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Food Resources


Food, Assistance, & Other COVID-19 Resources

During this time of critical need, Phoenix Rescue Mission wants to help. Whether you need food or just more information about where to get help, this is the place to be.

Click here to read more.


Assistance for SNAP recipients

These are unprecedented times, and it's inspiring to see communities rising to the challenge. However, not everyone has the resources to "shelter in place" especially the millions of people in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Living paycheck to paycheck is hard when millions of businesses around the nation are closing down indefinitely, and hourly workers (including those dependent upon tips) are the hardest hit. In particular, families with kids whose primary meals happen at school are especially vulnerable when those schools shut down.

With this in mind, Expensify.org is going to temporarily redirect all of its charitable funds to Expensify.org/hunger. With its ability to reimburse volunteers directly in real-time, Expensify.org is uniquely positioned to help families in need immediately. Until today, this fund was focused on paying off kids' "lunch debts", but with schools closed around the nation, that isn't the top priority. Instead, we're devoting everything to a new program: matching SNAP grocery purchases up to $50 per family. It works like this:

1. Purchase food as normal with your SNAP card.
2. Download Expensify on iOS or Android, for free.
3. Join the Expensify.org/hunger policy.
4. SmartScan the receipt, which will tell us how much you paid and show that it was paid for with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.
5. Submit it to volunteer@expensify.org.
6. Set up your bank account to receive the funds.
7. So long as we have funds available, we will reimburse up to $50 per family (one time), the very next day.

To be clear, we can't commit to reimbursing every single person in need — we have no idea how many people will do this, and unfortunately, we don't have unlimited funds. We also don't know how long this crisis will last and how far our brand new charity's resources will stretch. But we're going to do what we can with the funds donated on behalf of Expensify Cardholders via the Karma Points feature, as well as by the extremely generous donors who have signed up for our Corporate and Personal Karma programs.

This is a truly global crisis, and it is only beginning. We all need to work together to weather the storm, and on behalf of Expensify.org's many generous members, we're eager to help. - David, President of Expensify.org

PS: While you may not personally be on SNAP, please forward this along to anyone based in the US (where the SNAP program operates) you know that may need food assistance — or to any other groups or organizations who might be able to spread the word that help is available. Helping our local communities is what Expensify.org is all about!


All of the Free Meals and Food Deals Available Nationwide

All of the Free Meals and Food Deals Available Nationwide

Pizza: All healthcare workers and hospital staff get a free pizza with a valid hospital ID or texting 200-03 #HERO for free delivery.
Boston Market: All online and app orders come with free delivery. Get a free cookie when you join Boston Market's Rotisserie Rewards program.
Burger King: Get two free kids meals with any purchase on the Burger King app. Orders $10 and up are eligible for free delivery, depending on location.
Del Taco: All orders are eligible for contact-free delivery on Grubhub, Postmates, and Doordash.
Jersey Mike's: Get free delivery on all orders placed through the app until further notice.
McDonald's: Select locations are giving free meals to kids. Call your local chain to get more information.
O'Charley's: For $5, get the Bacon Cheddar Burger, Classic Cheeseburger, or Hamburger with fries. All orders are eligible for free delivery.
Olive Garden: Get two meals for the price of one — $12.99 — with their "Buy One, Take One" promotion. Free, no-contact delivery is available on orders with a $40 minimum.
Smoothie King: Any kid 12 and under will receive a free, 12 oz. kid’s smoothie with the purchase of any 20 oz. smoothie using the Smoothie King Healthy Rewards App.
Taco Bell: Get free Grubhub delivery on all orders over $12.
TGI Friday's: Use code FREEKIDS to get a free kids entrée with online orders of $20 or more.
Wendy's: Get a free Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit with any breakfast purchase. All orders $10 are eligible for free delivery on Grubhub and Postmates.


Free Grab-and-Go Meals

Southwest Human Development is offering free grab-and-go meals starting March 23rd through the end of school closures for families with children.

Come receive breakfast and lunch all in one bag to-go!

Educare Arizona
1300 N. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008.
Monday-Friday from 9am-11am

See the flyer for more info


Food Security


Food pantry is open/la despensa de comida esta abierta

The food pantry will be open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9-11 AM. Please bring your ICM Blue Card or a photo ID to receive your groceries.

La despensa de alimentos estará abierta los lunes, martes, jueves y viernes de 9 a 11 de la mañana. Traiga su tarjeta azul ICM o una identificación con foto para recibir sus compras.

Address:
501 S. 9TH Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007

Please see website for updates: www.icmaz.org

See the flyer for more.

Here is a list of stores with special hours for seniors. #COVID-19 #StopTheSpread

HELP YOURSELF UPDATES + MENU

Help Yourself is moving to the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., for a drive-thru style food distribution EVERY Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

DRIVERS: You must empty out your trunks prior to arriving so we can safely and quickly load your food. Enter via N Centennial Way from University Drive or 1st Street.

Review the green lines on the map and please pay attention to volunteers directing traffic.

WALK-INS: If you are arriving by foot or bike, go to the walk-in area indicated in light blue on the map.

REMINDER: If you are feeling any cold or flu symptoms, especially cough, fever or shortness of breath, please stay home and seek treatment so you can get better.

Food assistance for Arizonans in need

Some food pantry services range from free food boxes to meals on-site for a nominal fee. Some serve anyone who walks in while others serve very specific groups.

Here is a list of some food banks in Maricopa County:

  • Agua Fria Food Bank
  • All Faith Community Services
  • Foothills Food Bank
  • Azcend Community
  • Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation
  • Chandler CARE Center
  • Harvest Compassion Center Phoenix/Mitchell Swaback Charities Inc.
  • Matthew's Crossing Food Bank
  • The Salvation Army Chandler Corps Salvation Army Glendale Corps The Salvation Army Mesa Citadel
  • St. Mary's Food Bank
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Extended Hands Food Bank
  • Open Arms Care Center
  • Hope for Hunger Food Bank - Glendale, AZ
  • Christian Assistance Network CAN
  • Desert Manna Food Pantry
  • House of Refuge, Inc.
  • New Hope Community Center
  • Paz de Cristo Community Center
  • Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank
  • Andre House of Arizona
  • Chicanos Por La Causa - CPLC
  • The Cultural Cup Food Bank Community Connection
  • Friendly House
  • ICM Food & Clothing Bank
  • Joshua Tree Feeding Program
  • Phoenix Rescue Mission
  • Tempe Community Action Agency
  • Tolleson Food Bank

Find a Food Bank Near You

During the Covid19/coronavirus situation hours and operations may differ from what is posted. Please call in advance to ensure availability of supplies and current procedures for picking up a food box. Parents and Caregivers may also text FOOD, or COMIDA to 877-877 to find the nearest sites.

http://www.azfoodbanks.org/index.php/foodbank/index/



Extra Food Resources

Food
Maricopa County School Food Distribution Sites (Map):
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?ll=33.48995076928456,-112.07310927036747&mid=1ZBB8Kk1HhDfupOKuqZhT2bIo-bpz-rL9&z=11

Home Delivered Meals Program: learn more at https://www.aaaphx.org/program-services/24-hour-senior-help-line or by calling the Area Agency on Aging Region One, Inc. 24-Hour Senior HELP LINE at 602-264-4357

St. Mary’s Foodbank: https://www.firstfoodbank.org/get-help

St. Mary’s Mobile food pantries list/calendar: https://www.firstfoodbank.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/March-MP.pdf

Heart of Isaac Community Center
Please call 602-442-0583 if you or any member of the Isaac community needs assistance. Office hours are M-F from 7:30 to 1:30.

Isaac School District
See meal routes
INFO:www.isaacschools.org/updates

Cartwright School District
www.csd83.org

Pendergast Elementary School District Update Page:
www.pesd92.org

Phoenix Union High School District
www.phoenixunion.org

Mt. Park Health Community Food Pantry:
Who: Open to Community
When: Every 2nd & 4th Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm or while supplies last
Where: Parking Lot at 303 East Baseline

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

Job Listings/Unemployment Resources

Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources

We're in this together! Looking for help? Check out these additional resources for Phoenix businesses, the workforce, and residents relating to the Coronavirus COVID-19 health emergency.

Click here to read more.

Now Hiring #C19AZ, a community-wide effort to help Arizonans impacted by COVID-19 get back to work, powered by Pipeline AZ.

We’re working with partners statewide to match incoming crisis job seekers with real-time immediate openings and offer free career coaching to all.

Visit the site to see the latest jobs, online career training and to sign up for virtual hiring fairs: https://covid19.pipelineaz.com

Honeywell announces from the White House it’s opening a facility in Phoenix

Honeywell just announced from the White House it’s opening a facility in Phoenix to make PPE. The company opened a similar plant in Rhode Island. Between the two they are making 20-million masks per month. The Phoenix facility is hiring 500 right now.

Employers with immediate hiring needs



Please click here to see a list of all the hiring needs.

Other Employment Resources

Unemployment
Apply for Unemployment Benefits:
https://des.az.gov/services/employment/unemployment-individual/apply-ui-benefits

Get the latest updates on unemployment information at www.azui.gov

If you have been denied unemployment benefits, please fill out this form [r20.rs6.net]to share your circumstances and concerns with our office. Cong. Ruben Gallego is communicating with the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) to clarify recent complications with Unemployment Insurance denials.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdc58ucoyDFUj5bi5-O04iT26N8QkWwa7QxBcanC-DcbGN8RA/viewform

Employment

AZRetailCareers.com www.AZRetailCareers.com
has been launched by the Center for the Future of Arizona- https://www.arizonafuture.org/ to support Arizona's retail sector w/ resources + tools for workers and employers. This comes at an important time for AZ and is part of a long-term effort to strengthen this important employment sector.
#azretailcareers

Financial Assistance Programs:
https://des.az.gov/services/coronavirus

For Job Seekers and Laid-Off Workers:
AZ Department of Economic Security Services Related to COVID-19
https://des.az.gov/services/coronavirus

Pipeline AZ
https://covid19.pipelineaz.com

Arizona@Work Arizona Employers with Immediate Openings
https://arizonaatwork.com/newsroom/all/arizona-employers-immediate-openings

Poder in Action is hiring a Community Services Navigator. Email jennie@poderinaction.org if interested.

Open Positions with several homeless service and housing agencies. Email Erik Cole for the list at erik.e.cole@asu.edu

ASU Career Resources
Offers interviewing, resume development, resume samples, career search strategies.
INFO: www.career.asu.edu/handouts
https://career.asu.edu/

Career Connectors
Connecting professionals in career transition with hiring companies and quality resources.
INFO: www.careerconnectors.org

Goodwill Resource
Offers career planning, interviewing, resume development.
INFO: www.mycareeradvisor.com

Watts Family YMCA Career Services:
The Valley of the Sun YMCA will continue to provide adult and youth career services through this uncertain time; providing one-on-one counseling for resume building and job search assistance. If you or someone you know is need of these services, please reach out to tspire@vosymca.org.

Mountain Park Health Center is currently hiring for a wide range of positions. If there is anyone interested in applying please apply with us online at: https://mountainparkhealth.org/about-us/join-our-team

Goodwill Career Services
www.MyCareerAdvisor.com
The primary website by Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona for no-cost employment services, including trainings, webinars, workshops, a current job bank, resume and cover letter builders, and community resource information.
Social/Emotional/Mental Health Supports

CPLC service programs go virtual: https://cplc.org/blog/viewpost.php?id=1061

Give Us "5" days; We'll Give you a Career!

Do you have what it takes to be a Gladiator?

What is the Gladiator training program?

The first step to entering the Reinforcing Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program.

See the flyer for more info

Symptom Check Follow-up Specialist in Phoenix for Maricopa County Public Health

$16 - $19.50/Hr.

Job Description:

  • Ensure the accurate and timely entry of relevant case and contact data associated with COVID-19 and other infectious diseases
  • Conduct check-ins with assigned contacts to monitor for symptoms.
  • Follow-up with symptomatic contacts
  • Provide guidance and education to symptomatic and asymptomatic contacts
  • Follow scripts, policies, and procedures provided when interacting with contacts or cases
  • Comply with training regarding the security and confidentiality of personal information

Benefits:

Medical, Prescription, Behavioral, Dental, Vision, FSA, HSA, STD, LTD, Life, PTO, Retirement, Tuition Reimbursement, Commute Options

To Apply:
1. Set up a Job seeker account on www.azjobconnection.gov
2. Send Resume to: Harvey.Smith@Maricopa.gov
3. Put "Symptom Check Follow-up Specialist" in subject line

See the flyer for more.

SUPPORT COORDINATOR/CASE MANAGER

The Department of Economic Security Division of Developmental Disabilities is seeking experienced and highly motivated individuals to join our team serving members with developmental disabilities (¡.e. autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability or epilepsy) ranging from mild to profound. The position assists members and their families to lead the healthiest, most self-sufficient, productive lives within their capabilities.

See the flyer for more.

Starting this Thursday, 5/14 NAAAHR AZ will be hosting a series of virtual round table discussions around COVID

Starting this Thursday, 5/14 NAAAHR AZ will be hosting a series of virtual round table discussions around COVID (giving you The Real Tea!) and how us as African American professionals are handling the pandemic and how the return to work will look in our new norm.

How can we show up as our authentic selfs? What impact and influence can we have in our workplace? How can we put ourselves and well being first?

All questions will be answered by our awesome panel of NAAAHR AZ board members! We can't wait to hear your opinions on each of the topics as well. If you can't make one of the meetings, no worries, we have two days lined up for each topic!

Join us on Zoom for each meeting.

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88150470634?pwd=WklxUThyRlh6ck1IM2w1MnkwMWJyQT09
Meeting ID: 881 5047 0634
Password: 340681

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

PUA provides up to 39 weeks of benefits to qualifying individuals who are otherwise able to work and available for work within the meaning of applicable state law, except that they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to COVID-19 related reasons, as defined in the CARES Act. Benefit payments under PUA are retroactive, for weeks of unemployment, partial employment, or inability to work due to COVID-19 reasons starting on or after January 27, 2020. The CARES Act specifies that PUA benefits cannot be paid for weeks of unemployment ending after December 31, 2020.

VIRTUAL CALL CENTER AGENT TRAINING

The Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity and Arizona@Work presented Newbridge Solutions' Virtual Call Center Agent Training program for those seeking virtual call center career positions. To summarize, Newbridge Solutions is offering online virtual call center training to those with transferable customer service, communications, and problem-solving skills. Wages at various employers upon graduation can range between $12 - $24. Students can be physically located anywhere in Arizona.

The attached brochure highlights Newbridge Workforce Solutions’ four-step process:

  1. Registration
  2. Training
  3. Employment
  4. Implementation process of work from home graduates

Please share the brochure and opportunity with clients and others within your communities.

Part-time Guard Openings

All Staff, We could use your help. Please consider sharing the link with your network or those you know would do a great job working as a guard for the Library Department. Thank you!

https://www.phoenix.gov/hr/current-jobs/

Help recover from unexpected job loss due to the pandemic

COVID-19 has impacted everyone’s lives differently. For some, it has led to extended periods of time spent at home; for others, it has meant longer shifts at work providing essential services to the community.

But for many in Maricopa County, COVID-19 has had a particularly difficult impact resulting in unemployment. In uncertain times like these, it may be tough to know where to turn for help, which is why I want to share some important resources.

If you are recovering from unexpected job loss due to the pandemic, you can file for Unemployment Insurance Benefits here. You will need to provide your social security number, mailing address, driver license or state-issued ID number, and employment history.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security put together a step-by-step guide to assist those who are applying, with special instructions for those impacted by COVID-19. Their website also includes information about the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, a temporary program created by the federal government to assist those who are otherwise not eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits.

The Maricopa County Elections Department is hiring a lot people to work at a 14 Day Vote Center.

Rate of pay is $12.50 per hour.

Unless otherwise specified, start date will be July 22, 2020. Hours of Operation are Monday – Saturday 9am to 7pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm. If you or someone you know is interested, please let me know their information- name, address, email address and telephone number, and I'll send to the recruiter. Person needs to be a registered voter. Please see below for further details.

  • Safety: All locations will implement heightened safety and cleaning measures designed in collaboration with the Maricopa County Health Department. As a condition of employment, Poll Workers need to wear gloves, a mask, and a face shield while voters are present. All of these items will be supplied by the Elections Department.
  • Training: Those hired as Inspectors, Marshals, Judges, and Voter Registration Clerks will be taking both a classroom training and online module(s). Classroom trainings are about two hours and have limited spaces available. Please make every attempt to attend your scheduled class.
  • You will be required to successfully complete online training as well. You will receive an e-mail with instructions for accessing the training. The e-mail will be from: TheHUB@maricopa.gov
  • If you do not receive the link, check your Spam or Junk folder to verify. If you haven’t received the link, please email Training for assistance at: training@risc.maricopa.gov

*Note that Per Arizona Statute 16-531 - Appointment of election boards; qualifications: The inspector, marshal and judges shall not have changed their political party affiliation or their no party preference affiliation since the last preceding general election. If a change has been made or will be made before the next General Election, the Poll Worker can only be hired in a Clerk position.

Other Resources

Data 360 Solutions

If you know anyone who needs help with food, housing, education, funding, investors, loans, grants, mental health support, and stress relief, please share the following resources...

Click here to read more.


TIPS for TENANTS Executive Order 2020-14 & 2020-49 on EVICTIONS

Motion to Compel English.

Tips for Tenants 1 English.

Tips for Tenants 2 English.

Payment Plan English.

The City of Phoenix REFUGEES/ASYLEES COVID CARES!

This program is designed to help households who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Please see flyer here for more information and a list of agencies providing the service.

Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources

We're in this together! Looking for help? Check out these additional resources for Phoenix businesses, the workforce, and residents relating to the Coronavirus COVID-19 health emergency.

Click here to read more.

How APS is helping during COVID-19

Together we are facing something most of us have never seen in our lifetimes. The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has us all seeking answers through this uncertainty. We know the pandemic will affect your personal and work life. APS is here to help.

If you are having difficulty paying your energy bill during this time, they will not shut off power for non-payment, and are waiving late fees as well. We thank them for their comfort and support during this time.

You can call them at (602) 371-7171 (Phoenix) or (800) 253-9405 (other areas), weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additional resources and programs are listed on their website at aps.com/support.

In addition, APS is setting up a Customer Support Fund that will be available starting Wednesday, March 18th.

Governor Ducey Announces Arizona Together Initiative,
Linking Arizonans To Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak

PHOENIX⁠ — Governor Doug Ducey today launched the Arizona Together initiative to support Arizonans during the COVID-19 outbreak, connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities. A website, ArizonaTogether.org, serves as the centralized location for Arizonans to find help or provide support.

“As we work to combat the spread of COVID-19, access to resources that can help support families and businesses in this time of need is critical,” said Governor Ducey. “We’re calling on Arizonans to be informed, get engaged, and support organizations doing important work to keep our communities safe and healthy. Arizona will get through this together.”

The AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund, established by Governor Ducey as part of the initiative, will provide financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Arizona. Initially, the fund will focus on the following immediate needs:

  • Funding of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline medical personnel.
  • Supporting non-profit organizations that help vulnerable Arizonans through food banks, homeless shelters, domestic violence facilities and other services.
  • Expanding technology access for low-income students to help them transition to online learning.

Michael J. Bidwill, Chairman and President of the Arizona Cardinals, has stepped forward to provide a generous founding contribution to the fund of $1 million.

“Like so many in our community, this unprecedented crisis has us asking what we can do to help and what might have the greatest impact,” said Cardinals Chairman and President Michael Bidwill. “We are grateful for the creation of this relief fund, are proud to support its critically important mission and hope that others throughout the community can join this effort in whatever way that they are able. As a team, we will continue to work on additional ways to make a difference and know that as a community we will get through this challenging time together.”

The Arizona Together initiative brings together the growing list of resources and information being offered by state agencies and community partners. Individuals who register to volunteer through the ArizonaTogether.org website will be connected with organizations across the state seeking community assistance.

“We continue to see a need for donations and volunteers to help Arizona beat this pandemic,” said Dr. Cara Christ, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “Our food banks, hospitals, youth centers, and nonprofits serving the community all need support. We’re calling on Arizonans to come together and help where they can, while continuing to follow safe practices and the guidance of public health.”

Please visit ArizonaTogether.org to learn more, donate and find volunteer opportunities.

Government

  • Centralized AZ UpdatesOffice of the Arizona Governor – Most current State of Arizona information. Governor Doug Ducey has launched the Arizona Together initiative to support Arizonans during the COVID-19 outbreak, connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities. The website, ArizonaTogether.org, serves as the centralized location for Arizonans to find help or provide.
  • Federal responses and updates:Federal Emergency Management Administration – FEMA is working with the Department of Health and Human Services and state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a whole of government response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public.
  • Hardship Support: AZ Department of Economic Security Services https://des.az.gov/services/coronavirus which outlines all services including the economic relief for those facing financial hardship because of COVID-19, increasing access to unemployment benefits. These resources are applied retroactively to hardships experienced after March 11, 2020.

Latest COVID-19 Update from Muncipalities located in AZ CD6

Family Support

  • Statewide Services: Arizona 211 is a vast and very useful site providing information on where to find help with housing and shelter, counseling, food clothing and help to pay the bills, and a number of other resources.

 

Small Business

 

Schools & Education

  • COVID-19 Guidance for Schools and Families. The latest from the Arizona Department of Education.
  • Gov. Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman have announced all schools in Arizona closed through April 10th. View the announcement.
  • Due to the recent school closings, many districts are providing FREE grab and go breakfast and lunch to kids 18 and younger. Get details about the school districts that are participating.

     

 

Free and low-cost internet plans

The essentiality of internet service has been highlighted by the current crisis, but for many people it is financially out of reach. Please see the following two lists of free and low-cost internet plans, updated daily:

It’s important service providers care for themselves

While in a time of crisis, many service providers focus on caring for their clients.  It’s also important service providers care for themselves.  Here are a few ideas:

Focused breathing – take long, slow deep breaths and pay homage to the sensations you are accustomed to ignoring
Body scan – pay attention to each body part one at a time from head to toe
Guided imagery – visualize yourself within a calming environment
Meditation, Yoga, or Tai Chi – physical movement helps the body as well as the mind
Take a short break with herbal tea, like ginger or chamomile
Try aroma therapy with essential oils like lavender
Write in a journal
Take a long walk
Call a friend
Play music that you love
Facetime with people who make you smile
Watch your favorite funny movie or tv show
Go for a bike ride
Play your favorite board game
Get good sleep

From the National Association of Social Workers (NASW; www.socialworkers.org) - As social workers, we understand the ongoing need to take care of ourselves and each other as we approach our work. This may include:

  • Making time for self-reflection.
  • Staying actively connected with colleagues and support systems.
  • Creating more opportunities for discussion and support among ourselves.
  • Finding ways to stay engaged in social action and social justice work
  • Avoiding overwork. Rest and relaxation are essential for mental and physical health.

Free Self-Care Activities

Below are just a few examples of free activities you can enjoy and that can bring some beauty and joy into your day as part of your self-care practice.

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Help from Support Your City during COVID pandemic

 

The Phoenix division of Support Your City (https://www.supportyourcity.org/home), a volunteer organization developed to help connect vulnerable populations (elderly, sick) to the resources that they need. We provide:

1) Essential item shopping and delivery (groceries, toiletries, etc)

2) Medication pick-up and delivery

3) Childcare for families in need at NO COST. 

Do you know of any members of your church who would benefit from these services? Additionally, are there any members of your church who would be willing to serve as volunteers? Feel free to pass my name and this email along.

Stay healthy,
Emily Manin
emanin@wustl.edu

3 month Forbearance of your monthly Mortgage payments

You can call your mortgage companies and request a 3 month Forbearance of your monthly Mortgage payments. A Forbearance program postpones your mortgage payments for a 3 month period so that you can reallocate those funds to help during this crisis. However most mortgages (the loan agreement itself) are consecutive documents and have fixed maturity dates, which means that the mortgage company won't be able to make the 3 months payments disappear nor will they be able to throw 3 months payments to the back of the loan. Which means that the 3 months you didn't pay will be due at the end of the Forbearance program.

It is possible for the mortgage company to place the 3 months payments back into the principal of the loan through a loan modifications which will bring the account current but may affect your current interest rate (up or down depending on market interest rates at the time).

It's likely that the mortgage company will also have a repayment plan available that will take the past due balance and divide it over a 1 to 12 month period. Please remember that every mortgage assistance program is as unique as the situation you're in and you should speak to your mortgage company directly to find out what is available to you.

Click here to see more

Untied for the valley - COVID-19 fund

During these unprecedented times, we are committed to supporting urgent and emerging needs of Valley families and individuals, and the nonprofits serving them through a new COVID-19 response fund. Click here to see more

Justa Center COVID-19 resource

"Justa Center, a day resource center for seniors experiencing homelessness, made the "difficult decision to stay open when we saw that virtually everywhere else was closing," Executive Director Wendy Johnson said.

As libraries, senior centers and many stores closed their doors, Justa Center is one of the only places left where seniors can get a reprieve from the streets during the day, she said."

Please help if you can by visiting: https://justacenter.org/covid-19-status/
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2020/03/27/coronavirus-pandemic-how-will-arizona-care-for-homeless-amid-covid-19/2907994001/

UMOM New Day Centers TOP NEEDS

  1. Face masks
  2. Disinfectant wipes
  3. Ziplock gallon bags
  4. Aluminum foil
  5. Paper towels
  6. Dish soap ‬
  7. Linens - twin & full
  8. Hygiene items
  9. Children's books & games

View Amazon wishlist: tinyurl.com/tx882wf

Link to their site for more info: https://umom.org

Playworks is providing additional free resources

In an effort to support children and families all over the country, Playworks is providing additional free resources that can be shared with the children and community you serve to promote continued physical activity and social-emotional learning at home.

Playworks game guide has a variety of games and activities families can do in their own home, with little to no equipment necessary. https://www.playworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Playworks-Play-At-Home-Playbook-3.19.20.pdf

Phoenix to Close Playgrounds and Other Park Amenities

Effective Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m., the City of Phoenix, AZ USA will temporarily close all playgrounds, fitness equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and sports complexes located within its public parks.

All city parks will remain open normal posted hours for residents to enjoy green space, walking paths, dog parks, skate parks, and tennis and pickleball courts, while practicing safe social or physical distancing.

Read the full article here: https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1102?sfns=mo#.XoLXSCgNUuc.facebook

Helpful videos

Below are some videos that can be helpful for patients to navigate our virtual care. The “About Bayless Virtual Care” provides education and a brief overview on virtual care at Bayless. The How To’s are very useful for converting existing patients on how to use the platform. Thank you to the entire EMR and Rev Cycle team for their help with these videos!

The videos will be released heavily on social media this week and on the website today at 10am. These videos can be used immediately for any outreach and/or education efforts. Please distribute to your teams, your family, friends, and of course place on your social media.

About Bayless Virtual Care


Virtual Care - How to Get Started - Mobile


Virtual Care - How to Get Started - Desktop


Governor Doug Ducey tenants to request postponement of Eviction Enforcement

As you may be aware, Governor Doug Ducey filed an Executive Order this week allowing for tenants to request postponement of Eviction Enforcement for 120 days due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This Order allows tenants to provide notice to their landlords about certain COVID-19 related circumstances which will delay the sheriff or constable from locking out the tenant after an eviction judgment. It does not delay the actual eviction hearing or judgment.

At Community Legal Services we are committed to providing support and guidance to the community with civil legal issues. Our Legal Teams have worked diligently preparing forms and tip sheets for those that desire to file for a postponement.

Attached to this email are Governor Ducey’s Executive Order, TIPS for Using Tenant COVID-19 Notice for Postponement of Eviction Enforcement, and the COVID-19 Form to request postponement. All of these documents have been provided in both English and Spanish.

Feel free to pass these on to partners, clients and staff. This information is on our website, social media, and by contacting our office at 602-258-3434, or emailing us at info@clsaz.org

Thank you and together we can continue to support our community through this challenging time.

Sarah Youngman
Development and Communications Associate
Community Legal Services
305 South 2nd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 258-3434 x2970
www.clsaz.org

Dress for Success Phoenix services are available via email and or telephone

Dear Dress for Success Phoenix Friends/Clients/Partners,

As new information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) develops we want to ensure we are consistent with the critical practices around social distancing and the various other measures the U.S. Government has outlined in order to decrease the spread of COVID-19.

Dress for Success Phoenix has suspend ALL in person services, however we are available via email and or telephone. I have listed the names and departments below.

We value the health, welfare and safety of our clients, volunteers, donors, staff and our community and will follow state and federal recommendations to minimize exposure.

As the future of this virus remains uncertain, our affiliate will continue to practice strict cleanliness procedure throughout our agency. We will update our website and social media outlets with any new information. We thank you for your continued support of our organization.

Career Center Services/SNAP Resources
Jackie Worden
Job Developer
jackie@dressforsuccessphoenix.org
602-489-7397 x 111

Mobile Unit Services
Veronica Lowe
Mobile Career Center Manager
veronica@dressforsuccessphoeni.org
602-899-6501

Teen Workforce Initiative
Natalie Arreola
TWI Career Specialist
natalie@dressforsuccessphoenix.org
602-899-6527

New Assistance Available To Support Arizona Small Businesses

Arizona small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 have limited time to benefit from important benefits passed along with the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, small businesses can apply for 100% federally guaranteed loans for an amount up to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll expenses for the prior year.

Funds provided in the form of loans will be fully forgiven if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent and/or utilities. Loan monies not eligible for forgiveness will carry a 1% interest rate.

Most small businesses are eligible today. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals may apply starting April 10. This program is first come, first served, meaning it’s critical that Arizona businesses prepare and apply now.

Businesses can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program through any existing U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lender or through any federally insured depository institutions, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Most applications are available on the websites of participating banks. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. Arizona businesses should contact their banks or credit unions to begin the application process now.

YOU ARE ELIGIBLE IF YOU ARE:

  • A small business with fewer than 500 employees;
  • A small business that otherwise meets the SBA’s size standard;
  • A 501(c)(3) with fewer than 500 employees;
  • An individual who operates as a sole proprietor;
  • An individual who operates as an independent contractor;
  • An individual who is self-employed who regularly carries on any trade or business;
  • A Tribal business concern that meets the SBA size standard;
  • Or a 501(c)(19) Veterans Organization that meets the SBA size standard.

In addition, some special rules may make you eligible:

  • If you are in the accommodation and food services sector (NAICS 72), the 500-employee rule is applied on a per physical location basis.
  • If you are operating as a franchise or receive financial assistance from an approved Small Business Investment Company the normal affiliation rules do not apply.

NOTE: The 500-employee threshold includes all employees: full-time, part-time, and any other status.

Answers to questions related to the Paycheck Protection Program can be found on the U.S. Small Business Administration website.

n addition, the Arizona Commerce Authority is hosting a series of webinars designed to provide guidance, tools and resources to Arizona’s businesses impacted by COVID-19. The second webinar in the series—“Workforce Continuity & Strategy”—will provide information on how to utilize the Paycheck Protection Program. It will be held Tuesday, April 7 from 2 P.M. to 3 P.M. and registration to participate is found HERE.

Last week, Governor Ducey announced a cooperative agreement with the state’s banks to protect small businesses and families from eviction and foreclosure. He also launched the Arizona Together initiative to support Arizonans during the COVID-19 outbreak, connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities. Visit ArizonaTogether.org to learn about ways to give back to the community.

Additional details about the Paycheck Protection Program and other COVID-19 financial resources can be found at azcommerce.com/covid-19/business-financial-support.

THE FORTITUDE NOW FOUNDATION RECEIVES A GRANTTO ASSIST STUDENTS DISPLACED BY COVID-19

PHOENIX, Arizona (4/6/2020)- The Fortitude Now Foundation received a grant from the Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund, a component of the Arizona Community Foundation. The Fortitude Now Foundation is looking for help identifying students needing transitional assistance.

Read the rest here.

Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order Providing Flexibility On Packaging And Labeling Rules For Local Restaurants



PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today issued an Executive Order allowing Arizona restaurants to repackage and sell grocery items they have on hand, including items not normally packaged and labeled for resale. Governor Ducey’s order comes in the wake of the Food and Drug Administration’s recent decision to provide temporary flexibility for nutrition labeling of packaged food.

“Even with dine-in and carry-out options still available to patrons, many Arizona restaurants are struggling due to COVID-19,” said Governor Ducey. “Today’s Executive Order provides flexibility for restaurant owners to safely sell prepared and bulk foods or supplies they have on hand and can’t use right now. We are proud to support Arizona restaurants with this reform.”

The Executive Order will be in effect until further notice. Under the order:

Restaurants currently licensed or permitted to serve prepared food may sell grocery items including, but not limited to, paper goods, cleaning supplies, prepared food in bulk, meat and vegetables whether or not those items are normally packaged for resale or are raw provided that certain provisions are followed.

This order does not permit a restaurant that does not hold a current license from the Arizona Department of Liquor Licensing and Control to sell alcoholic beverages.

View the Executive Order HERE.

Governor Ducey also provided assistance to restaurants and bars on March 31, 2020 by deferring the payment of all liquor licenses fees to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for 90 Days. More information on that action is available HERE.

Additionally, Governor Ducey yesterday signed an Executive Order halting evictions in the state for small businesses and nonprofits that are unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by COVID-19. View that Executive Order HERE.

COVID-19 Updates & 50 Ways To Remain Stress Free and Productive at Home

As our country continues to fight and control the spread of the Corona virus, please listen and follow the directions of state and local authorities. For more information, visit CoronaVirus.gov.

Below are 50 things you and your family can do to remain healthy and make productive use of your time at home.

50 Things To Do While You are Sheltered in Place at Home.

  1. Remain cool, calm and collected. Limit watching news channels to 1-2 hours daily.
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer as an alternative – 60% alcohol.
  3. If you are working from home, designate a quiet and well-organized, home office environment.
  4. Look for a new job or find a part-time job. Lots of companies are hiring – grocery stores, warehouses, packaging and delivery companies, non-profits, construction, etc.
  5. Establish personal and family goals for the next 1, 3, 5 and 10 years.
  6. Spend more quality time with your family and friends talking instead of texting.
  7. Take a regular morning, afternoon, or evening walk or jog in your neighborhood.
  8. Get 8 hours of good quality sleep. Stay hydrated. Eat healthy.
  9. Experiment with new recipes and cook healthy meals for yourself and your family.
  10. Teach your children the joy of cooking, baking and healthy meal planning.
  11. Play board games or card games with your family that you’re currently sheltered with and friends online.
  12. Exercise at home using free weights, gym equipment, online resources, videos and subscription services. Walk, Bike, Spin, Hike, Jog, or Swim your way to a better, healthier you. Try Yoga and Pilates to relax, de-stress and improve your balance and flexibility. Please use social distancing.
  13. Organize each room in your home and do some spring cleaning.
  14. De-clutter your office, storage unit, closets and garage.
  15. Prepare and complete your personal and business tax returns.
  16. Clean out your refrigerator, freezer and kitchen cabinets.
  17. Discard expired food, supplements and beverages.
  18. Mow your lawn or tidy up your patio or outdoor space.
  19. Remove weeds from your yard or outdoor space.
  20. Plant a flower or herb garden.
  21. Fix a few things around the house using DIY online videos or HGTV programs.
  22. Review your bank statements, subscriptions and auto-payments for bills and services.
  23. Donate excess clothes, shoes, books, furniture, bikes, toys, automobiles jewelry, wigs etc. to your favorite charity.
  24. Read the Bible and share the Word with others.
  25. Stream your PRBC Sunday church service and other online activities.
  26. Start an online community using Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, etc.
  27. Call friends and family members who live alone or may need support and assistance.
  28. Deliver or schedule delivery of basic food items for a neighbor, family member or friend in need.
  29. Take a luxurious bubble bath or long hot steamy shower.
  30. Give yourself a facial and body massage using foam rollers.
  31. Detoxify and cleanse your organs/body.
  32. Enjoy sporting your natural hair – take a break from applying heat, wigs and extensions.
  33. Do your own manicure and pedicure.
  34. Organize and file your receipts and important paperwork, statements.
  35. Create a will and/or family trust.
  36. Create or update your family budget and spending/saving goals.
  37. Register for an online course to improve your skills or continue your education.
  38. Get certified online to improve your marketability.
  39. Start a new business or make improvements to your existing business.
  40. Look for a new job online or check out employment options.
  41. Remove unnecessary apps on your smart phone and remove unnecessary pics and videos.
  42. Clean up your Contact list on your mobile phone and in your email accounts.
  43. Delete old email accounts and delete/remove emails that contain private or sensitive information. Remove emails that contain login information or passwords.
  44. Organize and save all your online logins and passwords for safe keeping.
  45. Change your password to your email accounts and online/mobile applications.
  46. Install a Ring home security system and save tons of money on monthly monitoring fees.
  47. Review and make any necessary adjustments to your company and personal 401K and savings plans.
  48. Refinance your home mortgage or apply for a new one since rates are very low or close to 0%.
  49. Update your stock portfolio since the markets are trading low – great time to secure stocks at bargain prices – hurry up since markets are beginning to trend up.
  50. Hand write a personal letter or send a greeting card in the mail to a friend or family member. Record a video.

Governor Ducey Signs Executive Order Establishing Virtual Notary Services



PHOENIX⁠ — In partnership with Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Governor Doug Ducey today issued an Executive Order allowing Arizonans to get documents notarized remotely, while ensuring secure and effective verification processes. Currently, notaries and signers must complete the notarization process in person. Allowing notarizations to be securely completed virtually will support the state’s COVID-19 “stay home, stay healthy, stay connected” guidelines while allowing the completion of deeds, loan approvals, business agreements and more.

This measure is consistent with Remote Online Notarization, a law passed that allows signers and notaries to meet virtually that takes effect July 1, 2020. The Governor’s Executive Order accelerates this timeline, giving Arizonans the opportunity to utilize virtual notarization starting April 10, 2020.

View the full video HERE.

“We are taking proactive measures to protect public health while ensuring Arizona can still take care of their essential needs,” said Governor Ducey. “This order allows key components of business for bankers, real estate agents, legal companies, health care professionals and much more to carry on during the COVID-19 outbreak in a safe and secure way that protects public health. I’m grateful to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs for putting in important work behind the scenes to accelerate this process and give Arizonans access to this opportunity ahead of schedule.”

“We worked hard to ensure these services were made available months ahead of schedule — because Arizonans need it now,” said Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. “This order utilizes technology to get documents signed and notarized securely and in real time. These services are needed, especially in health care settings and rural parts of Arizona. We will continue to take the actions necessary to protect public health while meeting the needs of fellow Arizonans.”

The Secretary of State has adopted rules to ensure a secure identity verification process using online audio-video technology, allowing the notary and signer to converse in real-time as the signatures and tamper-proof seals are placed on an electronic document. All records of the notarization must be saved and backed up by the notary public.

The Secretary of State’s Office will begin accepting applications for online notarizations Friday, April 10. Visit the website HERE.

View the Executive Order HERE.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego limits on the number of passengers on public transit

Please see the latest change - the attached is an emergency declaration from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego outlining the limits on the number of passengers on public transit buses operated by Phoenix in an effort to assist in meeting social distancing guidelines to due COVID-19.

Valley Metro has posted service changes that impact the Express and RAPID service. Transit Centers in Phoenix are closed. Scottsdale Trolley has suspended service. Dial-a-Ride is predominantly providing single rides. Please see the link below for more information.

https://www.valleymetro.org/news/service-impacts-due-covid-19

Arizona Family Caregiver Reimbursement Program

Starting January 1, 2020, family caregivers can be reimbursed 50% for home modifications and assistive care technology up to $1,000 for one (1) or more care recipients. The qualified family member must be 18 years or older and requires help with one (1) or more activities of daily living. Funding is limited and is distributed as first come first served.​

See the full program here: https://azcaregiver.org/arizona-family-caregiver-reimbursement-program/

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): What You Need to Know About Its Impact on Moms and Babies

March of Dimes is monitoring the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, around the U.S. and world. Health officials are actively collecting data to better understand the disease and report on that information every day. We're here to support you and your family with the information you need to know during this global pandemic.

Click here to see more.

Informational videos regarding COVID-19 in Arizona

The Coconino County Law Library and AZCourtHelp have put together several mini videos that may assist you at this time.

Videos regarding how to be married, get a protective order, and eviction in Arizona during COVID-19.

https://azcourthelp.org/covid-videos

United States Attorney Michael Bailey and IRS warn of schemes tied to economic impact payments

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) today urged citizens to be on high alert for scams related to the COVID-19 economic impact payments.

ccording to the United States Treasury Department, more than 80 million taxpayers who opted for direct deposit should see the economic impact payments in their bank accounts by tomorrow, if the payment has not already arrived. Coinciding with these payments, United States Attorney Michael Bailey and Tara Sullivan, Acting Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the IRS-CI Phoenix Field Office, expect a surge in scam calls, emails, and text messages as criminals try to leverage the payout as an opportunity to defraud individuals.

“Our office is on the lookout for scam artists who try to steal these much-needed economic impact payments from the pockets of our citizens,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Bailey. “We are on high alert for anyone who tries to prey upon Arizonans during this pandemic, and we ask that each of you take the same approach – educate yourself about common scams, be vigilant in protecting your information, and report any attempted fraud.”

Click here to see more

Text HOME to 741741 to reach a Crisis Counselor

Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support via a medium people already use and trust: text.

https://www.crisistextline.org/

How Does it Work?

First, you’re in a crisis. Crisis doesn’t just mean thinking about ending your own life. It’s any painful emotion and anytime you need support. So, you text us at 741741.

Your opening message can say anything. Keywords like “HOME,” “START” and “HELLO” just help us identify how people hear about us.

The first two responses are automated. They tell you that you’re being connected with a Crisis Counselor and invite you to share a bit more.

The Crisis Counselor is a trained volunteer, not a professional. They can provide support, but not medical advice.

It usually takes less than five minutes to connect you with a Crisis Counselor. (It may take longer during high-traffic times).

When you’ve reached a Crisis Counselor, they’ll introduce themselves, reflect on what you’ve said, and invite you to share at your own pace.

You’ll then text back and forth with the Crisis Counselor. You never have to share anything you don’t want to.

The Crisis Counselor will help you sort through your feelings by asking questions, empathizing, and actively listening.

The conversation typically ends when you and the Crisis Counselor both feel comfortable deciding that you’re in a “cool,” safe place.

After the conversation, you’ll receive an optional survey about your experience. This helps us help you and others like you!

The goal of any conversation is to get you to a calm, safe place.

Sometimes that means providing you with a referral to further help, and sometimes it just means being there and listening. A conversation usually lasts anywhere from 15-45 minutes.

How to help during the rise of domestic abuse due to social isolation

When we think about caring for people during the COVID-19 crisis, many of us think about widows, the elderly, or those already battling severe medical conditions. Pastors and ministry leaders may think about children’s ministry, streaming services, caring for people at a distance, and what weddings and funerals should look like in this season. But there's a demographic in your church who are in really difficult situations and likely won’t speak up. They're not going to reach out, because they're in an oppressive situation.

In the amount of time you read this article, approximately 170 adults will experience abuse at home.[1] We already saw these statistics played out in situations as counselors, but with people being isolated, losing jobs, financial concerns, fears, and ways of escape blocked by restrictions to contain this pandemic, domestic abuse and violence will be amplified. Those who might speak up and seek help are limited in doing so as they are stuck in the same home with their abusers.

The sad reality of the increase of domestic violence has already been seen worldwide in this pandemic. At the end of March, calls to the domestic abuse hotline in the United Kingdom went up 65%. The United Nations has called for “urgent action to combat the worldwide surge in domestic violence.” As the virus has spread in China, there has been an uptick in domestic violence reports. We should expect the same thing here domestically. In fact, Seattle has seen a 21% increase in domestic violence reports, and the local CBS news station in Sacramento reported that domestic violence calls had skyrocketed as victims have been forced to stay inside with their abusers. This is a heavy topic, in the midst of a heavy season, but we want to care for the vulnerable who are stuck in unsafe homes.

Click here to see more

For Teens & Young Adults - Equipping students to seek and give help

Young adulthood is a time of growth, learning and exploration — but it can also be a time of significant change and intense challenges. JED is here to help.

If you or someone you know is feeling stressed, anxious, sad, or hopeless, check out JED’s resources for help.

Click here to see more

Pinnacle Prevention


Pinnacle Prevention COVID-19 Resources

Farmers’ Guide to COVID-19 Relief


Farmers’ Guide to COVID-19 Relief

Phoenix to reduce city bus operation hours amid coronavirus outbreak

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Public Transit Department will be reducing the hours of operation for its bus services due to the coronavirus outbreak, the city announced in a press release on Friday.

Click here to see more

Phoenix-area blood suppliers in critical need of blood donors

To make an appointment to donate blood go to www.vitalant.org.

Costco to require all shoppers to wear masks beginning May 4

Costco is now taking extra precautions due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday morning, Costco announced all members and guests will be required to wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose while shopping. This change is effective Monday, May 4 and does not apply to children under two years old or those who are unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition.

Click here to see more.

Family Services

COVID-19 information in English or Spanish, dial 2-1-1.
https://211arizona.org/covid-19

Central Arizona Crisis Hotline: 602-222-9444
Trained crisis intervention specialists are available around the clock, every day of the year, to help over the phone.

Central AZ Warm Line: 602-347-1100
The Warm Line is a free and confidential telephone service staffed by peers who have, themselves, dealt with behavioral health challenges.

AZ Together (COVID-19 resources)
https://arizonatogether.org
AZ Unido: https://arizonatogether.org/es

myPlan app:
https://www.myplanapp.org/home#
Download a free app to help with safety decisions if you, or someone you care about, is experiencing abuse in their intimate relationship.

Councilwoman Betty Guardado is sending regular COVID-19 updates.
You can sign up for her list here: https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054

City of Phoenix COVID-19 Update Page:
https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054

City of Phoenix Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources:
https://www.phoenix.gov/Resources

Maricopa County Health Dept. Coronavirius Disease 2019 page:
https://www.maricopa.gov/5460/Coronavirus-Disease-2019

West Valley Resources – WestMarc:
https://www.westmarc.org/wvresources

Wesley Community and Health Centers (including Golden Gate) has the ability to see new patients for family primary health care as well as telehealth appointments available. (602)-233-0017

Mountain Park Health Center Resource Page (NOTE: these are Phoenix-wide):
https://mountainparkhealth.org/coronavirus/covid19-resources
(602) 243-7277 for telehealth appointments

ASU For You
https://asuforyou.asu.edu/
ASU has accelerated plans to provide learning tools and materials to keep all learners on track by launching ASU For You. ASU For You includes many learning tools at no cost such as virtual field trips; library access; video lessons, labs and simulations in K-12 subject areas; badge and certificate programs in areas such as health and well-being, smart cities and environmental science; tutoring, online courses and training videos for teachers or parents teaching from home; and courses for college credit.

Explore tools for artists + creators + leaders with ASU's Herberger Institute for Arts & Design:
https://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/cultural-innovation-tools

ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Community Resources for K-12:
https://education.asu.edu/community
For infants-prek families: First Things First
Scholastic Learn at Home : Free, leveled, interactive literacy lessons for kids Prek-9th grade
VOOKS is offering 30 days free. This is an ad free, online library of animated story books. In addition to the free 30 days, there are resource guides with some books to do easy at home activities.
Mystery Science : Ever seen Mystery Doug? If you like him, check out Mystery Science for a free membership and a starter list of easy, online K-5 science lessons you can do at home.
Brain POP: offering free access to interactive activities in a wide variety of subject for Kinder through middle school. They also have Brain POP ELL for English Language Learners.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ASU
https://lifelonglearning.asu.edu/onlinelearning

Sun Devil Learning Labs
https://education.asu.edu/sdll
Streaming live on YouTube from 9-2:00 during the week. You can follow the schedule or jump in just to subjects that interest your child. They have lessons for Prek-12th grade.

Extra Resources

Terros Health remains open for health and behavioral health needs - now offering TeleHealth services as well:
https://www.terroshealth.org/covid-19/

AZ Trauma Institute upcoming online events:
https://aztrauma.org/upcoming-events

Extra Resources

Phoenix Landlord & Tenant Program – can learn more at https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/landlord-tenant-counseling or by calling 602-262-7210 to speak with one of our Landlord and Tenant Counselors

Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance for Seniors - Households with a member age 60 or over may contact the Senior Services Intake line at 602-262-6631 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Utilities – City of Phoenix Human Services: https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/emergency

Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance Program (State Housing Dept.) - Apply at: www.azhousing.gov

Interested applicants who do not have computer access can call their local Community Action Agency to initiate an application over the telephone.

COVID19 Legal Resource Page: https://covid19.azlawhelp.org

Homeowners:
Save Our Home AZ (State foreclosure assistance initiative):
SOHAZ Program questions may be directed to the Arizona Department of Housing, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by calling (602) 771-1000 or by visiting housing.az.gov/save-our-home
View information on the SOHAZ program HERE- https://housing.az.gov/save-our-home

The Arizona Department of Housing also operates a toll-free hotline staffed with housing counselors to answer questions about housing in Arizona.
To reach a housing counselor toll free, Arizonans can call: 1-877-448-1211.

Other areas – find your Community Action Agency here:
https://housing.az.gov/community-action-agencies-arizona-offer-emergency-eviction-and-utility-assistance?fbclid=IwAR3UOs5aQr8VRHobI_ujI56zcwUO6ZGQ0jmXr9F-T7_J_SELH4-2514UdDo

CPLC Rental & Housing Questions:
Info about Rental & Housing Questions, plus services available through CPLC's Housing Counseling Program (Phx 602-253-0838 & Tucson 520-882-0018)

Community Legal Services has a series of resources and forms for tenants affected by COVID-19 – including requests for postponement of evictions - https://clsaz.org; 1-800-852-9075

COVID19 Scams/Fraud (Federal Trade Commission):

Donations/Volunteering

Masks, Food, Family Supplies: Mountain Park has a critical need for N95 face masks. If you know of any organizations will to donate or sell their supply, please let me know. We are also doing our best to combat food insecurity for our patients and the community and accepting donated food and produce. Lastly, if you yourself or your organization has any resources that could be donated including food, diapers, wipes, Similac formula, etc., we are working to have some of these emergency supplies for patients. Contact Sydney Rood at srood@mphc-az.org or (602) 299-6233 for details

Register to Volunteer (through #AZTogether):
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfrNFfx_SQL1au9vU_4-GpXlSrrDYELCF3hlnuPZMEPr3Ho6w/viewform

Medical Volunteers: (from #AZ Together):
https://esar-vhp.health.azdhs.gov

Donate Blood: https://bloodhero.com

Request Volunteer Support (from #AZTogether):
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2Fq5R9X6X_gy9mUIOlHso_tHZdnwRp4XOdq_BSCA0Zf1Wbw/viewform

For Nonprofits

AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund - Nonprofit Funding Request for COVID-19 Support Initiatives:
https://www.azfoundation.org/GrantsLoans/COVID-19ResourcesforNonprofits.aspx

ASU Lodestar Center Update: https://lodestar.asu.edu/content/coronavirus-faq-how-lodestar-center-responding-covid-19

Alliance of AZ Nonprofits Update on Stimulus Package:
https://mailchi.mp/arizonanonprofits/alliance-484409?e=CG3qyW77RI

FCC “Keep Americans Connected” pledge in which communication companies will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots for increased accessibility to the internet. Visit >https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-363033A1.pdf for information.

Access from AT&T and learn more about AT&T’s COVID-19 response. https://m.att.com/shopmobile/internet/access/

Suddenlink-https://www.suddenlink.com/coronavirus-Learn more about how they are connecting our communities.

Sparklight (formerly CableOne) www. http://one2one.sparklight.com/ will be making unlimited data available on all internet services for the next 30 days and waiving late fees for its customers for the next 60 days.

CenturyLink https://news.centurylink.com/covid-19 has committed to waive late fees and to not terminate a residential or small business customer’s service due to financial circumstances associated with COVID-19. They are also suspending data usage limits for consumer customers during this time period due to COVID-19.

Cox Communications is expanding their hot spots and strengthening their wi-fi so that students who don’t already have internet can find in various locations. Free access to over 650,000 Wi-Fi hot spots. Visit https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/learn/cox-hotspots.html

Comcast- New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020. Signing up is easy and fast from your mobile device, go to: https://apply.internetessentials.com

Xfinity WiFi-Free for Everyone-Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. Learn more here https://wifi.xfinity.com/

Small Business
New grant funding available to help Phoenix small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

he Phoenix IDA, in coordination with the City of Phoenix and a growing list of funders, is offering grants up to $10,000* to local small businesses experiencing economic distress and sudden loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Relief grants are intended to help for-profit small businesses keep employees on payroll and meet other necessary operating costs. Preference will be given to small businesses located in economically distressed areas of Phoenix.

www.azfoundation.org/smallbusinessrelief https://mcusercontent.com/6fdd9a59261e9e877339906ee/files/07bb6799-4262-478f-a67e-a76100466fc8/Bilingual_PhoenixIDA_CoP_Small_Business_Relief_Grants_Flyer_asof041132020.pdf

Fund partners include Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona Public Service, and the Phoenix Community Development and Investment Corporation.

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Rehoboth CDC is offering Virtual VITA, to anyone that qualifies under their guidelines.

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Give Us "5" days; We'll Give you a Career!

Do you have what it takes to be a Gladiator?

What is the Gladiator training program?

The first step to entering the Reinforcing Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program.

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Goodman Schwartz Public Affairs - Arizona COVID-19 Daily Update

Throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis, the team at Goodman Schwartz Public Affairs has been communicating, in real time, with our clients on all major announcements and circumstances impacting their specific sectors. We will, of course, continue to rapidly provide such industry specific information, as such circumstances warrant.

As an additional resource for our clients and interested parties, this Arizona COVID-19 Daily Update is intended to provide a broader perspective on the COVID-19 response in Arizona.

By the Numbers (updated daily)

Number of Cases: 8,919 - as compared to 8,640 (5/3)
Number of Deaths: 362 - as compared to 362 (5/3)
Number of Tests: 85,253 - as compared to 81,119 (5/3)
Arizona Department of Health Services - Coronavirus Home
Confirmed COVID-19 Cases by Zip Code

Governor and Government Agency News Releases
None

Political Potpourri (updated daily)

Supreme Court Hears Arguments Remotely, Making Livestream Public - National Public Radio
JCPenney, Sears, Nieman Marcus and JCrew Could Collapse from the Coronavirus Recession - CNN
Honeywell Has Long History in Arizona, New Spotlight on Trump Visit - The Arizona Republic
China 'Intentionally Concealed Severity' of Coronavirus Outbreak to Hoard Masks, Other Supplies, DHS Report Says
- Newsweek

Arizona News Stories (updated daily)

OPINION: Arizona Reopening Too Slowly, Too Quickly or Just Fast Enough? - The Arizona Republic
About 500 gather at Capitol to protest stay-at-home order - The Arizona Republic
Arizona Retail Stores Take First Steps to Reopen After Weeks of Closures - The Arizona Republic
Tucson has to ‘Get Creative' to Use $95 Million in Federal Coronavirus Funds - Arizona Daily Star
Arizona to Give Green Valley Hospital $3.6M to Help it Survive Financial Crisis Brought on by Pandemic - Arizona Daily Star
Road Runner: Emissions Testing Continues to Help Limit Pandemic's Impact, Officials Say
- Arizona Daily Star
City of Gallup, Which Borders Navajo Nation, Extends Lockdown Order - The Arizona Republic
Page Mayor Under Fire for Comment That Navajo Nation President Should Fight Alcoholism - The Arizona Republic

National News Stories (updated daily)

China’s Coronavirus Vaccine Drive Empowers a Troubled Industry - New York Times
Coronavirus is Causing a Historic Rise in Mental Health Problems, Experts Warn - The Washington Post
FDA Enacts Stricter Rules for Antibody Tests After Congressional Investigation - POLITICO
DHS Report: China Hid Virus' Severity to Hoard Supplies - Associated Press
Historic Financial Decline Hits Doctors, Dentists and Hospitals - Despite COVID-19 - Threatening Overall Economy - The Washington Post
Anti-Vaccination Activists Are Growing Force at Virus Protests - New York Times
Backlash to the backlash: Governors, Medical Officials Wary of Rush to Reopen - POLITICO
Trump Says Up to 100,000 Americans May Die from Coronavirus - Reuters
Deborah Birx: Coronavirus Vaccine Possible by January as Countries See Largest Single-Day Jumps - US News & World Report
The Covid-19 Riddle: Why Does the Virus Wallop Some Places and Spare Others? - New York Times
Italy Loosens Europe's Longest Coronavirus Lockdown - The Washington Post

RESOURCES

The COVID Tracking Project
COVID-19 State Action Center - National Academy for State Health Policy
COVID-19 Screening Tool - Apple and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
COVID-19 Stimulus Bill: What It Means For States - National Conference of State Legislatures
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: Summary of Key Health Provisions - Kaiser Family Foundation
Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience: Massive Scale Testing, Tracing, and Supported Isolation (TTSI) as the Path to Pandemic Resilience for a Free Society
- Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University

Gubernatorial Executive Orders Issued to Date

Return Stronger — Amending the Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected Order – April 29, 2020
Requesting Exemption From Executive Order 2020-10 Elective Surgeries – April 22, 2020
Expanding Food Options for Commercial Vehicle Drivers - April 15, 2020
Enhanced Surveillance Advisory - April 14, 2020
Increased Telemedicine Access for Workers’ Compensation - April 14, 2020
On the Job Training for Assisted Living Facility Caregivers - April 14, 2020
The “Good Samaritan Order” Protecting Frontline Healthcare Workers Responding to the COVID-19 Outbreak - April 9, 2020
Remote Online Notarization - April 8, 2020
Flexible Food Item &. Sale of Goods at Restaurants - April 8, 2020
Requirements for Individuals Traveling to Arizona - April 8, 2020
Enhanced Surveillance Advisory - April 8, 2020
Protection of Vulnerable Residents at Nursing Care Institutions, Residential Care Institutions, ICF-IIDs and DD Medical Group Homes from COVID-19 - April 8, 2020
Prohibiting Small Business Evictions - April 7, 2020
Expanding Access to Pharmacies - April 2, 2020
Telemedicine for Pets and Animals - April 1, 2020
Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected - March 30, 2020
Continuity of Work - March 26, 2020
Increasing Hospital Capacity for COVID-19 Preparedness - March 26, 2020
Expansion of Telemedicine - March 25, 2020
Postponement of Eviction Actions - March 24, 2020
Enhanced Surveillance Advisory - March 23, 2020
Prohibiting the Closure of Essential Services - March 23, 2020
Ensuring Individuals Whose Employment is Affected by COVID-19 Have Access to Unemployment Insurance - March 20, 2020
Delaying Elective Surgeries to Conserve Personal Protective Equipment Necessary to Test and Treat Patients with COVID-19 - March 19, 2020
Limiting the Operations of Certain Businesses to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - March 19, 2020
Limiting In-Person Motor Vehicle Division Visits for License Driver Renewals - March 19, 2020
Protective Measures to Protect Against COVID-19 - March 19, 2020

County Government Resources

Apache County
Cochise County
Coconino County
Gila County
Graham County
Greenlee County
La Paz County
Maricopa County
Mohave County
Navajo County
Pima County
Pinal County
Santa Cruz County
Yavapai County
Yuma County

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.

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?

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Birth to Five Helpline are speaking and helping with challenges presented by COVID-19

Birth to Five Helpline specialists are speaking with parents, caregivers and professionals about supporting children and families around the challenges presented by COVID-19 and assisting them with a range of needs during this especially difficult time. We encourage you and the families you work with to reach out with questions or concerns about young children and for assistance in finding resources or getting community referrals. Due to the number of calls being handled, you may need to leave a voicemail. Please be sure to leave your name AND phone number on that message and a Helpline specialist will respond as soon as possible. Call or text at 877-705-KIDS (5437) or submit online at www.birthtofivehelpline.org.

See the flyer for more info

For ongoing one-on-one family support:

Parent Partners Plus, an alliance of family support programs throughout Maricopa County, serves pregnant women and families with children under the age of three. Programs are now enrolling to offer support for a healthy pregnancy, child development information, parenting resources, kindergarten readiness activities and much more. (602) 633-0732 or pppintake@swhd.org https://www.parentpartnersplus.com/

Representing:

  • Healthy Families
  • Nurse-Family Partnership
  • Smooth Way Home
  • Early Head Start
  • Parents as Teachers
  • And more

See the flyer for more info

Guide to Parenting & Family Health During COVID-19

Parents face unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. Parenting is always a demanding job, and the pandemic raises the stakes even higher. Use these practical tips to guide your family through the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 has drastically changed virtually every aspect of life for families. With the number of new cases expected to continue rising daily, parents may find themselves in this situation for quite a while.

Many parents are suddenly having to work from home while homeschooling their children. Others are working in essential positions,juggling work outside the home with limited childcare options.

Click here to see more

The IRS helps taxpayers get tax information they need; find tools for filing, paying, checking accounts and answering questions.

IR-2020-99: IRS.gov helps taxpayers get tax information they need; find tools for filing, paying, checking accounts and answering questions.
In addition, please view the attached flyers from our local community partners who currently providing limited free tax filing services throughout the Greater Phoenix Area. If you want to do your own simple taxes remember that www.myfreetaxes.com is always an option.

A New Leaf Virtual VITA
Mesa Tax Return Drop-off Procedure
Rehoboth CDS Updated_Online VITA 2020

Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus in Nursing Homes


Americans have a lot of questions about the coronavirus COVID-19 and nursing homes. Unfortunately, a lot of available answers are complicated. Finding simple answers about coronavirus in nursing homes can seem overwhelming. News reports and government websites offer information, but it is very technical and lengthy.

It is difficult for many people to decipher all the information that is available. At Nursing Home Abuse Center, we want to help. We want to help readers find answers that are real and easy to understand. In this guide, we offer answers to some of the most common questions about coronavirus in general, as well as answers to questions about coronavirus in nursing homes.

Click here to see more

Update - APS SEASONAL HOLD

DEAR AGENCY PARTNERS: Thank you for your continued partnership in serving our limited-income customers, especially during this extraordinary time. We wanted to remind you that beginning in June and extending through October 15'", we are suspending disconnects for residential customers who are behind on their payments. During this Seasonal Hold:

See flyer for more info.

Virtual, Short-Term Career Training Available Now

Looking for virtual, short-term programs that build relevant career skills? In addition to certificate and Associate degree options, GateWay Community College offers virtual, skills-based training aligned with key industry sectors that are positioned for economic recovery. Get started today!

See flyer for more info.

Community conversations offering resources, information and support during the COVID-19 crisis.

Please join me in disseminating the event below and attached to the communities you serve. Equality Health will be holding Community Conversations around COVID-19 and we will be sharing science-based and practical advices to stay safe and accessing resources during these challenging times

See flyer for more info.

Ver folleto para más información.


I recently held a webinar on preserving and improving mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to share some resources that you might find helpful in ensuring that you have access to all the help available to you during this time.

You can watch the video of the webinar here.

And, here are some links to resources referenced in the workshop:

General Mental Health
See guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on managing stress. Contact your healthcare provider if stress becomes overwhelming. Mental Health America has also compiled resources related to managing anxiety and promoting mental health during the coronavirus crisis.
If you or a loved one needs help:

Additional Resources:

Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault Resources
If you cannot call 911, you can text 911 in Maricopa county. Be prepared to give your address, since it will not automatically be seen by first responders.

The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence offers assistance through their website or by calling their hotline at 602-279-2980 or 800-782-6400.

SAFEDVS-hotline for domestic violence victims in Maricopa County: 480-890-3039 or toll free 844-723-3387

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

National Teen Dating Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

Homeless Coordination Office: 602-542-6638

Stay safe and healthy, and please visit my website for more resources (information is updated periodically). Please reach out to my district office at 602-256-0551 or by email at az07services@mail.house.gov with any questions or concerns. As always, we are here to assist you!

City of Phoenix-COVID Cares Program

If you are interested in applying for the please read the information below:

The City of Phoenix-COVID Cares Program is a utility & rent/mortgage grant assistance program in which you can receive a one-time grant up to $4,000. This is not an income based grant.

Here is the breakdown:

Utility bills (electric and gas) $600
City of Phoenix Water bills $300
Rent or Mortgage payment $1,100

Please note that once you supply all of the documents required (read below) you will be screened to see if you qualify for the grant.

Qualifications:

  1. Must live in the City of Phoenix or live in the Urban Village of Laveen AND receive a City of Phoenix Water Bill.
  2. Must have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 national pandemic
    1. Allowable reasons along with acceptable documentation is listed below.
  3. Must be a legal citizen of the US.
    1. Click here to see Acceptable Verification Documents Supporting Applicant’s Lawful Presence in the U.S for acceptable documentation.
  4. Households in subsidized housing must have a rental obligation to qualify for rental assistance.

If you do not meet the above qualifications, then you would not qualify for this particular grant, however contact Rhoshawndra L. Carnes at familyservices@pilgrimrestphx.org for potential other resources.

The following documents are needed:

  1. Fill out the Pilgrim Rest COVID-19 Application (click here).
  2. Proof of being a legal citizen of the US (see attached document-Acceptable Verification Documents Supporting Applicant’s Lawful Presence in the U.S.).
  3. Proof of living in the City of Phoenix (see list below) or live in the Urban Village of Laveen (one of your forms of documentation must be a City of Phoenix Water Bill).
  4. Rent or mortgage documentation (mortgage bill or lease agreement).
  5. Utility Bills (please supply your most recent bill).
    1. Electric Bill (Arizona Public Service Electric (APS ) or Salt River Project (SRP)
    2. Gas Bill (Southwest Gas (SWG)
    3. City of Phoenix Water Bill

SPECIAL NOTE- INCLUDE ALL OF THESE BILLS AT ONE TIME SINCE THIS GRANT IS ONLY ALLOWABLE ONE TIME.

Allowable Reasons that you have been financially impacted by the COVID-19.

Job/Wage Instability

  1. Unemployment / Termination
    1. Termination letter from employer
    2. Proof of unemployment application
    3. Proof client has applied for benefits
    4. Self-certification of termination of employment if employment is not tied to a formal employment structure (i.e. Mechanics, babysitters, housekeeper, etc.)
  2. Impact to Household Income
    1. Hours Reduced
      1. Employer letter stating change in hours
      2. Paystubs from last three pay cycles showing a reduction in hours
    2. Wages Reduced
      1. Employer letter regarding wage reduction or notice of furlough
      2. Employer letter of current/future hours per pay period
      3. Unemployment letter/ SSI benefits discontinued
    3. Day Care
      1. Increased expenses tied to COVID-19 social distancing requirements
    4. Self-certification of reduction in income if employment is not tied to a formal employment structure (i.e. Mechanics, babysitters, housekeeper, etc.) 73877984.4

City of Phoenix Residency Verification Documents (only one is needed).

  1. Driver’s license
  2. Work or school ID
  3. Public benefit award letter. Examples include:
    1. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) award letter
    2. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) award letter
  4. Utility bill (A City of Phoenix Water Bill is needed if you reside in the Urban Village of Laveen)
  5. Mortgage bill / lease agreement
  6. Other reasonable sources
In addition, the utility service address must be verified to match the applicant’s residential address.

Acceptable Identify Verification Documentation (only one is needed).

  1. Driver’s license
  2. Work or school ID
  3. ID card from health benefits or social service program
  4. Social Security card
  5. Voter registration card
  6. Wage stubs
  7. Birth certificate
  8. Family census card
  9. Other reasonable sources

Please email all necessary required documents to familyservices@pilgrimrestphx.org and please place in the subject line Application of (Your Full Name) for City of Phoenix-COVID Cares Program.

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Grocery store and food bank workers are now included for these free childcare scholarships.

We have been qualified as an Arizona Enrichment Center and can offer scholarships to COVID-19 critical frontline personnel. These are persons, who do not have access to child care, who work in categories of essential functions as defined in Executive Order 2020-12 that ensure the delivery of healthcare, public safety, grocery store and food bank services, and essential governmental operations including child safety and adult protective services personnel.

The application process is easy and DES parents are also eligible. There will be no additional center charges for services.

You can apply at: https://arizonaenrichmentcenters.az.gov/qualify

For those with social media accounts or newsletters, please be sure to share this information to help inform individuals that they may be eligible for a “stimulus” payment, even if they make little or no money or are homeless. They need to take action by October 15 in order to receive their payment this year.

I’ve attached images you can select and use on social media (or any other communication channels you might have) and included some verbiage below you can choose from.

  • Help us spread the word: Americans who don’t earn enough to have a tax filing requirement should sign up online with #IRS for an Economic Impact Payment by Oct 15. www.irs.gov/nonfilereip [irs.gov] #COVIDreliefIRS
  • Millions of people who are not required to file tax returns may still be eligible for Economic Impact Payments. Help us spread the word so they register with #IRS for a payment by Oct 15: www.irs.gov/nonfilereip [irs.gov] #COVIDreliefIRS

COVID Crisis Rental Assistance

Maricopa County households experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 Pandemic may be eligible for COVID Crisis Rental Assistance (CCRA) through the Human Services Department’s Community Services Division. Households can receive up to three (3) rental assistance payments for past due or owed rent for the months of March 2020 - December 2020. As long as there is funding available, this service will operate through mid-December 2020 and will make retroactive payments to March 2020 for eligible applicant households.

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You may qualify for the City of Phoenix-COVID-19 Cares Program!

Dear Potential Applicant,
Please read this entire document to familiarize yourself with all guidelines for applying for the City of Phoenix-COVID-19 Cares Program.

The City of Phoenix-COVID-19 Cares Program is a utility, rental, and mortgage grant assistance program by which you can receive a one-time grant totaling up to $4,200. This grant is not income based.

Grant distribution information:

Amount Grant Type Payee
$600 Utility APS, SRP, Southwest Gas
$300 Water City of Phoenix
$3300 Rental/ Mortgage Landlord, Leasing or Mortgage Company

*Third-party billing agencies are not accepted

You may qualify for the City of Phoenix-COVID-19 Cares Program if you meet the following criteria:

  1. Have proof of US citizenship (birth certificate or passport) or legal residence (see list below).
  2. Reside in the City of Phoenix or receive a City of Phoenix Water Bill. 
  3. Have been financially impacted by COVID-19 national pandemic on or after March 1, 2020.
  1. The ONLY allowable reasons along with the acceptable documentation are listed below. If it is not listed, then it is not allowable.
  2. See attached document labeled Acceptable Verification Documents Supporting Applicant’s Lawful Presence in the U.S. for acceptable documentation.

Please note that households in subsidized housing must have a rental obligation to qualify for rental assistance. If you do not meet the above qualifications, you would not qualify for this particular grant.  If you are not eligible for this particular grant, please contact Rhoshawndra Carnes at prbc19@pilgrimrestphx.orgfor other potential resources.

The following documents are needed to make a complete application package to be reviewed:

  1. Pilgrim Rest COVID-19 Application (see attached).  Please fill out all sections and place N/A if it applies. Please do not write in sections that are clearly marked not to write in them.  
  2. Provide proof of being a legal citizen of the US.

See attached document-Acceptable Verification Documents Supporting Applicant’s Lawful Presence in the U.S. Provide proof that you live in the City of Phoenix (see list below) or live outside of the City of Phoenix where City of Phoenix water service is provided (one of your forms of documentation MUST be a City of Phoenix Water Bill). Provide rent or mortgage documentation.

    1. Rent- submit your current lease, monthly statements are not allowed.
    2. Mortgage- submit your current mortgage statement.

Submit ALL (APS, SRP, SW Gas, COP Water, etc.) current utility bills in your household regardless of the balance owed.

    1. Submit your most current electric bill-Arizona Public Service-APS or Salt River Project-SRP. For SRP M-Power please submit a receipt that has your account number on the bill.
    2. Submit your most current gas bill-Southwest Gas-SWG.
    3. Submit your most current City of Phoenix Water Bill.  

Please note utility bills included within the monthly rent will not be accepted.

Provide proof of legal U.S. citizenship or residence. Please see attached document entitled Acceptable Verification Documents Supporting Applicant’s Lawful Presence in the U.S.

City of Phoenix Address/Residency Verification Documents (only one is needed)

  1. Arizona Driver’s license
  2. Work or school ID
  3. Public benefit award letter. examples include:
    1. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) award letter
    2. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) award letter
  4. Utility bill (a City of Phoenix Water Bill is needed, if you reside outside of the City of Phoenix)
  5. Mortgage statement / lease agreement
  6. Other reasonable sources

Acceptable Documentation for Verification of Legal Residency (only one is needed)

  1. US Passport
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. ID card from s State health agency or social service program
  4. Social Security card
  5. Voter registration card
  6. Certificate of Naturalization
  7. Certificate of US Citizenship
  8. Proof of employment as a US Government Civil Servant before June 1, 1976
  9. Certificate of Indian Blood
  10. Other reasonable sources 

*PLEASE SUBMIT ALL INFORMATION including all bills at once.  This grant is provides one time assistance of up to $4,200.

Acceptable reasons to determine financial impact of COVID-19 pandemic experienced on or after March 1, 2020.

Job/Wage Instability

1. Unemployment/Termination

a. Provide a Termination letter from your former employer.

b. Provide Proof of unemployment application.

c. Provide Proof you have applied for benefits.

d. Provide proper documentation of Self-certification of termination of employment if employment is not tied to a formal employment structure (i.e. mechanics, babysitters, housekeeper, barber/cosmetologist etc.).

2. Impact to Household Income

a. Hours Reduced

  1. Provide an Employer letter stating change in hours.
  2. Provide Paystubs from last three pay cycles showing a reduction in hours.

b. Wages Reduced

  1. Provide an Employer letter regarding wage reduction or notice of furlough.
  2. Provide an Employer letter of current/future hours per pay period.
  3. Provide an Unemployment letter/ SSI benefits discontinued.

 c.  Day Care

1)       Provide documentation to tie increased expenses due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

2)       Provide proper documentation of Self-certification of termination of employment, if  employment is not tied to a formal employment structure (i.e. mechanics, babysitters,housekeeper, barber/cosmetologist, etc.).  

Please be advised that due to the large volume of applications we are receiving, allow up to 10 business days for us to review the application package you have submitted to see if you are eligible for the grant. Pilgrim Rest is committed to providing as timely a response as possible, and we greatly appreciate your patience and understanding.
*Upon receipt of all required documentation your application will be reviewed.

Please email all required documents to prbc19@pilgrimrestphx.org.
*Please add: Application of (Your Full Name) for City of Phoenix-COVID-19 Cares Program to the subject line.

Pilgrim Rest COVID-19 Application

Acceptable Verification Documents Supporting Applicant’s Lawful Presence

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

Goodwill ZOOM event

Goodwill will be hosting a ZOOM (Community Resource Fair) on Wednesday, August 12th from 10:00am – 11:00am. 

This event will have five great Community Partners (LIVE) – The participating Community Partners include:

Valley Metro, Neighborhood Ministries, Dress for Success, and City of Phoenix (CSP) and Goodwill of Central & Northern AZ.

Here is the link for registration: https://gwl-az.org/communityfair [gwl-az.org]

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.

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