Let’s Make Sure You’re Taken Care Of
There’s a lot of new developments happening with the COVID-19 outbreak every day, but before we get into all that, we want to let you know what resources are available to help you during this crisis.
Things can feel pretty uncertain right now, which is why we’ve compiled a list of assistance available to help with rent, employment, child care – you name it.
How to Apply For Unemployment Insurance
If you’ve been laid off, got your hours cut, or just aren’t bringing home as much money due to the coronavirus, chances are you qualify for unemployment insurance. Read up on how to apply here, then click here to get your application started.
Here’s Who’s Hiring
Grocers, healthcare providers, and government agencies have job openings they need filled immediately. Check out this list to see what’s available.
Worried About Rent? There’s Help For That Too
A new program to prevent renters from getting evicted starts March 30. You’ll be able to apply for assistance through the state housing department’s website.
And don’t worry, homeowners – foreclosure prevention is also available.
Economic Disaster Loans for Small Business
Arizona business owners with less than 500 employees can apply for low-interest loans so they can weather the economic storm of this health crisis. Non-profits and faith-based organizations are also eligible for loans; anyone interested can apply here.
Resources for Kids
Schools are closed for the rest of the school year, and educators and school staff are working harder to make sure Arizona kids are taken care of. Free breakfast and lunch is available for pickup to anyone under 18 at any of the locations listed here.
Childcare facilities are also still operating, and are following strict public health guidelines. The Boys and Girls Club has multiple locations open throughout the state, and a list of other providers is being updated regularly by the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence.
A free childcare program will also be available for parents and guardians classified as essential workers – details will be available here when they become available.
Local Shops Are Closed Temporarily. Let’s Make Sure It’s Not Permanent.
Locally-owned businesses are doing their part to keep us healthy. Here’s some ways you can do your part to make sure they reopen when this pandemic is over:
- The creators of Arizona Restaurant Week are compiling a running list of places offering delivery and takeout. When you’re feeling hungry but don’t want to cook, use this list to find a place to order from.
- If you’re not a fan of takeout, you can still support all the bartenders, servers, dishwashers, and kitchen staff whose hours have been cut. Find someone on Service Workers Virtual Tip Jar and let them know their work is appreciated.
- Music venues like Crescent Ballroom, the Marquee Theatre, and the Rhythm Room have set up fundraisers to support their staff until they can reopen. Phoenix New Times has a great list of fundraisers you can contribute to.
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