Chandler plans to offer better affordable housing options

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Affordable housing has been a pressing problem in the East Valley for years as rents and housing costs continue to rise.

CHANDLER, Arizona – The City of Chandler plans to provide better affordable housing options for local residents by building a new 157-unit development near McQueen Road and Chandler Boulevard.

Rising rents have fueled greater demand for affordable housing across the city in recent years, and city officials say there is an “insufficient” amount of available capital to improve Chandler’s existing public housing.

Chandler City Council last week passed a resolution authorizing city officials to apply for the federal government’s Rent Assistance Demonstration Program, which gives local facilities access to funds to repair and replace public housing.

Many RAD projects consist of public-private partnerships, where a developer builds a new property and the units are subsidized to tenants at an affordable rate.

The proposed Chandler housing development would be built on city-owned land consisting of one, two, three, four and five bedroom units, community areas and a parking area.

Chandler currently manages 303 low-rent council housing units, most of which dated back to the 1970s. The city is also overseeing the distribution of about 480 vouchers to low-income residents looking to rent a private apartment.

A 2019 poll found that the lack of affordable housing was the most pressing need of Chandler residents, according to the East Valley Tribune.

After the federal government approves Chandler’s RAD application, a development agreement will be presented to the city council that will provide more details about the new housing project.

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