Maricopa County Partners with UMOM Helping Hands Housing Services to Fund Affordable Housing in Phoenix

Maricopa County Government
3 min readMay 25, 2023

May 2023

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has approved $6 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for the construction of a new affordable housing community in Phoenix. The development, known as Bret Tarver Terrace, will be located at 3101 W. McDowell Rd. The community is named after fallen Phoenix firefighter Bret Tarver who tragically perished on duty while fighting a fire at a shopping center in 2001.

The new community will have a total of 96 units, including 32 one-bedroom units, 32 two-bedroom units, and 32 three-bedroom units. UMOM Helping Hands Housing Services, a local non-profit organization, will develop the project.

“The approval of this funding is a significant step forward in our ongoing efforts to address the affordable housing crisis in Maricopa County,” said Chairman Clint Hickman, District 4. “We are proud to partner with UMOM Housing on this important project, which will provide much needed housing options for working families.”

In addition to offering computer training, financial literacy information, and job-seeking skills, the community will provide opportunities for English language proficiency and support services for health, nutrition, life skills, and parenting. Residents will be able to enjoy amenities that include a community room, barbecue and picnic areas, a computer lab, a fitness center, community garden space, and a playground.

Supervisor Steve Gallardo, District 5, added, “It’s very exciting to partner with UMOM on this project because they bring a longstanding history of helping struggling families. The onsite services that will help support residents along with a great location close to schools, shopping, and transportation options really make this development an ideal place for families to thrive.”

To qualify for residency at Bret Tarver Terrace, individuals, and families must meet the current Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rent and income limits guidelines at 60 percent or less of the Area Median Income. Rent will range from $828 to $1600 per month, depending on income, family size, and unit size.

Construction of the project is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2023, with leasing expected to start in January 2025.

About Maricopa County Human Services

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