Low-income housing crisis takes toll on Tucson renters

Over the last fiscal year, judges in Pima County Consolidated Justice Court ordered an average of 25 evictions each day, an Arizona Daily Star analysis found.

Investigative (Arizona)

Emily Bregel
Arizona Daily Star
November 14, 2018

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Southern Arizona Legal Aid, National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) (DC)


The court includes monetary judgments with the eviction judgment, ordering tenants to pay rent owed, plus hundreds of dollars in late fees, court fees and attorneys’ fees. Debts are sent to collection agencies, and wages are garnished. Many bounce between motels or friends’ couches as they search for a new home, draining their limited resources. Parents can lose their jobs in the chaos, and children are sometimes forced to change schools.