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New UMOM Affordable Housing Units Available to Those in Need
UMOM New Day Centers, Arizona’s leader in shelter, services and housing for families, single women and youth experiencing homelessness, has officially opened its latest affordable housing complex, 19West.
The complex of two and three bedroom apartments offers homes at reduced rent to families and individuals with demonstrated need. Built on a lot formerly used for camping by people experiencing homelessness, the site was deliberately chosen for its access to light rail, grocery stores, schools and other necessities. It is UMOM’s seventh affordable housing property in Phoenix.
“It’s not a surprise to anyone that metro Phoenix faces a severe shortage of affordable housing,” said UMOM CEO Darlene Newsom. “Without this kind of affordable option, people can end up in unsafe or inadequate housing, far from school or work. Too often, they’re living paycheck to paycheck with no sign of relief. One job lost or one missed check and they’re right back where they started.”
Kate Gallego, the newly-inaugurated Mayor of Phoenix who attended the Grand Opening event, said those extras are part of what make 19West so attractive. “It really recognizes what it means to raise a family – that you need spaces for your children to engage in whatever they love, whether it’s art, music or computers.
“It is certainly hard enough to be a parent when you’re facing challenges with affordable housing. I’m proud that this is the kind of solution that Phoenix can offer.”
Affordable housing is a statewide issue. In a report released last month the National Low Income Housing Coalition named Arizona third worst in the nation for affordable housing. For every 100 extremely low-income household in Arizona, only 25 affordable rental housing units are available. The need is underscored by the fact that when 19West officially opened, nearly all 54 apartments had already been leased.