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Rising Tucson rents hitting schools amid housing crisis

Posted at 6:32 AM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 08:32:02-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - An analysis has found that rising rents in Tucson are pushing families out of apartment complexes and disrupting children's school year.

Mapping shows that two school districts -- Tucson Unified and Amphitheater Unified -- have been hardest hit by evictions. Those evictions are a reflection of Tucson's housing crisis for lower-income residents.

In some neighborhoods, when rents rise quickly in large rental complexes near a school, a number of students might suddenly have to leave their classrooms at once.

Over the last year, the cost for a rental unit in Tucson increased by an average of $53 per month, though some apartment complexes saw rent increases in the hundreds.