We know all too well that when America catches a cold, the Black community catches pneumonia. COVID-19 has disrupted the way that many of us lead our everyday lives. Through this storm, some of us are fortunate to have the option to work from home, while others are furloughed and struggle to make sense of our new reality, forced into survival mode. Just know, you are not alone, we are in this together!
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Eviction Prevention / Rental / Mortgage Assistance/ Meals / Utility / Telecom
- Food boxes / pantries listing here
- Map of schools that provide meals here
- Spreadsheet of meal sites here
- Information for students with disabilities . 504 here
- COVID-19 state resources here including utility payments, internet, housing, etc.
- APS customers that are apart of an energy savers program could possible receive a COVID-19 $100 credit. Case by cases bases. Call to verify.
- Eviction Prevention information here and site opens Monday March 30th. ($5M -Governor Executive Order)
- Mortgage Relief information here
- Eviction Prevention Form for Landlords is attached.
Stimulus Checks information can be found here. Checks will be direct deposited if you have a bank account, otherwise a check will be mailed in around "three weeks." If you owe child support, learn more here.
If you have not filed taxes since 2017, NOW is the time and you have until July 15, 2020.
The application for Arizona Unemployment Insurance can be filled out online at: www.azui.com.
People who can't fill out the form online may call 1-877-600-2722 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How did the rules just change on unemployment?
·Waives the one-week waiting period after an employee loses a job before they apply for unemployment benefits.
·Waives work search requirements for those receiving unemployment benefits.
·Adds people who work at a business that has been temporarily closed or has reduced hours because of COVID-19, who have to quarantine because of COVID-19, or who have to care for a family member with COVID-19 to the list of people eligible for unemployment insurance.
·The order also waives any increase in employer payments to the unemployment insurance fund for businesses whose employees receive benefits under this provision.
Nutrition / Healthcare
Governor Ducey and DES submitted requests to the USDA Food and Nutrition Services for key food assistance flexibilities, including temporary waivers to eliminate SNAP eligibility interviews; allow families to buy prepared/hot meals from grocery stores; eliminate work requirements for eligible students; provide the maximum SNAP benefit per household, for up to two months; and extend the SNAP certification period by 90 days.
The Legislature passed the COVID-19 relief package that temporarily lifts work requirements and lifetime limits for families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, formerly cash welfare). Apply here.
Small Businesses wishing to apply for the grants must meet the following conditions to qualify:
- Have 0-3 employees
- Have less than $250,000 in annual revenue (approximately $35k-$45k in net profits)
- Priority will be placed on business owners with children under 18 at home
- Families reliant on the business as their sole income
- Only one application per business will be accepted for the Small Business Relief Fund
Non-Profits Impacted By COVID-19
PANDEMIC / COVID-19 Information
https://youtu.be/OOJqHPfG7pA - What is coronavirus, novel COVID-19?
The National Guard are now activated in Arizona.
According to Ducey's letter (see below), the Guard mission would include:
- Providing protective equipment to health care workers
- Hauling food and other necessities to grocery stores
- Running coronavirus test sites
- Building field hospitals, including “fallback facilities” with high flow oxygen capacity.
- Organizing reserve medical providers and volunteers
- Helping local law enforcement
Federal law doesn’t bar the National Guard, with a governor’s authorization, from providing law enforcement in its home state.
Under Ducey’s request, the Guard deployment would last 6 months, into September.
COVID-19 & Jails
Maricopa County Jails and COVID-19 Prevention information found here.
Inmate Release amid COVID-19 information found here.
If you need assistance finding food, paying house bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, dial 211, search on the homepage of 211Arizona.com or download the 211 Arizona app. Visit the Contact Us page to learn more.