/Federal eviction moratorium expires July 31

Federal eviction moratorium expires July 31

With the federal eviction moratorium expiring July 31, Tempe continues to encourage residents to access city and community resources. 

A last-minute effort in Congress to extend the moratorium failed July 30.

The City of Tempe has two Resource Navigators and a Financial Navigator who can connect individuals and families with a range of programs and services. Navigators offer assistance to those in need at no charge. Tempe also seeks to connect residents to housing, utility, legal, food and other resources through tempe.gov/GetHelp.

City and community resources available include:

Human Services Resource Navigator program. Individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can get connected with the appropriate resources to address their needs based on their current circumstance. Individuals can receive assistance online and over the phone and will have direct contact with the Resource Navigators. The goal of the city’s navigators is to simplify the process for accessing the right resources and to support clients in becoming self-sufficient. Contact the city’s Resource Navigators at resources@tempe.gov or 480-858-2021.

Human Services Financial Navigator program. Anyone in Arizona financially impacted by the pandemic can get one-on-one assistance from our navigator to explore available resources such as funds to pay bills, how to work with creditors, ways to maximize incomes and more. Get started today at https://finnav.org/tempe.

Tempe Utility bill assistance. Are you having trouble paying your utility bill? We can help. It is vital that residents make a payment plan in advance of services being shut off. There are several ways to make a utility payment. Pay by phone: 480-350-8361. Pay online  or visit tempe.gov/CustomerService to see other payment options.

CARE 7 crisis response. If you or someone you know is struggling, the city’s CARE 7 team can help with counseling resources, youth specialists, victim services and more. Call 480-350-8004 or visit tempe.gov/CARE7.

2-1-1 Arizona. Find statewide information about available rent and mortgage assistance, food, financial resources, internet access and more at 211arizona.org. Dial 211 to speak to a representative.

Rent and utility assistance, food pantry. Tempe Community Action Agency offers a range of services to Tempe residents. Visit tempeaction.org/covid19 to apply for assistance with rent and utilities, learn how to get an emergency food box, register for meal programs for seniors and adults with disabilities, find temporary shelter, and more.

Legal assistance. Connect with free and low-cost legal services through Community Legal Services at 800-852-9075 and Modest Means at 866-637-5341. Services available for those who qualify. The Arizona Bar Foundation created azevictionhelp.org to provide information and education about the eviction process, legal resources, rent and utility assistance and more. This website offers comprehensive guidance for those in need.

Help for pets. Pets are family, and Pet Housing Help AZ is committed to helping both four- and two-legged friends who have been impacted by COVID-19. The top animal welfare organizations in the Valley – including Tempe-based Lost Our Home Pet Rescue – have teamed up to provide information, resources and a community rehoming/temporary foster network for struggling pet owners. Learn more: pethousinghelpaz.org.

Find more resources at tempe.gov/GetHelp.