The Census Bureau put Somerton's official population at 14,197 people, not the 20,000 that the mayor expected.
Government agencies in Arizona have only distributed 17% of federal funds made available for emergency rental assistance.
Gilbert Public Schools will lay off 152 teachers amid declining enrollment and a looming financial cliff brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of Congress have proposed new relief packages, but they don’t address all of the protections set to end Dec. 31.
Pleas for help have gone largely unanswered thus far, even though a lack of action could lead to steep cuts in state and local services such as education, housing, and health programs