Arizona thrives when we work together to develop solutions that benefit the most vulnerable among us. Help us innovate beyond the construction of housing units to address housing security through supportive services. We welcome solutions related to racial inequality, economic and physical mobility, social work, public health, education, safe neighborhoods, and more. Won’t you join us?
Number of hours an individual would need to work in one week at minimum wage to afford a two-bedroom rental home in Arizona.
Increased likelihood a household in a tribal area will lack adequate plumbing (as compared to the US average).
Percentage of households receiving food assistance that also reported facing a housing hardship in the previous year.
Percentage of Arizonans who feel their housing situation is less secure than it was before COVID-19.
The Housing Security Challenge is a $250,000 grant competition designed to encourage new solutions that respond to the lack of affordable and stable housing in Arizona, not by constructing new housing units, but by addressing the broader context of housing insecurity throughout the state. It invites solutions rooted in supportive services related to racial inequality, economic and physical mobility, social work, public health, education, and more, that can help to create a new generation of innovation around affordable housing.
According to The Urban Institute, “Housing insecurity can take a number of forms: homelessness; housing cost burden; residential instability; evictions and other forced moves; living with family or friends to share housing costs (doubling-up); overcrowding; living in substandard, poor quality housing; or living in neighborhoods that are unsafe and lack access to transportation, jobs, quality schools, and other critical amenities.” It refers to both the lack of affordable housing units in the state and the many ways in which Arizona residents may not have living situations that are stable, healthy, or safe.
We are looking for creative solutions from organizations or a coalition of organizations within the United States. Lead applicants may be:
Teams of organizations are encouraged to work together in developing their application. Individuals are not eligible for this challenge. Refer to the Rules for more information about eligibility.
This competition is open to eligible organizations throughout the United States. While organizations are not required to be located in Arizona, they will need to demonstrate a deep understanding of local context in order to competitively meet the criteria laid out in the scoring rubric.
Arizona currently ranks third as the worst state in the nation for low-income families seeking housing security. Arizona also faces unique issues due to divides between its urban and rural populations, and the comparatively small investment in affordable housing from state government. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown these pre-existing issues into sharper focus, while exposing new fault lines in the links between housing, health, and economic mobility.
We are looking for innovative solutions that have the potential to serve as models to address housing insecurity across the state and benefit our racially and economically diverse communities. Specific criteria for proposals are laid out in the scoring rubric.
We recognize that housing security sits at the very center of an array of overlapping issues that are vital to community health, wellbeing, and resilience. While building supply is part of any equation trying to solve for affordable and stable housing, increasing housing security for Arizonans requires thinking beyond the availability of housing units. This competition will not provide funding for the construction or renovation of housing units; rather, we want to address the broader context of housing insecurity and find ideas that can seed the next generation of affordable housing innovation in our state.
Review all of the information about this competition, including the rules and the application, to assess your eligibility and fit for this challenge. Then, be sure to register no later than Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Registration is required and is a simple two-step process. First, create a username and password, then check your inbox to confirm your registration. Next, complete the online registration form. Once you are registered, develop and submit your application online no later than Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.
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