In 2002, the Arizona Department of Housing was created by an act of the Arizona Legislature.
Over the past 15 years, the Department, along with its partners, dared to imagine a better Arizona, investing $6.1 billion, impacting the lives of 2.2 million Arizonans and making Arizona a better place to live, work, and play.
We invested over $2.4 billion to build new or preserve more than 30,000 affordable rental units to serve lower-income households. We focused on location efficient housing near public transportation and built hundreds of new supportive housing units for formerly homeless individuals and other Arizonans living with special needs.
We invested more than $125 million to provide monthly rental assistance for people who were formerly homeless and provided rental assistance for individuals with other supportive housing needs. We provided funding to create over 35,000 transitional units and shelter beds, and provided operating resources to assist over 132,000 people staying in shelters throughout the state of Arizona.
Through a toll-free hotline, we provided free foreclosure counseling to over 80,000 homeowners during the recession and invested over $158 Million to help nearly 5,000 households avoid foreclosure through mortgage reductions, monthly mortgage assistance payments, short sale assistance, and second mortgage extinguishments. Funding was provided by a grant through the U.S. Department of the Treasury and required that the Department create a nonprofit arm, the Arizona Home Foreclosure Prevention Funding Corporation in order for the State to accept the funding.
We invested over $389 Million in stimulus funds, serving over 103,000 Arizonans through neighborhood stabilization efforts, such as assisting homebuyers to purchase foreclosed homes at reduced prices, provided emergency rental payments to avoid evictions, and invested in shovel ready community development projects, and housing rehabilitation programs.
We served as HUD’s Project Based Section 8 Contract Administrator, processing over 1.6 million monthly rental payments, monitored over 8,000 federally financed rental units annually, and responded to tenant complaints and concerns daily.
We financed more than $1.9 Billion in mortgages and provided $177 Million in Down Payment Assistance for over 11,300 Arizona homebuyers through homebuyer programs of Arizona Housing Finance Authority and the Department of Housing. We partnered with hundreds of private mortgage lenders to create a public-private partnership to deliver these products throughout Arizona, and focused primarily on assisting first time homebuyers.
We invested over $160 Million in federal Community Development Block Grants in Arizona’s 13 rural counties, providing everything from housing rehabilitation to street and sidewalk improvements, to infrastructure investments, park improvements, senior centers, community services and more.
In 2015, we welcomed the State’s Weatherization Programs and since that time have invested over $9.4 Million to assist 1,565 low-income homeowners with energy improvements to their homes in order to save energy and reduce their utility costs, thereby reducing the ongoing costs of maintaining their homes.
In 2016, the State’s Office of Manufactured Housing joined the Department and we now regulate the manufactured housing and modular building industry, which includes in-plant inspections during the construction of the buildings through installation. We license manufacturers, dealers, and installers and respond to consumer complaints for the industry.
Every year since 2004 we have hosted Arizona’s premier housing conference, the Arizona Housing Forum. At this annual event, we bring hundreds of our partners and other affordable housing and community development advocates together to share ideas and best practices, as part of our effort to provide leadership to state housing policy, programs, and endeavors, all helping us to meet our mission at the state housing department.
We did all that and more.
Now we pause and ask ourselves . . .
what can we imagine for the future?
what we can do in the next 15 years.
Note: Reported figures reflect only some of the highlights from the agency’s activities from its first year of operation through June 30, 2017.