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All the ways Chandler is trying to tackle its affordable housing problem

Housing affordability is one of the greatest challenges many communities around the country are facing. A recent series on The Show called Out of Reach tackled some of the broader aspects of that reality.

A number of Valley cities are trying creative approaches in response. Later this month, Mesa will be taking pre-applications for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Housing Choice Voucher Program — also known as Section 8.

Last year, KJZZ reported on the city of Chandler opening up its Section 8 waitlist for the first time in a few years. The Show spoke with Amy Jacobson, Chandler’s housing and redevelopment manager, to find out how it’s going. Jacobson talked about the general challenges of finding affordable housing in the Valley.

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Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.