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Arizona homeowners can apply for financial assistance

A new program is launching to help Arizona homeowners pay their mortgage and other home-related expenses. Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Housing announced nearly $200 million from the American Rescue Plan Act will be used to jumpstart the Homeowner Assistance Fund.

The funds are intended for low-income homeowners who have experienced financial hardship since the start of the pandemic. Cindy Stotler is the deputy director of the Arizona Department of Housing. She says there were many factors that created a need for the fund. 

“A lot of our Arizona residents who are homeowners have experienced significant hardships. Either they’ve lost their jobs through the pandemic or had their hours cut, or had to leave their jobs to take care of children, or had health care issues," said Stotler. 

The funds are ready to be distributed. 

Homeowners can find out if they’re income eligible for HAF assistance and apply online at haf.azhousing.gov. Housing counselors assigned by the Department of Housing will work with homeowners to ensure applications are submitted accurately and promptly for consideration.

Reyna Preciado started her internship with KJZZ in August 2021. She is a senior at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, focusing on community-related stories.She previously had been pursuing a major in biochemistry, but switched directions after becoming a server. During her time serving, she found that so many people had stories to share and so many voices deserved to be heard.She loved to write in her AP English classes in high school, so she made the decision to use her writing and communication skills to major in broadcast journalism. It was always a dream of hers to become a news anchor after being cast as an anchor in a fourth-grade newscast. It was silly, but it stuck with her, and she was eager to follow her dream when she was finally inspired to change directions. Now, she continues being inspired by the many voices within her community that have been waiting for an opportunity to be able to address what's important to them.When she is not working on a story, she likes to cook, sing and hang out with her crazy toddler.