PILGRIM REST FAMILY SERVICES
 
 
Director: Rhoshawndra Carnes
 
  Contact: familyservices@pilgrimrestphx.org  
     
 
     
 

 

 

 

A NEW LEAF NOW HAS SEVERAL CHOICES FOR FREE ON-LINE FINANCIAL EDUCATION FOR YOU AND YOUR CLIENTS

In order to make it easier to find the workshops and sign up, you can see them all on the A New Leaf website under both the Phoenix Workforce Calendars. All workshops are currently virtual.
The May on-line workshops include:

Maintaining and Improving Your Credit (offered twice a week) In partnership with Operation Hope. This includes the option to schedule a free one on one private call with certified Financial Wellbeing Coach to review the individual’s credit report and create a plan to improve their credit score.

These workshops are led by BBVA Bank:
Time to Create a Budget
Protecting your Identity On-Line
Small Business Financial Wellness - How Businesses Obtain Credit

Here's a link directly to the May Calendar. http://bit.ly/EventsPhx

Everyone can attend these workshops so please feel free to share widely.

 

LOAN PROGRAM FOR MARICOPA COUNTY RESIDENTS

The Arizona Community Foundation and the Phoenix IDA, along with MariSol Federal Credit Union and Take Charge America have launched a loan program named Lend a Hand. The loan program assists Maricopa County residents who are struggling to pay off high-cost title loans and helps them find a path to healthy credit and financial success. Take Charge America offers applicants a free credit counseling session and helps each applicant develop a budget. MariSol Federal Credit Union then offers qualified applicants an alternative loan with favorable terms and pays off their title loan debt up to $2,000. As part of the program, borrowers establish their own savings accounts with MariSol to help build emergency savings and plan for a secure financial future. The Lend a Hand brochure [PDF, 315KB] provides information about the program and includes an application. You can learn more on the Lend a Hand website CLICK HERE.

 

SITTING PRETTY IN RETIREMENT

April is Financial Literacy Month. In observation, AKA-DBO will host a Retirement Planning Workshop featuring Partner & Wealth Advisor, Tonette Echols, CFP®. See the flyer here.
To register for this event and obtain login information, please send an email to: economiclegacy@dbo-aka.org

 

HOW CAN I BECOME A FOSTER PARENT?

CLICK FOR FOSTER PARENT/ ADOPTION CHECKLIST

CLICK FOR MORE INFO

Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster or adoptive parent. The willingness of people like you to help Arizona's children is part of what makes our State great! The first step is to view the five-part orientation video series. If you have not yet viewed all five videos, or if you want to watch the videos again, you can find them here. Your next step in the process is to select the licensing agency with whom you wish to work. Remember, you need to select an agency based on the county where you live. You can use this Matrix to find agencies in your county. DCS encourages prospective foster and adoptive parents to interview several licensing agencies before making a final decision. It's important to find an agency with whom you are comfortable because they will be asking you deeply personal questions and will frequently be in your home. As a reminder, here's the link to our tips for selecting an agency.

We know this is a big decision. At any time throughout the process, you can email us with questions at FosterAdoption@azdcs.gov or call us at 1-877 KIDS-NEEDU (1-877-543-7633). We're happy to talk with you during business hours, or you can leave us a message and we'll call you back. See the checklist attached. Best, Statewide Recruitment Specialist Department of Child Safety P.O. Box 6030-CH010-22A Phoenix, AZ 85005-6030 Phone 602-255-2640/877KidsneedU Lynn.Griffin@azdcs.gov AZDCS Website| Twitter| to report child abuse or neglect: 1-888-SOS-CHILD

Adoption and Foster care RESOURCES FOR GRANDPARENTS

Are you a grandparent and/or great grandparent who is raising your grandchildren through a placement through the Department of Child Safety and you are not currently a licensed foster parent? If so, the state may have a $75 monthly stipend per child. To qualify, a grandparent or great-grandparent must have an income below 200% of the federal poverty level. In addition, they must not be receiving foster care payments for the grandchildren in their care. You can be receiving TANF cash assistance. Grandparents who might qualify should fill out the form with the links below and submit it to their DCS caseworker.
Any additional questions please contact Family Services at familyservices@pilgrimrestphx.org or 602-258-0831.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD GRANDPARENT STIPEND LETTER (ENGLISH)

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD GRANDPARENT STIPEND LETTER (SPANISH)

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD FORM CSO 1266A - DEPT. OF CHILD SAFETY

CITY OF PHOENIX SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

The City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department offers two programs designed to help small businesses!!

Management Technical Assistance
In 1994, the Phoenix City Council established the Small Business Assistance Program to help small business owners address challenges and provide a one stop shop of technical and financial assistance.  For more information, CLICK HERE

The city's Expansion Assistance And Development Program (EXPAND) helps Phoenix businesses obtain loans from eligible local financial institutions. Here's how it works: EXPAND provides additional collateral for up to 25 percent of the loan, capped at $150,000. Business owners must create one job for every $35,000 of collateral provided by EXPAND and owners or principles provide a personal guarantee and at least 10 percent of the total project costs as equity. With EXPAND, the successful applicant/ borrower is able to receive a loan and the lender is in a more secure collateral position.  For more information, CLICK HERE

 

 

FROM THE PHOENIX AVIATION PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM

Keep the Phoenix Aviation Public Relations team in mind if you would like to bring your students and staff for an airport tour or have us speak to your students at school about Aviation Careers. Contact me or view the following web link for further details.

https://www.skyharbor.com/about/administration/CommunityInvolvmentandPrograms/AirportSpeakers

We have enjoyed showing off your airport and discussing aviation careers to you, your staff, and students over the last few years. Best wishes for a prosperous new school year!


Take Care,

Greg Montes
City of Phoenix Aviation Department
Public Relations Division
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
2485 E. Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85034
O - 602.273.4087
email: greg.montes@phoenix.gov

 

Youth Homelessness Resources

CORE Transitional Living, which focuses on providing resources and housing to young adults 18 to 24 years of age, as they move towards self-sufficiency. One of the goals of this organization is to offer outreach beyond housing by providing case management, mentorship, life skills training, employment opportunities, and fun weekly activities to keep these young adults engaged. CORE Transitional Living will be launching CORE Connect every Tuesday morning at 10:30 AM, Please spread the word to those who are needing to connect with a community of support. Lunch will be served. CLICK FOR FLYER

 

HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT (CHILDREN & YOUTH) | MARICOPA COUNTY

Our mission is to provide and coordinate essential support and social services to vulnerable populations
to enhance economic, educational, and social opportunities and strengthen communities.

CLICK HERE OR CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE INFO

 

OPEN DOORS COUNSELING, COACHING AND CONSULTING
Open Doors has been offering free counseling resources and promotions via our blog, Facebook page, and website. To learn more, click on the links below...
Open Doors Website  -Check out our free E-book Opening Doors to a Better Life: 10 Simple Tips and Worksheets to Help You Start Your Journey.

 

 

Drug Rehab Connections

DrugRehabConnections.com
Drug Rehab Connections was founded by a group of individuals who know both sides of addiction. We know it from our personal lives as well as engaging and working with rehab and treatment centers.
occupational trainings.
We are not a Treatment Center. We are a starting point to finding individuals and families help that are battling addiction. We are not afraid to call addiction what it is, a disease. We believe that we can’t help those who need help unless we are ready to call addiction what it

 

 

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Looking for Employment? If you are looking for employment opportunities please email familyservices@pilgrimrestphx.org to be added to our distribution list. Several emails are sent out during the week about job opportunities, career fairs, and
occupational trainings. CLICK TO SEE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

THE ARIZONA COALITION FOR MILITARY FAMILIES IS HIRING.

ACMF and the Be Connected program are hiring! Please see this link for a Communications Team Lead position, a support line position and navigator positions that will be posting soon. Please share. Thank you!

https://arizonacoalition.org/jobs/"

ACYR WORKSHOP TEAM WORKSHOPS

oday’s employers require and expect all staff to have exceptional Customer Service Skills. The ACYR Workshop Team will provide proven tools and techniques that are used by small and large companies to gain and maintain a solid customer base.

Join the ACYR Workshop Team in our Customer Service 101 Part 1 and Part 2 Workshops:

https://www.eventbrite.com/x/customer-service-101-part-1-workshop-tickets-106415080370 [eventbrite.com]
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/customer-service-101-part-2-workshop-tickets-106426273850 [eventbrite.com]

See the flyer here.

 

RESOURCES FOR RETURNING CITIZENS/ EX-FELONS

You can start again! Are you a returning citizen (also known as an ex-felons or ex-offender) in need of services upon your release from jail or prison? We must, as a community, collectively engage (businesses, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, law enforcement agencies, and the everyday stakeholder) in holistic evidence-based services to assist in the successful transitional process of re-entry. If you, a family member, or friend is in need of services please contact family services at familyservices@pilgrimrestphx.org.

 
 
 
 
 

ST. MARY'S FOOD BANK - COVID RELIEF HOME DELIVERY SIGN-UP

The St. Mary's Food Bank Homebound Delivery program helps deliver food to individuals and families who are unable to travel to a local food bank. This COVID Relief program is offered thanks to the support of City of Phoenix and other donors. If you or someone you know are interested in receiving a home delivery from St. Mary's Food Bank, please complete the form below. Currently, this program is for people residing in Maricopa County only. There is no age requirement to participate in the program. For any questions please contact (602) 242-3663.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=h7qECWZDtU6sbvr1OPMDPC8SONlFM3JEhcSv_2AwpupURUhDUTdDSkpVQVVIUjFEQjZXQUJaSkUwQy4u

 

KIDS CAFE

Kids and teens (ages 0-18) can pick up a Free healthy breakfast and lunch!
Parents can pick up meals on behalf of their children, with appropriate documentation

8:00 - 1:00 am Monday - Friday
5:00 - 7:00 pm Tuesday - Thursday
8:00 am - noon on Saturday

See flyer for more info

 

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)

Apply for SNAP at Pilgrim Rest. Did you know you can apply for food assistance at Pilgrim Rest? Yes, we process
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications at the church! SNAP offers nutrition assistance to eligible,
low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. Pilgrim as a faith-based organization
ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access
benefits. You can set up an appointment or if you additional questions please contact Family Services at
familyservices@pilgrimrestphx.org or 602-258- 0831.

 

COMMODITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD PROGRAM (CSFP)

CLICK FOR MORE INFO

DOWNLOAD CSFP APPLICATION - ENGLISH | DOWNLOAD CSFP APPLICATION - SPANISH

 

ARIZONA ASSISTANCE AND AID PROGRAMS

 

ARIZONA 211- COMMUNITY INFO & REFERRAL SERVICES
 
Community Information and Referral Services serves as Arizona's key source of integrated information that brings people and services together to meet vital needs. It is our vision that all Arizonans are easily connected to available health and human services in their communities. We are the lead agency and provider of 2-1-1 services in Arizona.

CLICK TO SEE BROCHURE

 

COMMUNITY EXCHANGE EMAIL BROADCAST

Our Community Exchange is a web based system that enables anyone in Maricopa County to seek and share resources. Community Exchange team partners are able to: Send a message throughout our Exchange network requesting assistance in meeting an identified need. Donate physical items and resources to meet the needs of others. Share important announcements and list community events. It is not necessary to sign in to access the directory of community resources under the 'Resources' link. The Community Exchange fosters the belief that people helping people builds a stronger community.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

 

 

GRIEF GROUPS SPRING 2020

 

Banner Hospice offers the Grief Recovery Program, a step-by-step approach to healing from loss. It addresses death and divorce as well as other significant emotional losses. During each module, participants learn tools enabling them to regain a sense of meaning even though life is different after the loss.

This structured format, designed for adults, uses The Grief Recovery Handbook written by John James and Russell Friedman. You may bring your own copy or receive one at the meeting for $15. In each module, the first few meetings are open to new participants (see schedule), following which it becomes a closed group. Reserve your place in the group: call 480.657.1167.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE

 

 

 

Valle Del Sol Offers Uninsured Children/ Youth Mental Health Services!

"Lack of health insurance can be a major barrier to mental health care. A local organization wants to help uninsured kids can get the care they need in 2016."

For more info call: 602-523-9312

http://www.valledelsol.com

 

Note(s): For both children and adults
For other vaccination sites, contact the flu info hotline at (877) 764-2670

 

DO YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT LONG-TERM CARE?

Options Counseling is an interactive, person-centered process where individuals, family members and/or significant others with an interest and desire to plan for their long-term care needs can find assistance.

CLICK TO SEE FLYER

 

Notification of Possible Breach of Protected Health Information PHOENIX –

The Arizona Department of Health Services today issued a notice to approximately 2,500 individuals to let them know of a possible breach of protected health information. The potential breach relates to information collected in the department's Newborn Screening Program for billing purposes. ADHS does not have any indication the information has been accessed or used by an unauthorized individual, however, it will be important for those affected to be vigilant for fraud alerts. ADHS uses Midwest Medical Practice Management Inc., a third-party billing company located in Carbondale, IL, to conduct billing for newborn screening services. To do this, ADHS mails the billing company paperwork that contains the following protected health information for both mother and child: names, dates of birth; addresses; phone numbers; health insurance information; and possibly social security numbers. On April 20, 2017, two parcels of billing documents containing protected health information were shipped by ADHS via the U.S. Postal Service to the billing company with individual tracking numbers assigned by USPS. Only one of the two parcels was delivered to the billing company. The parcel that was not delivered to the billing company included billing documents containing protected health information on patients who have been through our Newborn Screening Program. According to the USPS Tracking site at usps.com, the parcel arrived at the USPS Facility in Phoenix, AZ 85043 on April 20, 2017, at 10:15 p.m. and as of April 22, 2017, at 5:15 a.m. had a status of "[i]n [t]ransit to [d]estination." As of the date of this notice, the parcel has not been located by USPS and is still listed as "[i]n [t]ransit to [d]estination" on usps.com. The USPS does not consider a parcel to be lost until 30 days have passed which was May 24, 2017. Because 30 days have passed since ADHS discovered the parcel had not been delivered to the billing company, ADHS is notifying affected individuals of the potential that their, and/or their child's, protected health information may be compromised. USPS has no records of the parcel being misdelivered or compromised in any way. In addition, there is no indication the parcel has left USPS' custody and the department is hopeful that it will be located as USPS continues to search for the item. As a result of this situation, ADHS is reviewing and evaluating its mailing process for NBS Program records. In addition, ADHS is continuing to work with USPS to determine the location of the parcel and identify what steps can be taken to prevent similar situations from occurring in the future. Affected individuals will be notified by mail. If you have questions on this notification, please contact ADHS by phone at 1-800-548-8381 or email WebPIO@azdhs.gov.

LOSS OF HEALTH INSURANCE – WHERE TO FIND HELP

Thousands of Arizonans are losing health insurance coverage or losing income and becoming AHCCCS, KidsCare, and SNAP eligible. No-cost help is available if consumers want to see if they are eligible for AHCCCS, KidsCare, SNAP, or coverage from HealthCare.gov.

  • If you need help: Contact Cover Arizona at 800.377.3536 or go to www.coveraz.org/connector to ask questions or to make an appointment. Bilingual Certified Application Assisters are available to help you over the phone, you may not need to meet in-person. We can help with Medicaid as well as the Health Insurance Marketplace and seeking a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).
  • All Federally Qualified Health Centers across Arizona can help also with enrollment and primary care. If someone is uninsured, they may qualify for a sliding-fee. Go to https://www.aachc.org/communityhealthcenters/map/ and enter your zip code to find your nearest Community Health Center and call them to arrange for help with applications.
  • If you want to do-it-yourself: For AHCCCS, KidsCare and SNAP go to www.healthearizonaplus.gov or 1-855-432-7587 (1-800-HEA-PLUS). For the Health Insurance Marketplace go to www.healthcare.gov or 800.318.2596

Additional Help

  • Need assistance with food, housing, employment, or other services? Check out the resources on www.211arizona.org or dial 2-1-1 to talk with someone about your situation
  • To apply for Unemployment Insurance: https://des.az.gov/services/employment/employment/-individual or 877.600.2722, Phoenix: 602.364.2722, Tucson 520.791.2722

Consider these facts

  • AHCCCS and KidsCare are open for enrollment year-round. Eligibility is based on income, not assets. Thousands of Arizonans are eligible but have not tried to enroll. If a family’s income has been reduced, they may now be eligible.
  • You can use the same application for AHCCCS and KidsCare when applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP - formerly Food Stamps), and cash assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
  • The Health Insurance Marketplace grants Special Enrollment Periods for people who have lost their insurance coverage and for several other reasons. If you recently lost employer-sponsored coverage, you may be eligible to enroll, and if you lose income you may qualify for financial assistance.

For More Information: Allen Gjersvig, Director Outreach, and Enrollment Services
Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers
480.223.3567 voice & text | alleng@aachc.org

RESOURCES IN SPANISH

¿Necesita seguro médico, estampillas de comida, o asistencia en efectivo?

See the flyer for more info

HEALTHCARE CAREERS FOR VETERANS: TURNING MILITARY EXPERIENCE INTO CIVILIAN SERVICE JOBS

Whether you have left your military career or are planning on leaving, you may be wondering what to do next in the civilian world. Read on to learn about why a career in healthcare may be perfect for veterans, even if you didn’t have a medical or healthcare-related assignment during service. According to Sarah Roberts, head of the Military and Veterans Programs for LinkedIn, “About 55 percent of vets in transition want to do something totally different than what they did in the military.”

Regardless of your level of experience and education from your service, healthcare careers can be a fantastic fit for veterans. Many transferable skills, such as the ability to give and receive orders, how to remain calm in stressful situations, and so forth are all desirable in civilian workplace settings—particularly in the healthcare industry.

To keep reading, Click Here

 

SENIOR DIRECTORY - CLICK FOR THIS WEB RESOURCE

 

THE BENEFITS CHECK-UP PROGRAM

BY THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING

Improving the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020.

Join the millions of people who have discovered over $18 BILLION in benefits!!!

CLICK FOR MORE INFO

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR GRANDPARENTS & SENIORS

CLICK FOR MORE INFO

 

RESOURCES FOR GRANDPARENTS

Are you a grandparent and/or great grandparent who is raising your grandchildren through a placement through the Department of Child Safety and you are not currently a licensed foster parent? If so, the state may have a $75 monthly stipend per child. To qualify, a grandparent or great-grandparent must have an income below 200% of the federal poverty level. In addition, they must not be receiving foster care payments for the grandchildren in their care. You can be receiving TANF cash assistance.  
Grandparents who might qualify should fill out the form with the links below and submit it to their DCS caseworker.
Any additional questions please contact Family Services at familyservices@pilgrimrestphx.org or 602-258-0831.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD GRANDPARENT STIPEND LETTER (ENGLISH)

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD GRANDPARENT STIPEND LETTER (SPANISH)

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD FORM CSO 1266A - DEPT. OF CHILD SAFETY

 

 

 

FAMILY INFORMATION

Need Help Reuniting with Your Child?

CLICK FOR MORE INFO

 

HOUSING INFORMATION

Assistance Animals and the Fair Housing Act

Assistance animals are not pets. They are animals that do work, perform tasks, assist, and/or provide therapeutic emotional support for individuals with disabilities.There are two types of assistance animals: (1) service animals, and (2) other animals that do work, perform tasks, provide assistance, and/or provide therapeutic emotional support for individuals with disabilities. ​
SEE MORE INFO HERE.

Fair Housing

Fair Housing is the right of everyone to have access to all housing opportunities without discrimination based on:

RACE
SEX
RELIGION
COLOR
DISABILITY
NATIONAL ORIGIN
FAMILIALSTATUS
GENDER IDENTITY
GENDER EXPRESSION

SEE MORE INFO HERE.

ARIZONA RENTERS HURT BY COVID-19 MUST FOLLOW THESE 4 STEPS BY AUG. 22 TO AVOID EVICTION

We know many Arizonans are dealing with great financial insecurity due to COVID and it's impacts (job loss, reduction of hours, caring for those ill, etc.). Therefore, I wanted to forward this article to our partners as it has the steps to avoid eviction laid out very simply. It would be a helpful resource to clients.

Arizona renters hurt by COVID-19 must follow these 4 steps by Aug. 22 to avoid eviction. This program is ONLY for City of Phoenix residents:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/economy/2020/07/23/4-steps-arizona-renters-must-take-by-aug-22-qualify-eviction-relief-covid-19/5479755002/

Below is the link for AZ Dept of Housing, which lists rent/mortgage assistance agencies throughout the state:

https://housing.az.gov/general-public/rental-assistance-resources-eviction-prevention

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

HEALING@HOME

Care Transitions for COVID-19 Patients

Help is now available for COVID-19 older adults and disabled adults in Maricopa County!

Through the new Healing@Home Care Transitions Program, the Area Agency on Aging is providing COVID-19 older adults (60 years and older) or disabled adults ( 18 years and older) with comprehensive care transitioning services. This Program is funded by the CARES ACT through the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and administered by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES), Division of Aging.

Healing@Home will focus, for a period of at least 30 days from (and up to 90 days based on need), on providing timely access to in-home social support services and psychosocial support services based on need. Examples of services provided include:

  • Home-delivered meals for 30 days
  • Weekly Telephone reassurance calls
  • Grocery shopping assistance
  • Prescription pick-up or delivery assistance
  • Arrangement of follow up visits with PCPs and specialists
  • Reinforcement of discharge plan instructions
  • Coordination with client’s health plan or insurer for health care benefits and services
  • access to other community social programs and services

Eligibility is limited to older adults aged 60 and older and adults aged 18-59 with disabilities who:

  • Tested positive for COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms OR
  • Were discharged with a COVID-19 diagnosis from a hospital or Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Are at risk of getting COVID due to having chronic conditions and prior exposure to another family member with COVID.

Referrals should be made within 14 business days of a COVID-positive test result, a COVID diagnosis or discharge from a hospital or skilled nursing due to COVID and/or exposure to someone with COVID.

The Area Agency on Aging invites community agencies, hospitals, SNFs, health plana and case managers to refer eligible patients to the Healing@Home Care Transitions Program for COVID-19 patients. COVID-affected clients may also self-refer.

To refer patients, call Healing@Home Program at our dedicated 24-hour referral line (602) 883- 3527. For additional program information, contact Christine Liberato, VP Program Development at (602) 280-1050 or via email at Christine.Liberato@aaaphx.org.

I am happy to provide a brief presentation to your staff if desired.  Thank you.

HOME REPAIRS IN PHOENIX





SRP INFORMATION

In July SRP announced it was extending pause of disconnections until October. As part of our latest customer support efforts, SRP will extend its disconnect moratorium for customers on its limited income program the Economy Price Plan (EPP) through end of 2020. Below are moratorium highlights for EPP and Non-EPP customers:

SRP will continue to work with customers and provide referrals for possible bill assistance.

Customers on our monthly discount EPP

  • $23 monthly discount for bill paying and M-Power/prepay/The Box customers
  • Moratorium extended through 2020
  • Late Payment Fee continues to be waived
  • Accumulated debt will remain on meter
    • Electricity used but not paid
  • Paydown percentage will remain at current rate
  • Customers who enroll in EPP after September will re-enter the moratorium

Non-EPP customers

Bill paying customers

  • If $80 or greater debt, then automatically placed on personalized payment arrangements for 8 months (October – May)
  • October bill will describe customers specific payment plan current bill plus 1/8 amount of debt
  • SRP will work with customer if adjustments are needed

M-Power, Prepay, or “The Box” Early October

  • Accumulated debt moved to paydown amount
    • Customer will receive communication advising them of accumulated amount and date it will be moved
  • Percentage of every future energy purchase will be applied to paydown so they can pay off debt over time
    • 35% $00.01 - $499.99
    • 50% $500.00 - $1,000.99
    • 70% $1,001.00 – greater
  • As the paydown decreases to the lower tier, percentage will automatically lower

Additional information:

  1. SRP will continue to auto enroll customers in monthly discount EPP when the customer receives LIHEAP funding source bill assistance
    1. Customer will re-enter the moratorium

Delivering water and power ®

Virtual Speaker Series

City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation and Human Services Departments are partnering to offer a FREE virtual speaker series.

Click here to see more details

APS EXTENDS HOLD ON DISCONNECTS FOR PAST DUE BILLS THROUGH 2020


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO RECEIVED UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION THIS YEAR?


As of April 2020, over 23 million Americans filed for unemployment, and one out of four Americans received unemployment this year. We would appreciate your support by sharing the attached flyer and news release located at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-unemployment-compensation-is-taxable-have-tax-withheld-now-and-avoid-a-tax-time-surprise with friends, family, and other affiliate organizations.

With your help, we can reach more people to make sure they are aware: unemployment income is taxable.

They can contact their state unemployment office to have taxes withheld from ongoing unemployment payments.

If they did not have taxes withheld from unemployment payments, there are options to pay taxes before the end of year they can use the withholding calculator https://apps.irs.gov/app/tax-withholding-estimator, and determine what they may owe.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Last fall Arizona Public Service (APS) submitted a rate case proposed to take effect December 1, 2020. The $184 million increase is expected to result in an average increase of 5.4 percent on residential customer's monthly bills.

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) will accept public comments regarding APS's proposal. We are asking you to participate in the public comment sessions either by telephone or by submitting written comments. Public comments start today (Monday) and continue again on Tuesday. We encourage you to call and speak whether for 10 seconds or 3 minutes. Read on for more information.

Each public comment session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m., or when the last caller has provided comment, whichever comes first. Please speak or listen in to let Commissioners know you are paying attention. This is your opportunity to speak directly to the five commissioners.

We really want as many APS ratepayers to speak as possible! You are not expected to be an expert; it is important for your concerns to be expressed.

Wildfire is asking that low-income customers be held harmless from this increase, that the discount provided to eligible customers increase and we support an increase in the amount of bill assistance to $2.5 million annually.

Your voice matters! The notice below provides more details about the sessions.

COVID-19 EMERGENCYRENT, MORTGAGE, AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE

TEMPE/FOUNTAIN HILLS: https://tempeaction.org/what-we-do/emergency-rent-and-utility-assistance.html

MARICOPA, NAVAJO, PINAL & YAVAPAI Counties: There are agencies providing rental assistance through Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) CARES Act funding. No assistance through this funding is available in Gila or Apache Counties. WHEAT is the administrative agency for EFSP in these counties, as well as the Arizona State Set-Aside.

  • EFSP is for 1 month’s base rent, only, no late fees or other fees included;
  • Can combine rental assistance for other fees with other funding sources;
  • Rental assistance for a different month, provided by another funding source, does NOT preclude the use of EFSP funds for rental assistance;
  • No income limitations or requirements;
  • Client may only use EFSP for rental assistance one-time per phase;
  • Agencies delivering this service may have other requirements of the Landlords, such as a W-9 to be provided;
  • Spending period is through May 31, 2021 or until funds are spent.

See the flyer for more info

See the flyer for more info

YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BE COMPENSATED FOR COSTS UP TO $1000!

If you are a caregiver supporting a member of your family, and you have expenses for an array of housing improvements and assistive technologies, from ramps and grab bars to hearing aids and computer programs…you may be able to be compensated for costs up to $1000.

At the start of 2020, the State of Arizona launched the Family Caregiver Reimbursement Plan.  

You will find more information below and a link to the site that outlines eligibility requirements for this program.

https://azcaregiver.org/arizona-family-caregiver-reimbursement-program/

http://azcaregiver.org/wp-content/uploads/FCRP-Flyer_Final.pdf

MAYO CLINIC SURVEY - MASKS FOR CORONAVIRUS: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?

Mayo Clinic is conducting a survey to see how you feel about wearing a mask for Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention. Based on what we find out, we will try to help meet the needs for information and masks.

We are seeking volunteers ages 18 years or older who live in Maricopa County.

Would you be willing to take our survey?

  • To take the survey in English, click here.
  • To take the survey in Spanish, click here.
  • To take the survey in Somali, click here

Click here to see the flyer

IRS REOPENS REGISTRATION FOR ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENT

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reopened the registration period for claiming an Economic Impact Payment. Individuals who receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement, or certain Veterans benefits – but didn’t receive the $500 payment per child earlier this year – can still file for the $500 payment.

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MARICOPA COUNTY FUNERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW) is administering funds from the CARES ACT to help families with burial or cremation of a loved one.

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HEALTHCARE CAREERS FOR VETERANS: TURNING MILITARY EXPERIENCE INTO CIVILIAN SERVICE JOBS

https://www.premiernursingacademy.org/resources/veterans-in-healthcare

VITA - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

TheVITA program prepares free tax returns for low or limited income individuals and families.

Volunteers receive FREE training in how to prepare a basic tax return.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities within theVITA program: tax preparers, greeters, site coordinators, instructors and interpreters.

The tax preparation sites are located throughout the city of Phoenix with various dates and times of operation.

Becoming aVITA volunteer provides satisfaction of helping others.

To volunteer, contact us at vita.taxprep@phoenix.gov or call 602-262-6666.

For more information about the program, please visit our website at phoenix.gov/EITC.

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DES EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ERAP)

This program can only assist clients living in the following counties:
Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, LaPaz, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Yavapai

The portal to apply will be open on 2/23 - https://des.az.gov/erap. For households unable to apply on-line, they are asked to call the hotline number. This number will be available on the website 2/23.

Wildfire will share information on assistance for Maricopa, Pima and Yuma counties when it is available. Agencies providing utility assistance can always be found on Wildfire's website: https://wildfireaz.org/find-help/energy-assistance/

FREE Rides for Seniors to COVID Vaccination Appointments
​​The Valley of the Sun YMCA in Phx is providing free rides to those 65+ to their COVID vaccination appointments in Maricopa County. Seniors can call YMCA's Outreach Programs for Ahwatukee Seniors at 602-212-6088 or email opas@vosymca.org to schedule a ride.

FROM THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATION COMMISSION - EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT & COVID SCAM WEBINAR

The FCC is seeking outreach partners to help drive awareness of the new Emergency Broadband Benefit - which provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for those on Tribal lands during the pandemic. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute between $10 and $50 toward the purchase price.

As part of the effort to inform consumers about the upcoming Emergency Broadband Benefit, the FCC has established a new website where agencies can sign up to help promote the program. The website will also be a resource for consumers and stakeholders to get the latest information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit as the program develops.

COVID Scams & Older Adults Webinar - 2/23 @11am - The webinar will provide tips to avoid vaccine-related scams and information on resources available to older adults. It will be streamed live at www.fcc.gov/live. Registration is not required for this event. Questions can be emailed in advance or during the event to outreach@fcc.gov. Visit the event page for additional information about the event, including the agenda.

AZC4C COVID RELIEF FUND APPLICATION

The Arizona Coalition for Change COVID Relief Fund was created to provide assistance and needs in the areas of: food, education, utilities, and rental assistance, for families of underserved/under-represented Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, & Indigenous/Native American communities in Maricopa or Pima County Arizona. Those who are financially affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, may fill and submit this form to apply for assistance.

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TAX DAY FOR INDIVIDUALS EXTENDED TO MAY 17: TREASURY, IRS EXTEND FILING AND PAYMENT DEADLINE

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. The IRS will be providing formal guidance in the coming days.

“This continues to be a tough time for many people, and the IRS wants to continue to do everything possible to help taxpayers navigate the unusual circumstances related to the pandemic, while also working on important tax administration responsibilities,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Even with the new deadline, we urge taxpayers to consider filing as soon as possible, especially those who are owed refunds. Filing electronically with direct deposit is the quickest way to get refunds, and it can help some taxpayers more quickly receive any remaining stimulus payments they may be entitled to.”

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COVID-19 FUNERAL ASSISTANCE

The FEMA Funeral Reimbursement Program will launch in a week or two. Please share: FEMA is reimbursing up to $7,000.00 for COVID-19 funerals COVID-19 Funeral Assistance FEMA.gov https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance

TAX FILING DATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 17TH FOR BOTH THE FEDERAL AND THE STATE OF ARIZONA.

Tax filing date has been extended to May 17th for both the Federal and the State of Arizona. Appointments are still available at some VITA sites including the City of Phoenix. To learn more go to the IRS VITA locator at https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/ you can also use our Do it Yourself software and complete your taxes from you home. Visit our website at www.phoenix.gov/eitc to learn more.

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FSL SAFE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU: MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING

We offer 26 affordable apartment communities around the state of Arizona, providing a safe, affordable home for seniors, adults with disabilities, and families with low income.
To see current affordable housing opportunities, click here. Our property prospect lists for current options posted are open, and we encourage all interested prospects to inquire at the property of interest and apply!
To see what else FSL can offer you, visit our website! (Link would lead to our website.)

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THE AREA AGENCY ON AGING IS OFFERING RIDES TO COVID-19 VACCINE & OTHER MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS

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THE EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE (ERA) PROGRAM CASE WORKER (TEMPORARY POSITION-GRANT RELATED POSITION WITH 12- TO 15 MONTH CONTRACT TERM

Job Summary:

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program was established by Congress in December 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This program will assist individuals who are behind or in danger of falling behind on rent and/or utility payments. The program will run through December 31, 2021 and help with costs incurred from March 13, 2020 through December 31, 2021. An application for rental assistance may be submitted by either an eligible household or by a landlord on behalf of that eligible household.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

An “eligible household” is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19.
Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median.
Household income is determined as either the household’s total income for calendar year 2020 or the household’s monthly income at the time of application.

Essential Functions:

Function as the lead for the ERA grant assistance program.
Utilize Wildfire’s Prefix and GMS database systems. If needed, training will be provided.
Receive applications via the Prefix database system, then screen for qualifications.
Send the financial information to the Administrator for payment (s).
Manage each applicant’s file for continual financial support via a re-certification process.

The Program Case Worker will need to pass a background check. Candidate must have strong scheduling, attention to detail, outreach, and interviewing skills. Candidate works well as part of a team whereby ensuring successful program delivery.
The candidate must have reliable transportation, in-home office internet access, be trustworthy, well organized and manage their time wisely. New staff will clock in and out on Namely time clock system and provide weekly activity to the Administrator for review on the GMS system.
Staff in this position shall present with strong computer skills and interest in learning new systems. This staff will be introduced and trained on a variety of computer programs and support.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services/Human Services
Associate Degree in Human Services
HS/GED with 3 years’ experience in human services and experience in working with Microsoft Word Profession and related databases
Strong in Customer Service Support
Highly organized and puts attention to detail.

Desirable Skill:

Bilingual (ability to read and write in Spanish).

Physical Demands:

Must be able to read, write, and communicate. While performing the responsibilities of this job, the employee is required to bend, lift, seize, hold, grasp, turn, or otherwise work with hand or hands. Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.

Work Environment:

This job requires the ability to:
Build a culture of safety to insure everyone feels comfortable in working together.
Lead with vulnerability to cultivate trust and show no one is perfect.
Establish purpose through a common goal and create a clear path to get there.
If you are interested in applying for Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Grant Coordinator , please send your resume to familyservices@pilgrimrestphx.org

EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT (EBB) PROGRAM

The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, DES Services, and so much more.

The DES Office of Community Engagement would like to share with you information about this program. The EBB program opens on May 12, 2021 for eligible individuals and households to enroll. Below is additional information and the link to the Toolkit.

To help bridge the digital divide, a coalition of Arizona government, education and nonprofit organizations is requesting your assistance to implement a statewide initiative to get eligible low-income households registered for the EBB Emergency Broadband Program and their Lifeline Program. As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the EBB program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting https://getemergencybroadband.org.

An EBB Program toolkit [connect-arizona.com] was developed to share with your networks, school districts, education leaders, nonprofits, community organizations and others. The toolkit is housed on the Connect Arizona website, which also provides resources and guidance for individuals needing virtual learning opportunities for students, access to free WIFI hotspots and digital tech support.

Again, we hope we can count on you to share the EBB program toolkit with your networks, school districts, education leaders, nonprofits, community organizations and others serving Arizona citizens.

For more info see the flyer in English or Spanish

D-BACKS FOR CHANGE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have officially launched the D-backs for Change Mentorship Program. Please share the information below with your college (Junior/Senior) and post-graduate students, affinity groups, community contacts and network.

The D-backs for Change Mentorship Program will match diverse college and post-graduate students with a D-backs Team Player for one full year to assist with mentorship and career development. This program will support the organization’s efforts in diversifying job candidate pools and preparing students for internships and employment opportunities in the sports and entertainment industry.

D-backs for Change continues to seek opportunities to improve the lives of those who have been and continue to be disadvantaged as a result of systemic social injustice, including racism, sexism, homophobia, and discrimination of all kinds. Learn more at D-backs for Change at dbacks.com/change./p>

Mentee Applications are open through May 31, 2021 at 11:59PM MST and the program start date is August 16, 2021.

HERE OR VISIT DBACKS.COM/MENTORSHIP TO VIEW ELIGIBILITY AND FOR MENTEE APPLICATIONS!

DONATIONS

Clothing Donations Start July 1st


For more information please visit our website at Phoenix.DressforSuccess.org or call us at (602) 489-7397 or email our Boutique Manager Pat@dressforsuccessphoenix.org.
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