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January 10th, 2023
As Homeless Crisis in Arizona Grows, Rep. Grijalva Requests Biden Admin Take Additional Action on Rising Rents

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Jamaal Bowman (NY-16) and 47 other members of Congress in sending a bicameral letter urging President Biden to pursue all possible strategies to address rent inflation, end corporate price gouging in the real estate sector, and ensure that renters and people experiencing homelessness across this country are stably housed.

This comes following the release of the 2022 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness Report published in December 2022 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which found Arizona experiencing one of the worst homelessness crises in that nation, reported by the Arizona Republic.

“Rising rents coupled with a severe housing shortage are forcing people out on the street,” said Rep. Grijalva. “I applaud the commitment of this administration to prevent evictions and to swiftly implement the Emergency Rental Assistance program as our country recovers from the consequences of the pandemic. The administration must expand its approach to address rent inflation and the rampant corporate price gouging that is forcing families out of their homes which is why we are calling for these additional federal actions. I’m ready to work with the Biden administration to use the tools of the federal government to stop this crisis.”

The full letter text is available here.

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