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Marco Lopez Announces BUILD Affordable Housing Proposal

Today, Marco Lopez, Democratic candidate for governor, announced his BUILD Affordable Housing proposal: measures he will undertake once in office to grow the housing stock, provide more affordable housing units and make home ownership attainable for all Arizonans.

“Rising housing prices and homelessness are results of failed leadership, caused in part by a lack of investment in housing across the board,” said Marco Lopez, Democratic candidate for governor. “As governor, I will direct state resources to build housing for Arizonans of all income levels, cut red tape that dissuades sustainable and responsible development, engage cities and counties to meet their unique needs, convene discussions with developers, and put an end to discriminatory housing practices that keeps working families from establishing long-term and multi-generational equity in our state. 

“By taking action now, we can avoid a situation in which Arizona’s working families are further priced-out by rising home prices, while preparing our state for the new economy and keeping it attractive and safe.” 

As part of this plan, Marco Lopez announced his support for legislation that will:

Build more housing for Arizonans of all income levels

  • Instruct the Arizona Commerce Authority to dedicate $200M or more of Private Activity Bonds for affordable housing, which can then be leveraged 5-6 times with private dollars
  • Direct at least 50% of unclaimed property monies collected by the Department of Revenue to the Arizona Department of Housing for sustainable, affordable housing development 

Usher in sustainable and responsible development

  • Use $500 million of left over stimulus funds for a one time investment in housing stock to kickstart a new era of housing development.
  • Support and sign legislation that will reform current single-family zoning regulations to make it easier and cheaper to build mixed-use density housing and transit-oriented development in urban areas
  • Work to secure future water and food supply by addressing unregulated groundwater pumping, working side-by-side with rural cities to protect precious resources and adequately funding state departments so they have the staff and capacity to ensure quality oversight of land leases.

Intervene in the cycle of housing insecurity and homelessness

  • Increase eviction notice periods to give tenants more time to recover from medical emergencies, job losses and other reasons they may have a temporary drop in income; incentivize more landlords to accept housing vouchers 
  • Provide access to down payment assistance, affordable legal services, assistance clearing credit records and fee reductions, and seal the court records of eviction cases that were settled before tenants were actually evicted.
  • Provide pathways to low-barrier employment for those who have fallen into homelessness and expand permanent supportive housing to address the needs of the chronically homeless
  • Advocate for changes to federal and state law to allow for Medicaid to fund mental health services in facilities with more than 16 beds.

Take a Local First Approach

  • Establish a task force in conjunction with local government to help municipalities maximize the impact of the funds available to them by taking advantage of federal programs and leveraging private dollars. 
  • Create a front-line of intake specialists to help those in need of housing find units they can afford and walk them through the appropriate application process for receiving additional state support.
  • Work with cities to build non-traditional housing units such as SROs (Single Room Occupancy), shared housing, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and more, creating gentle density without disturbing the sense of community.  

Dissolve discriminatory housing practices

  • Address and rectify the historical implications of redlining in urban areas and establish safeguards against gentrification practices that drive up housing prices, like rent control and community land trusts
  • Pass a statewide non-discrimination statute that ensures LGBTQ+ Arizonans cannot be denied housing just because of who they love or how they identify.

“I want to commend Marco Lopez for his thoughtful and comprehensive approach to addressing the housing affordability crisis in our state,” said Dr. Sheila D. Harris, Founding Director of Arizona Department of Housing. “Marco truly cares for all Arizonans and has a commitment and plan to address housing needs for all.”  

“Marco’s plan to BUILD more affordable housing is exactly what our state needs,” said Representative Morgan Abraham. “His vision will lift up working families and restore the promise that Arizona has to offer them. I’m excited to be supporting his campaign and I’m even more excited to work with him once he gets elected governor to turn these affordable housing policy commitments into law.”

“Marco’s housing plan is grounded in reality and has actionable steps to address Arizona’s housing crisis,” said Representative Christian Solorio. “His comprehensive plan will positively impact all Arizonans including working families, people with disabilities, renters, and folks trying to achieve their American dream through homeownership.”

Marco Lopez’s BUILD Plan for working families is a part of his broader vision in which all Arizonans should be afforded the opportunity to Make it in Arizona. So far, Marco has released plans to rebuild our education system, lift up workers and working families, protect the LGBTQ+ community, strengthen relationships with the Native American community and create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive state. His campaign will continue to roll out more proposals in the coming months.


Marco Lopez is running for governor because he believes in the Promise of Arizona – the promise that if you work hard, play by the rules, and treat people with respect then you can make it here in our state. It’s this idea that led Marco’s parents to immigrate to Arizona from Mexico nearly 50 years ago. They didn’t start out with much, but they dreamed that Marco and his sisters could do better than they did. That’s just what happened—Marco and his sisters were the first generation in their family to go to college. Once Marco graduated from the University of Arizona, he knew he had to give back. At just 21-years-old he ran for mayor of his hometown of Nogales and won, becoming one of the youngest mayors in the country. After winning two mayoral elections, Governor Napolitano asked Marco to serve at the state level as Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce where he oversaw critical trade relationships in the state. Next, President Obama asked Marco to serve at the national level, where he oversaw a $13 billion budget and 60,000 people. In 2011, Marco left the administration to start his own small business here in Arizona just like his parents had done 40 years before. Over the past ten years Connect2Compete has brought high speed internet to one million low income families nationally, and in Mesa, AZ, SkyBridge Arizona is on track to create 15,000 quality Arizona jobs. Marco is running for governor because he believes the Promise of Arizona is still possible, but for too many people in our state today it’s out of reach. Marco has the leadership experience in the private and public sector to make that promise of opportunity that brought his parents to Arizona a reality for everyone. For more information, please visit www.marcolopez.com

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