ARM is working to make a difference in affordable housing.
Arizona ranks second worst in the nation (49th out of 50) for providing affordable rental homes to low income households.
The Affordable Rental Movement (ARM) branch of Save the Family provides long-term, affordable rental housing for working poor families and individuals. This affiliate agency provides below market-rate rental units to families earning 60% or less of the area median income. ARM tenant families also have access to the supportive services offered through Save the Family’s Homeless Families Intervention Project–services that can help them move forward to market-rate rental housing or even home ownership.
ARM was incorporated in 1994 as a separate, but affiliated nonprofit entity of Save the Family. The main purpose of ARM is to develop affordable rental housing for low and very-low income working households and individuals.
The ARM Program is designed to help families and individuals maintain and increase their self-sufficiency by
- becoming more employable
- increasing their financial stability
- increasing their stability through educational and referral programs offered by Save the Family and other community agencies
- The ARM Program is to be used as a stepping stone to assist families and individuals interested in increasing their wage-earning capacity and pursuing more permanent housing through home ownership and upgrades in housing.
Origins and Accomplishments of ARM
Save the Family’s Transitional Program was designed to promote self-sufficiency and stabilize family lifestyles with the community through intensive job training, life skills training, and counseling. We quickly discovered, however, that as these families became employed after training, their entry level wages were often not enough to obtain and maintain housing in line with their wage earnings. The lack of affordable housing for these families–often headed by single women heads of households–seemed to perpetuate the cycle of homelessness. ARM, therefore, was created in 1994 as another stepping-stone to self-sufficiency, enabling clients to pay below-market rates for their housing.
Since its beginnings, ARM has purchased more than 146 affordable housing units used as rentals. A Property Management Coordinator and Maintenance Technicians oversee rehabilitating and maintaining the units by way of grant funding, volunteer groups, and in-kind donations.
Periodically ARM receives HOME funds to rehabilitate properties purchased for affordable rental housing. When rehabilitating a property ARM uses licensed contractors for all the work. We encourage the contractors that work for ARM to employ individuals that are low and very low income persons to work on the rehab contracts ARM approves. We also encourage minority and women owned licensed contracts to bid.
- All appliances are included in rent. Washer/dryer are not always available.
- Water, sewage, and trash included in rent.
- Application fee of $30 required.
- Security deposit of $300.00 required at the time of move-in.