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Maricopa County seeks public input for housing and community needs

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Katherine Davis-Young/KJZZ
New houses under construction in south Phoenix.

Maricopa County is looking for feedback on affordable housing needs and fair housing issues. Results will help the Department of Human Services prioritize federally funded programs.

Maricopa County will use public input from online and in-person meetings to develop a five-year plan to use funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money will ultimately be used to preserve and increase affordable housing countywide.

The first community meeting is Tuesday.

Jamie MacFarlane is assistant director for DHS’ division of Housing and Community Development.

“In the beginning of 2025, what we'll do is that data then gets used to start actually creating the consolidated plan and we'll make recommendations on what those goals and priorities are," she said.

The public can also provide input via the Maricopa County website, email or phone.

Ignacio Ventura is a reporter for KJZZ. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in news media and society.