UMOM opens affordable housing community in South Phoenix

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UMOM New Day Centers, Arizona’s innovative leader in shelter, supportive services and housing for families, single women and youth experiencing homelessness, has opened its newest affordable housing complex in south Phoenix called South 7th Village.

Arizona continues to grapple with a severe shortage of affordable housing. According to a national report released by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), full-time workers need to earn $21.10 per hour to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment at fair market in Arizona. With a minimum wage of $12 an hour in Arizona, workers must work 57 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom apartment.

“It’s not a surprise to anyone that metro Phoenix faces a severe shortage of affordable housing,” said UMOM CEO Darlene Newsom. “Without this kind of affordable option, people can end up in unsafe or inadequate housing. Too often, people in our community live paycheck to paycheck or barely get by on social security with no sign of relief. One medical bill or an unexpected expense puts them right back to where they started.”

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