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How can housing assistance be obtained in Arizona?

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The Arizona Department of Housing website provides a listing of links to various housing assistance services on its "Services for the General Public" page. Clicking on any of the services links opens a page with further information regarding the assistance that can be obtained and how to submit an application. The links include a database of affordable apartments, a foreclosure help line, Public Housing Authority Section 8 housing programs, emergency home repair assistance and homeless assistance agencies.

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Although most of the Arizona housing assistance programs are run at the state level, regional nonprofit organizations often handle the application process, as reported on the "Arizona Housing Assistance" page of the Need Help Paying Bills website. In some areas of Arizona, the local county health department is the primary organization handling applications for assistance.

Funding from the federal Housing and Urban Development agency enables assistance programs in Arizona to provide affordable housing for families whose incomes are at or below 50 percent of their area's average income level. Sometimes referred to as project-based or Section 8 housing, applicants may find there is a waiting list.

The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, or HPRP, is another federally-funded program that can provide Arizona residents with financial assistance to pay their rent if they are in danger of eviction, or the program can help pay for security deposits and moving costs for families who have already lost their homes. The primary intent of the program is to provide assistance to people who would be homeless if not for the program's assistance. In Arizona, HPRP applications are handled by local level organizations such as community action agencies and the Salvation Army.

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