Maricopa County adds $20M more for eviction and utilities help, along with nonprofit and food bank support

Maricopa County is tapping more than $20 million of its federal COVID-19 relief funds to expand programs to help struggling renters, overstretched nonprofits and food banks keep up with rising demand.

About $6.25 million will go specifically to help Mesa renters avoid eviction. The East Valley city has a $1.1 million CARES Act program to help its residents with utilities but not rent payments. Until now, that city program had made Mesa renters ineligible for the county program.

Another $6 million will go to the county's existing utility program to help more renters hurt by the pandemic pay gas, water and electric bills.

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