COVID-19 Emergency Rent & Utility Assistance Available

The City of Tucson Mayor and Council have allocated more than $4.5 million of Federal CARES Act dollars to fund an emergency rent and utility assistance program for City of Tucson residents struggling to pay rent or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City’s Housing and Community Development (HCD) department has partnered with several agencies to administer this program including Primavera, Interfaith Community Services, Catholic Community Services, and International Rescue Committee.

Program details and requirements include:

  • Household applicants requesting assistance must be City of Tucson residents and financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A household may be assisted once for up to three months of late or upcoming rent or utility obligations incurred after March 1, 2020.
  • One application will be accepted per household for up to $2,500 of rental and utility assistance.
  • Applicants will need to provide a copy of identification, copies of bills, and income and household information.
  • Eligibility is limited to households making up to $68,400.
  • An agency representative will contact applicants within five days of application submittal for a phone interview and may ask them for additional information.
  • If approved, the financial assistance will be sent directly to the applicants' landlord or utility company.
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee assistance.

Applications will open online at 8 a.m., on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, and households are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as funds are limited.

To apply online, visit www.tucsonaz.gov/hcd/rent-help. If you need assistance with the application process or are unable to complete the application online, contact (520) 837-5364 or email covidemergencyassistance@tucsonaz.gov.

“Keeping Tucsonans safe and healthy in their homes is the most important thing as many of our residents have been greatly impacted financially by this pandemic,” said HCD Director Liz Morales. “We’re grateful to Mayor and Council and our partners for this additional tool to help residents facing housing instability.”