Housing / Legal
Maricopa County and its partners offer assistance with down payments to qualifying military personnel as well as a wide range of affordable housing options throughout Maricopa County.
If you are a veteran experiencing problems resulting in a case in the Maricopa County criminal justice system, we may be able to assist you through the veteran’s problem solving court. If you would like to review guidance regarding Veteran benefits services, information in available from the Superior Court Law Library. Veterans can also record DD214 discharge papers with our Recorders Office.
Down Payment Assistance
The Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Maricopa County and The Industrial Development Authority of the City of Phoenix, Arizona have joined together to help military personnel and veterans obtain FHA, VA, or USDA-RD loan financing to purchase a home anywhere in Maricopa County, including the City of Phoenix.
The IDA’s Home in Five Program offers 6% down payment assistance to qualified military personnel, including veterans.
The Housing Authority of Maricopa County is an active partner with county, state and federal agencies and programs as well as other public and private sectors with a goal to offer a wide range of affordable housing throughout Maricopa County. The Housing Authority is currently taking applications for public housing units at various locations throughout Maricopa County. Preference is given to Veterans.
No one who has served our country should ever go without a safe, stable place to call home. All too frequently veterans are unable to prevent entering into the County’s homeless population. Maricopa County’s Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) is integral to providing services, including transitional and permanent housing services, for homeless individuals and families, including veterans, throughout our community.
The HCH delivers quality health care to homeless people through street outreach, integrated primary care, mental health services, substance abuse services, case management, employment assistance, nutrition services and emergency, transitional and permanent housing services. HCH’s collaborative efforts focus on meeting these needs in an effective and efficient manner, and centralizing key services.
In another community collaboration, Maricopa County Public Health and Human Services works in conjunction with many different partners on Project H3 Vets, which is a community initiative coordinated by the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness. The initiative, which seeks to end chronic homelessness among veterans, is aligned nationally with the 100,000 Homes Campaign and the VA National Homeless Veterans Outreach Campaign.
Maricopa County Recorder’s Office records DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty for veterans. By recording your DD214, you are ensured that if something happens to the original, you may obtain a certified copy at any time. Once your DD214 is recorded, obtaining a certified copy is a simple process which can be initiated by completed the necessary request form.
You can go to the website to download the Military Discharge Public Records Request Form, once it is filled out, signed and notarized, send it by mail or physically bring it to the downtown Phoenix or Mesa location. This service is provided by the Recorder’s Office free of charge and includes 5 certified copies.
Problem Solving Court
Veteran’s Problem Solving Court is an inter-agency collaborative effort focused on veterans in the criminal justice system. The Court is a problem-solving court that uses a collaborative approach to criminal justice proceedings.
The Court works in conjunction with prosecutors, defense attorneys, veteran mentors, and the Veteran’s Administration to give each participant the best chance of getting back on track as healthy, productive veteran and Maricopa County citizen.
Click here to watch a short video on the Veteran’s Court.
Hearings, which are guided by principles of working together to provide the necessary services to tackle complex issues while adhering to a court process that addresses recovery, resiliency and rehabilitation, are conducted once a week for veterans that meet certain eligibility requirements. Click here to view the brochure to learn more about Veterans Court and see eligibility requirements.
Veteran Benefits Manual
The National Veteran’s Legal Services Program, a non-profit, charitable organization that works for veterans’ rights and conducts an advocate training program, compiles the Veterans Benefits Manual. The manual is a practical guide with the critical information you need to navigate veterans’ benefits issues.
Veterans and their families can access this valuable resource at the County Superior Court Law Library.
The Veterans Benefits Manual is a desk reference and issue-oriented guide for veterans’ service organization representatives, state and county veterans’ service officers, attorneys, paralegals, and other advocates representing veterans and their dependents before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and reviewing courts.
User-friendly, well-indexed, and packed with practical information, the manual includes sample forms and briefs, flowcharts, checklists, citations to legal authorities, and other documents designed to streamline the claims process and save veterans valuable time.
Law for Veterans
Law for Veterans is a one-stop clearinghouse for access to legal and other important veteran benefit information sponsored by the Arizona Supreme Court, the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, and the State Bar of Arizona and its Military Legal Assistance Committee. Through this site, legal information, articles, resources and forms can be accessed, providing veterans critical help they may need.
The site features ten specialty subject areas ranging from identity theft to employment law. There are sections with helpful Q&A topics as well as a place to ask legal questions, find a lawyer, or locate other resources veterans might need.
More than 270 legal professionals have volunteered to respond to questions and help match veterans with the resources they need.