PILGRIM REST FAMILY SERVICES
Director: Rhoshawndra Carnes
HOW CAN I BECOME A FOSTER PARENT?
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.
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
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.
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!
City of Phoenix Aviation Department
Public Relations Division
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
2485 E. Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85034
O - 602.273.4087
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
Our mission is to provide and coordinate essential support and social services to vulnerable populations
OPEN DOORS COUNSELING, COACHING AND CONSULTING
Drug Rehab Connections
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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:
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.
COULD YOU USE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR LIFE’S CHALLENGES?
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is financial assistance available to those who are/were in Arizona’s Foster Care system between the ages of 14 to 26. Areas of assistance vary from housing, food, transportation, clothing, etc. so it is strongly recommended to apply. If the community you serve fits this population, please consider posting the attached flyer to bring awareness to the financial assistance available to them.
To learn more click here
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.
Kids and teens (ages 0-18) can pick up a Free healthy breakfast and lunch!
8:00 - 1:00 am Monday - Friday
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
COMMODITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD PROGRAM (CSFP)
ARIZONA 211- COMMUNITY INFO & REFERRAL SERVICES
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.
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.
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
Note(s): For both children and adults
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.
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.
Consider these facts
For More Information: Allen Gjersvig, Director Outreach, and Enrollment Services
RESOURCES IN SPANISH
¿Necesita seguro médico, estampillas de comida, o asistencia en efectivo?
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.
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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!!!
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR GRANDPARENTS & SENIORS
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.
Need Help Reuniting with Your Child?
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.
Fair Housing is the right of everyone to have access to all housing opportunities without discrimination based on:
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:
Below is the link for AZ Dept of Housing, which lists rent/mortgage assistance agencies throughout the state:
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:
Eligibility is limited to older adults aged 60 and older and adults aged 18-59 with disabilities who:
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
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
Bill paying customers
M-Power, Prepay, or “The Box” Early October
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.
APS EXTENDS HOLD ON DISCONNECTS FOR PAST DUE BILLS THROUGH 2020
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Click here to read more
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.
Click here to read more
HEALTHCARE CAREERS FOR VETERANS: TURNING MILITARY EXPERIENCE INTO CIVILIAN SERVICE JOBS
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 email@example.com 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:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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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
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.
An “eligible household” is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
Function as the lead for the ERA grant assistance program.
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.
Qualifications and Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services/Human Services
Bilingual (ability to read and write in Spanish).
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.
This job requires the ability to:
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.
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.
CLICK HERE OR VISIT DBACKS.COM/MENTORSHIP TO VIEW ELIGIBILITY AND FOR MENTEE APPLICATIONS!
Set Your Goals High in 2021
Adult Basic Education
GED - prepares students to take the GED examination to earn their High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma. Integrated instruction is offered in five areas: Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Civics and Mathematical Reasoning.
English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) - Basic to high intermediate levels in English language instruction for students 16 and older. Four components of English learning (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are integrated with job readiness skills.
Integrated Learning - This fast paced and demanding program gives students the opportunity to earn both their GED and community college credential. Work on your GED while also taking community college courses. Students are then able to enter the workforce in a career that pays a living wage.
For more information visit friendlyhouse.org/adult-education or call 602-416-7241
3rd Economic Impact Payment
The IRS is currently issuing a 3rd EIP to every eligible American. EIPs, also known as stimulus payments, are different from most other tax benefits; people can get the payments even if they have little or no income and even if they do not usually file a tax return. This is true as long as they have a Social Security number and are not being supported by someone else who can claim them as a dependent.
Please help us reach individuals who do not normally file a tax return because they do not have enough income requiring them to file. We are especially trying to reach people experiencing homelessness and those who are unbanked. They will need to provide information to the IRS to get this 3rd payment. While these payments continue to be made automatically to most people, the IRS cannot issue a payment to eligible Americans when information about them is not available in the tax agency’s systems.
People who did not receive the first two EIP payments can still qualify for those payments when they file their 2020 return by claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit. There is a special section on IRS.gov that can help: Claiming the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit if you are not required to file a tax return.
More people qualify for the 3rd EIP than earlier payments. Here’s what is different:
Payment amounts. Most families will get $1,400 per person, including all eligible dependents claimed on their tax return.
Qualifying dependents. Not restricted to children under 17. Eligible individuals will get a payment based on all their qualifying dependents claimed on their return.
Taxpayers who file using an ITIN may be eligible to receive a third payment for their qualifying dependent. Up to $1,400 per qualified dependent who has a valid SSN can be received if the taxpayer does not have a valid SSN but meets all the other eligibility and income requirements.
Getting the payment
The IRS will use available information to determine eligibility and issue the 3rd payment to eligible people who:
Filed a 2020 tax return
NOTE: If none of the above applies, the individual will need to file a 2020 federal tax return.
The former IRS non-filer tool is no longer available. Individuals who do not normally file a return will need to file a 2020 tax return to receive this 3rd EIP.
The Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit
For people experiencing homelessness who have a job, filing a return often carries a bonus —getting a refund based on various tax benefits, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low- and moderate-income workers and working families.
The EITC is for workers who do not earn a high income. Like many other workers, some workers experiencing homelessness earned too little income during 2020 to owe tax but still qualify for the credit. For 2020, the income limit is $56,844. Those who make less than this amount must also meet other eligibility requirements.
Because it is a refundable credit, those who qualify and claim the credit could pay less federal tax, pay no tax, or even get a tax refund. The EITC can put up to $6,660 into a worker’s pocket. The amount varies depending upon the worker’s income, marital status, and other factors.
The IRS recognizes that eligible workers experiencing homelessness often encounter unique challenges not faced by other people.
To find out if they’re eligible, people can use the EITC Assistant on IRS.gov.
Taxpayers with children may also be eligible for the Child Tax Credit. Some people will be able to get advance payments of the child tax credit later this year. Those who qualify for advance payments just need to file a 2020 tax return.
Help spread the word
Employers can help by making their employees aware of the 3rd EIP, 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit, EITC and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and encouraging them to file for these benefits based on tax year 2020 rules. In addition, the American Rescue Plan, enacted in March 2021, expands EITC and the CTC benefits for the 2021 tax year. Some people will be able to get advance payments of the CTC later this year. There is nothing those who qualify need to do at this point other than file a 2020 tax return based on current law.
Challenges and Resources for the Homeless
Some individuals may not have internet capability, a bank account, or a permanent address and may need assistance claiming their EIP payment.
Permanent address not required
People can claim an Economic Impact Payment or other credits even if they don’t have a permanent address. For example, someone experiencing homelessness may list the address of a friend, relative or trusted service provider, such as a shelter, drop-in day center or transitional housing program, on the return filed with the IRS. If they are unable to choose direct deposit, a check for the tax refund and a check or debit card for the 3rd EIP can then be mailed to this address. Also, free post office boxes may be available by applying to the local post office. The postal service also has “General Delivery” mail service for people without a permanent address.
Homeless shelter counts as a home
A worker experiencing homelessness can get EITC. To get the credit, federal law requires that a worker live in the U.S. for more than half of the year and meet other requirements. This means living in a home in any of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Therefore, individuals experiencing homelessness, including those who reside at one or more homeless shelters, can meet that requirement.
Options for people without a bank account for direct deposit
Many financial institutions will help a person lacking an account to open a low-cost or no-cost bank account. Individuals who open accounts will then have an account and routing number available when they file and claim a direct deposit of the EIP payment.
Please visit the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) website for details, in both English and Spanish, on opening an account online. Among other things, people can also use the FDIC’s BankFind tool to locate a nearby FDIC-insured bank. In addition, BankOn, American Bankers Association, Independent Community Bankers of America, National Credit Union Administration have all compiled lists of banks and credit unions that can open an account online.
For veterans, see the Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP) for access to financial services at participating banks. For those with a prepaid debit card, they may be able to have their refund applied to the card. Many reloadable prepaid cards or mobile payment apps have account and routing numbers that can be provided to the IRS. Individuals would need to check with the financial institution to ensure the card can be used and to obtain the routing number and account number, which may be different from the card number.
File for free
The fastest and easiest way to get the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit and EITC or to get the third EIP payment is to file a return electronically using IRS Free File. People can use a smartphone or computer to visit IRS.gov and click the File Your Taxes for Free link.
Through the Free File system, anyone who qualifies for the EITC also qualifies to use brand-name software to prepare and electronically file their return for free. The IRS urges anyone experiencing homelessness who has access to a smartphone or computer to take advantage of this service.
Refund and payment status
People can check the status of their tax refund using Where’s My Refund? at IRS.gov or call 800-829-1954 for automated refund information. They can check the status of their third Economic Impact Payment using Get My Payment on IRS.gov. IRS phone assistors do not have more information than what is available in this online tool.
More information and partner materials
For more information on pandemic relief, see IRS.gov/coronavirus. Please follow IRS social media accounts for the latest information that the IRS shares and see the sample social media messages attached. The IRS has additional marketing materials and answers to frequently asked questions at IRS.gov/eippartners, including the following e-posters:
CHILD CARE FOR RETURNING WORKERS - APPLICATIONS DUE SEPTEMBER 6, 2021
Under Governor Doug Ducey's Arizona Back to Work plan, beginning June 1, 2021, the DES Child Care Administration will provide three months of child care assistance for parents and guardians with children who return to work after receiving unemployment benefits.
To be eligible for Child Care for Returning Workers assistance, an individual must:
Eligible individuals can apply for Child Care for Returning Workers assistance by visiting the DES Child Care Assistance website anytime between June 1, 2021 through September 6, 2021.
As part of the application process, the parent/guardian must select a DES approved child care provider by visiting Arizona Child Care Resource & Referral at www.azccrr.com or by calling 1-800-308-9000. When searching for DES approved child care providers, individuals can click on the provider name to ensure that DES is listed under the Fund Source.
HOUSING AUTHORITY OF MARICOPA COUNTY EMERGENCY HOUSING VOUCHERS (EHV) AVAILABILITY EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2021
The Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) is accepting direct referrals from the Maricopa Continuum of Care (CoC) for EHV eligible populations listed below. If an individual or family believes they may be eligible for EHV assistance they may contact the CoC at 602-229-5155 (Individuals) or 602-595-8700 (Families).
EHV Eligible Population
In order to be eligible for an EHV, an individual or family must meet one of four eligibility categories:
EHVs are limited to the eligible population listed above and are managed through a direct referral process from the Maricopa Continuum of Care. HAMC is not accepting EHV applications to place individuals or families on a referral list. The EHV program is separate from the Housing Choice Voucher program but does not prevent HCV applicants from being referred to the program.
If you have additional questions regarding the EHV program, please visit the EHV FAQs link at: https://maricopahousing.org/customer-portals/
For accommodations for persons with disabilities needing braille and large print please contact Barbara Grambs at 602-744-4533 or call the front desk at 602-744-4500; or TDD 602-744-4540 between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.
HOUSING AUTHORITY OF MARICOPA COUNTY EMERGENCY HOUSING VOUCHERS (EHV) - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
What is the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program? - The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program is a tenant-based voucher program operated similar to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
When is the waiting list going to open? - The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program does not use a Waiting list to admit families into its program. EHVs participants are admitted based on a direct referral process from the Maricopa Continuum of Care (CoC). If an individual or family believes they may be eligible for EHV assistance they may contact the CoC at 602-229-5155 (Individuals) or 602-595-8700 (Families).
Who is eligible for the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program? In order to be eligible for an EHV, an individual or family must meet one of four eligibility categories:
How long after being referred will I receive assistance? - Direct Referrals from the Maricopa Continuum of Care (CoC) are based upon a first come first served basis and are prioritized based upon eligible populations listed above.
Where do I apply for the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program? - If an individual or family believes they may be eligible for EHV assistance they may contact the Maricopa CoC at 602-229-5155 (Individuals) or 602-595-8700 (Families).
I am elderly, or disabled, or have limited English proficiency and require accommodation. For accommodations for persons with disabilities needing braille and/or large print please contact Barbara Grambs at 602-744-4533 or email Barbara at email@example.com; call the Front Desk at 602-744-4500; or TDD 602-744- 4540.
Can I apply online? -The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program is a referral-based program. If an individual or family believes they may be eligible for EHV assistance they may contact the CoC at 602-229-5155 (Individuals) or 602-595-8700 (Families).
What can I expect after being referred? - Referrals received from the Maricopa Continuum of Care (CoC) will be processed for eligibility by the Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) on a first come first served basis. Families will be contacted by HAMC to complete program required documentation and final program eligibility. Once program eligibility is confirmed participant must participate in a program orientation briefing.
Can I fill out a paper application? - The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program is a referral-based program. If an individual or family believes they may be eligible for EHV assistance they may contact the CoC at 602-229-5155 (Individuals) or 602-595-8700 (Families).
If I have a felony will that automatically make me ineligible? - What about any criminal activity? No, a felony does not automatically make you ineligible for HAMC housing programs. You may still be eligible for the program depending on type of conviction. Those who have ever been convicted
APS SAFETY NET PROGRAM
Your Safety Net partner is there for you.
Our Safety Net program gives you and a loved one peace of mind.
Do you know a family member or friend who could use a reminder to pay their energy bill?
Maybe they are out of town for an extended period, or they've fallen behind on payments.
Here’s how you can help.
Through our Safety Net program, your loved one can designate you as their Safety Net partner and you will receive a copy of their bill every month. That way, if needed, you can remind them when the bill is due. Safety Net partners are not responsible for paying the bill, but they can offer reminders to help prevent overdue bills.
Designate a friend or relative as your Safety Net partner and they will receive a copy of your monthly energy bill so they can remind you when your payment is due and be notified if your account becomes past-due.
They will not be financially responsible for paying your bill, they will just be there if you need a reminder.
Go here for the application
Also, When more than a “reminder” is needed. Learn about “Guest Roles.”
Reminders can offer peace of mind that the bill will be paid on time. But if your loved one also needs help managing their APS account, they can assign you as a “guest” to their account. The program offers three levels of access, so you and your loved one pick which level works best for you. “Guests” are not financially responsible for the account, but can help you keep an eye on it.
Learn more about “Guest Roles” today.
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