El Portal

Affordable Rental Housing

Under the El Portal Program the City of Tucson has acquired many properties in order to increase the affordable housing market in Tucson.  Properties owned by the City include single family homes and multi-unit dwellings.  Units become available when the City purchases a property or when a tenant has vacated a City-owned El Portal unit.

A condition of using federal funds to administer the El Portal Program is that units be made available to those who would benefit from affordable rental housing (personal or family income is below 80% of the median income limit); therefore, it is necessary to document the income and assets of a household.  Prospective tenants will need to attend an eligibility certification appointment; existing tenants are asked to provide annual documentation of income and assets.

More information                           Appointment Checklist

HCD Release Form                           HUD Release Form

Application / Personal Declaration 

Below is a list of rental units currently available.  If you are interested in a unit and believe you meet the income qualifications, you may send an email to ElPortal@tucsonaz.gov requesting more information, or call (520) 791-5353, and a member of the management team will assist you. 




202 E Mohave Rd # 3 2br / 1ba $ 616
"       "       " # 4 2br / 1ba $ 616
"       "       " # 11 2br / 1ba $ 616
202 E Mohave Rd # 12 2br / 2ba $ 616
"       "       " # 13 2br / 1ba $ 616
"       "       " # 14 2br / 1ba $ 616
"       "       " #15 2br / 1ba $ 616
202 E Mohave Rd # 16 2br / 1ba $ 616
3807 E Blacklidge Dr # 309 1br / 1ba $ 374
626 N Dodge Blvd # 10 STUDIO $ 374
"       "       " # 13 " $ 374
"       "       " # 14 " $ 374
"       "       " # 20 " $ 374
"       "       " # 24 " $ 374
626 N Dodge Blvd # 25 STUDIO $ 374


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I benefit from affordable rental housing?

Rents are set based on figures provided by the federal government, which reflects market rates and median incomes in this region. These figures are called HOME Program Rents. The rental amounts for City-owned El Portal units are below the fair market rate for a comparable unit.

Are these units like Public or Section 8 housing?

No.  The units are available to anyone with a good credit history and the appropriate income (based on family size) that desires to rent a unit. This information is provided at the eligibility certification.

Who sees the information that I am asked to provide?

This information is for internal tracking and federal reporting requirements.  The information that you provide is considered privileged and protected by the Federal Privacy Act. Nothing in your file will be disclosed without your specific written permission.

Do I have to continually report changes in my financial situation?

No.  We will review and certify income annually if you renew your lease and continue to reside in the unit.

If my income has increased, will I be forced to move from my apartment at lease renewal?

No.  We do not foresee anyone having to move.  While federal regulations require that unit be rented to persons at or below 80% of the median income limit (based on family size), residents who are over the income limit may continue to reside in their unit. Although their rent may be raised to the market rent at the time of lease renewal.

Who manages the properties?  Who do I contact in matters of rent, repairs, etc.?

The Housing and Community Development Department of the City of Tucson manages the El Portal units. If you are interested in renting an El Portal unit, or have questions on the application process, rents, leases, maintenance, etc., please contact El Portal staff at (520) 791-5353.