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 establishes working poor families and individuals in affordable housing and offers supportive services to help them maintain and increase their self-sufficiency.
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 1992 as a separate but affiliated nonprofit entity of Save the Family.
The ARM Program is designed to help families and individuals maintain and increase their self-sufficiency by
- becoming more employable
- increasing financial stability
- increasing 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 nearly 150 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.
Please note that the ARM Application and Waitlist are currently closed. For other affordable housing options, check out a listing of other potential locations valley-wide here.
ARM is no longer providing positions or “numbers” of individuals on the waitlist. ARM will only confirm if you are or are not on the waitlist, and confirm contact information on file.
Any changes of address or contact information MUST be submitted in writing in order to be updated. Requests may be sent via email to ARMinfo@nullsavethefamily.org, or by mail or in-person drop off at Save the Family, 125 E. University Dr Mesa, AZ 85201. Requests made over the phone will not be accepted.
ARM is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This program offers rental assistance which is based upon the household’s income. Applicants must be income eligible based on HUD Income Limits of 60%; further information is available at www.hudexchange.info/programs/home/home-income-limits/.ARM provides reasonable accommodations upon request. Any applicant who has special needs to read or complete the ARM application can request assistance from Save the Family. We will arrange for staff members to translate from Spanish to English and/or to read required documents onsite. Additional arrangements can be made through TDDY and/or signing through the community Human Resource Directory for Maricopa County. ARM of Save the Family does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, handicap, or familial status. Housing funded in part through Maricopa County HOME Consortium, Arizona Dept. of Housing, and City of Mesa HOME funds.