As rent, utility moratoriums end, how will Arizonans get out of debt?


Tempe resident Kim McKellar has been unable to use rental assistance to pay her rental debts, which have piled up since the pandemic began and she and her husband lost their jobs. Now $20,000 in debt to their landlord, she fears they will be evicted when a federal moratorium lifts June 30.

Tens of thousands of Arizonans are still behind on bills that stacked up during the COVID-19 pandemic, from rent to utilities to water.

That debt totals in the hundreds of millions of dollars at least, though exact figures aren’t yet known.

These debts hinder people’s abilities to find safe, stable housing, threaten their access to water and power and could make it difficult to qualify for loans in the future.

As the country continues to reopen, there are many whose financial freedom remains hindered by the events of the last 16 months.

A Phoenix renter who moved to the Valley two weeks before the pandemic took hold of the country in March 2020 lived off a small inheritance left by her recently deceased parents because she was unable to find a job for the first several months.



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2021-06-23 13:30:31

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