycle the old appliances.

Eligible Products:
* Clothes washers
* Dishwashers
* Gas storage water heaters
* Gas tankless water heaters
* Electric heat pump water heaters

Program running April 12, 2010 – The program will end when funds are depleted.
Website: http://www.azcommerce.com/Energy/Rebate.htm

Senators
Your state senators can help you move your deals forward. Here’s who you want to reach out to.

Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
730 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington Dc 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4521
Email: Contact Online
Website: http://kyl.senate.gov/

John McCain (R-AZ)
241 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington Dc 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2235
Email: Contact Online
Website: http://mccain.senate.gov/

House Representatives
State Representatives don’t want boarded up properties or unaffordable housing in their districts. Reach out to them for a helping hand in getting your applications reviewed.

Rep. Jeff Flake [R, AZ-6]
Website: http://flake.house.gov

Rep. Trent Franks [R, AZ-2]
Website: http://www.house.gov/franks

Rep. Raul Grijalva [D, AZ-7]

Website: http://www.house.gov/grijalva

Rep. Edward Pastor [D, AZ-4]
Website: http://www.house.gov/pastor

Rep. Ben Quayle [R, AZ-3]
Website: http://quayle.house.gov

Rep.David Schweikert [D, AZ-5]

Website:  http://schweikert.house.gov/

Rep. Ron Barber [D, AZ-8]
Website:  http://barber.house.gov/

Rep. Paul  A.Gozar[D, AZ-1]
Website: http://gosar.house.gov/

Large Cities and Communities

The following larger cities and communities are most likely to offer local programs:

  • Phoenix
  • Tucson
  • Mesa
  • Glendale
  • Chandler
  • Scottsdale
  • Gilbert
  • Tempe
  • Peoria
  • Surprise
  • Yuma
  • Avondale
  • Flagstaff
  • Goodyear
  • Lake Havasu City