Housing supply

Arizona officials to sponsor legislation to help housing supply and affordability

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – New legislation regarding housing affordability was recently sponsored by State Representatives Steve Kaiser and Cesar Chávez.

“The supply of available housing in Arizona has not kept pace with demand, making it harder for Arizona families to find affordable housing,” Rep. Kaiser said. “The biggest impediment to increasing housing supply is municipal regulations and restrictive zoning laws that impede growth. Our bill makes the process of building homes easier and faster to help ensure that housing supply across the state meets growing demand and that Arizona families are able to find a house they can afford.

The legislation was also drawn up to tackle homelessness and will create a set of zoning rules to build homes faster.

“The pandemic has left us with back-to-back issues resulting in increased homelessness, people struggling with mental health issues and a housing shortage for the rapidly growing population. Whenever Arizona has faced crises, the best and only solution is to tackle the problems with a bipartisan approach,” Rep. Chávez said. “Not only will this bipartisan bill address issues identified through a broad stakeholder process, but we will make a historic investment in the Arizona Department of Housing Trust Fund to combat the homelessness and affordable housing for Arizonans who need it most.”