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COVID-19

We hope this resource is helpful to you and are committed to updating it regularly. Should you come across credible information you think should be added please reply to this email and send it along. As you do your research, please choose your information wisely and reference more than one source as there is a lot of false and misleading information circulating.

As a former congressional staff member, I know how important it is for constituents to have access to reliable information and resources. That is why we have developed this COVID-19 resource center to aggregate publicly available useful information we have come across for your use and will continually update it with the most important information from reliable sources.

A crisis brings out the best in us and focuses attention on the things most important to us – the health and welfare of our family, loved ones, friends. Reach out to those you love, your neighbors and check periodically. Facetime, text, start a message group to help stay connected. Follow all guidance, stay in place, social distancing and other instructions from your federal, state, and local officials.

Let’s all do our part to #flattenthecurve and #slowthespread.

COVID-19 Resources

Food Security

  • Arizona has announced a plan to provide Meal Replacement Benefits to households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.
  • Here is information on where you can locate meals to go for children under 18 years old throughout COVID-19.
  • Home Delivered Meals for Seniors: City of Phoenix Home delivered meal programThe City of Phoenix Human Services Department provides home-delivered meals for elderly and disabled Phoenix residents, through a contracted meal provider, and is funded in part by the Area Agency on Aging, Region One.
  • Food and nutrition assistance: Food stamps, Medicaid (AHCCCS) and cash assistance.
  • Community Action Agencies (CAA) – Services include rental assistance and general casework
  • Find Meals on Wheels Near You: Meals on Wheels operates in virtually every community in America through our network of more than 5,000 independently-run local programs.
  • Take advantage of food takeout opportunities, including app-based delivery of food from locally-owned restaurants.
  • Get informed on COVID-19 and create a plan for your household.
  • Food Banks – The Arizona Food Bank Network is a good source for local food banks near you including St. Mary’s Food Bank open and operating and serving the needs of our community during this extraordinary time. Volunteer help if you are able and willing.
  • If you learn of any person living in Maricopa County age 60+ who may be anxious about shopping for groceries; who may be in need of a food box/home-delivered meals/pet food or just a welfare check, please let me know or contact the Area Agency’s 24-Hour Senior Help Line at 602-264-4357.

Government

  • Governor Ducey Issues Stay At Home Order– “Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” – that’s what the Governor is asking Arizonians to do in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • CARES ACT: NPR summary of the CARES ACT – which includes emergency grants and the main features of small business loans that include loan forgiveness.
  • Centralized AZ Updates: Office 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.
  • Unemployment/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.
    • 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.

Small Business

Schools & Education

  • Student loans can be paused through September 30th- Learn more here
  • 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.

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.

Latest COVID-19 Update from Muncipalities located in AZ CD6