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Chandler Expands Assistance Program As Eviction Moratorium Nears The End

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eviction moratorium kept some renters from losing their homes due to lack of payment during the pandemic. It’s set to expire at the end of the month, but Chandler is expanding its rent and utility assistance program to help alleviate some financial strain.

Thanks to a more than $7 million award from the U.S. Treasury Department, Chandler will be able to help more individuals and families pay their bills.

To qualify, households must have an income at or below 80% of the area median income. Once approved, residents can get up to 15 months of assistance for rent and utilities.

The city will prioritize those who are most in need, like those who’ve been unemployed for the past 90 days.

Applicants can find the form  online. Tempe and Tucson are also offering similar services.

Senior field correspondent Bridget Dowd has a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.