If the Covid-19 situation has affected your ability to pay rent or utilities, required you to find affordable access to internet and/or a computer for at-home learning or work, or you have been displaced from your work, below are some resources you are encouraged to explore.
Re: CDC Order to Halt Evictions
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the issuance of an Order under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This Order is effective September 4, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
Please note that this order does not FORGIVE rent and late fees. There are several things that need to be met to qualify a tenant have an eviction temporarily suspended. More details can be found on the form that must be signed and submitted to landlords. See/download the form at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/declaration-form.pdf
** HOUSING **
We Are One | Somos Uno Resiliency Workers and Families Grant Program
Workers and families can apply for financial assistance grants through the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, Aug. 19 – Sept. 9.
As part of the City of Tucson’s CARES Act funds, Mayor and Council approved $3 million to be distributed to workers and families negatively affected by COVID-19. Through the We Are One | Somos Uno Resiliency Fund, the grant program will prioritize individuals and families who have not yet received any state or federal COVID-19 relief money and those whose income does not reach the self-sufficiency standard for Pima County. The announcement of newly available financial assistance for workers and families comes days after the expansion of federal unemployment benefits expired.
The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona (WFSA) will administer the grant program and begin accepting applications on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m., through Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m.
Sunnyside Foundation Emergency Relief Fund for Sunnyside School District Students and Families
A partnership between Sunnyside Foundation and SUSD Frontline workers to ensure SUSD students and families hit hardest by health and economic devastation of COVID-19 have easy access to emergency resources from the people they trust most, their educators.
SUPPORT INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO: Utility, Rent, Food, Clothing, Hotel Vouchers/ Emergency overnight stays, Deposits for Housing, Medical Emergencies
Community Action Agency
Pima County Community Service Department
2798 E. Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ 85713
The Community Action Agency combats poverty and provides a safety net of basic services for low-income individuals and families in Pima County. CAA connects assistance with case management and other resources to promote self-sufficiency and economic independence. Services include: Emergency Assistance, Food and Nutrition, Medical Prescriptions and Supplies
Rental/Mortgage Assistance, Special Needs, Support Services, Utility Assistance.
CAA COVID-19 Response
The Pima County Community Action Agency has a new hotline to serve those seeking aid from the COVID-19 Rental Eviction Assistance Program that is funded through the Arizona Department of Housing.
Eligibility information and the application is available at https://housing.az.gov/general-public/eviction-prevention-assistance
Individuals are urged to complete the online application, but those without internet access can call the state’s 2-1-1 hotline for assistance.
The new Pima County CAA Hotline is 520-724-2505.
- Press 8 for COVID-19
- Pick a language, press 1 or 2
- Press 5 for Eviction Prevention
Staffers will answer questions regarding the status of an application, provide forms that are required for processing, offer direction and assistance to submit pending information, and direct applicants to other resources.
For more information about rental assistance and eviction protection, including forms and necessary document checklists for tenants, go to: What Tenants Need to Know During COVID-19 (https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=604639)
** UTILITIES **
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP
A resource to help with both cooling and heating bills. Benefits from LIHEAP can be used to pay for the current or a past month’s natural gas or electric bill. There may even be grants to pay for late fees, deposits and reconnect fees. To qualify for LIHEAP, the applicant must have an income that falls within the program guidelines. Priority for service assistance is determined at the local Community Action Agency level. Higher priority is granted if someone in your home is a senior citizen (60 years of age & older), a person with disabilities or a young child under six years old.
Call the Tucson Urban League at (520) 791-9522 for information on LIHEAP or other utility expense assistance.
Tucson Water Low Income Assistance Program
The Pima County Community Action Agency (PCCAA) administers Tucson Water’s low income assistance program. It is only available for those customers of Tucson Water only.
Contact PCCAA at (520) 243-6770.
Tucson Water offers other programs for low-income customers:
Free water audits for residential customers
Free Smart Home Water Guide
Free toilet replacement, rainwater harvesting grants & loans
** TECH ACCESS FOR LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES **
NDIA List of Free and Low Cost Broadband Internet Plans (https://www.digitalinclusion.org/free-low-cost-internet-plans)
COX is offering $19.99 for new Starter internet customers, with no annual contract or qualifications to help low-income individuals and those impacted from Coronavirus challenges, like seniors and college students.
COX also has a special offer for K-12 students who are on free and reduced lunch called Connect to Compete (C2C). Free for 60 days followed by $9.95 per month if families sign up before the end of September 2020.
Low Cost Desktops and Laptops
Rise Equipment Recycling Center
1134 S. Park Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Rise Electronics is offering a great deal to folks who receive state assistance. Those that are receiving a form of state assistance are eligible to purchase a computer/laptop at the price(s) below. The person will need proof of state assistance and an ID.
- Desktop ($100) Complete (Flat screen monitor, Tower, Keyboard and mouse), with Windows 10 and Office
- Laptop ($75-$150) with Windows 10 and Office
** HELP FOR DISPLACED WORKERS **
PimaWorks.gov by Pima County One-Stop Career Center
In March, Pima County launched PimaWorks.com as a one-stop resource in response to the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The county’s One-Stop Career Center also established a dislocated worker hotline, staffed weekdays at 724-5735, to help with things like navigating the
application for Arizona unemployment benefits, identifying job leads, and accessing other county services.
One Stop also offers “Virtual Employability Skills” classes and works with local employers to maintain a listing of available jobs.
Hospitality Workforce Connection
In April, the Arizona Office of Tourism and the Arizona Commerce Authority Office of Economic Opportunity launched the Hospitality Workforce Connection to help connect Arizona’s displaced hospitality
workforce with industries that are urgently hiring during the
COVID-19 crisis. Learn more at tourism.az.gov/hiring-opportunities