/ Modified jan 31, 2020 3:56 p.m.

Pima County sees growing demand for affordable housing

A county official discusses factors that contribute to a lack of access.

As the Tucson metro population has grown, so has demand for affordable housing. Marco Ysmael, housing program manager with Pima County, explained some of the challenges with access.

“There’s a lot of similarities with the economy prior to the Great Recession, and how we were seeing land prices and home prices start to skyrocket out of control,” Ysmael said. “It’s good on one hand, that values are being resorted to pre-recession levels. It’s good for homeowners and property owners. But it presents challenges for those that are moderate-, lower-income families.”

Ysmael also described ways deregulation could create more inventory and help meet demands.

“I think there is an effort right now to look at what things can be done to reduce regulatory barriers and make it easier for not only homebuilders, but the average person that wants to build their own home,” Ysmael said.

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