For questions about public policy like, "What is Arizona doing about testing?" or "Have you seen this report (or website)?" CLICK HERE to see my blog post about that.
For answers to your questions about health and financial support See below. Para informacion en Espanol haz clic aquí.
1. Johns Hopkins University and Medicine -
How long can the virus live on surfaces? If my family member is sick, exactly how do we quarantine? and more very useful explanations
2. Arizona Department of Health Services - includes state related information about the illness and where to get a test.
Click here for ADHS counts of Arizona confirmed cases of COVID-19, FAQs, news releases, and much more.
Hotline - 1-844-542-8201
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - federal information on the COVID-19 crisis.
Click Here for CDC Coronavirus explanations, prevention and treatment, symptoms, FAQs and more.
4. World Health Organization - Worldwide data and technical guidance
Click here for WHO Coronavirus travel advice , Mythbusters, and more
Housing, Food, and Necessities:
5. Unemployment Insurance - Food Stamps - Childcare Assistance and more:
AZ Department of Economic Security (DES) Services –
Click here for DES help and explanations
These services include unemployment insurance benefits, services for the developmentally disabled, the Arizona early intervention program, cash, medical and nutrition assistance (food stamps), child care assistance, short-term crisis service, mortgage assistance, and more.
DES is here to help you and your family. Supporting those in need helps every single Arizonan because it helps to keep our economy stable.
6. HEALTHCARE / Medicaid - Health-e-Arizona PLUS –
Click here for AHCCCS and more: Online application for nutrition assistance (food stamps), Medicaid (AHCCCS) and cash assistance.
Telephone assistance for the application - 1-855-432-7587
7. Utility Shut-offs - Food Banks - Rent and Mortgage Payments:
Arizona 211 – Just pick up your phone and dial 2-1-1. or use the website.
For deaf consumers, call through Video Relay Service, at 877-211-8661
EVICTIONS - delayed. By Executive order, Gov. Ducey prohibits enforcing evictions from March 24, and 120 days afterward.
Click to see the Executive Orders.
Eviction assistance – Click Here for the Arizona Department of Housing. They offer limited eviction assistance in certain zip codes.
Arizona landlord/tenant program – Click Here for The landlord tenant program provided through the City of Phoenix.
Or you can talk to a real person on the phone: 602-534-4444 ext. 2
8. Community Action Agencies (CAA) – Rental assistance, FOOD BANKS, Counselors to help your figure out Food Stamps, Unemployment Insurance, etc.
Food banks, Rent Assistance, Shelters, Community Food Gardens, and more:
CHANDLER - Click here for CAA - Counselors to help you navigate DES and all the programs; see "Benefits Connection"
MESA - Click here for CAA - employment and career counseling; domestic violence help; housing and shelter, and more
PHOENIX - click here for CAA - Landlord-Tenant counseling about eviction prevention; Social services; and more
TEMPE - click here for CAA - Community Action Agency - 2146 E. Apache Blvd, Tempe AZ
Maricopa County CAA - Senior services for aged; home repair; find a job; Head Start Programs for children; and more
9. For Seniors and ELDERLY: Area Agency on Aging
Click here for AAA - Medicare help, meals, caregiver support and more
Scams are all over. Anybody going door to door offering free Coronavirus testing or supplies should be treated with great caution. Ask to see their ID.
The Senior Help Line – For Arizona’s seniors and elderly. The hotline operates 24/7 and has a great library of resources
24 hours every day: Hotline Number - 602-264-4357
10. Food banks – Click here for the Arizona Food Bank Network.
11. Utilities and bill pay – Many utilities are offering assistance with bills including delayed shut offs for people who can’t afford to pay. You will need to call each specific company and inquire about what may be available to assist you.
Click for SRP - 602-236-8888
Click for APS - 602-371-7171
EDUCATION INFORMATION AND FOOD SERVICES THROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
12. Public Schools –
Click here for the AZ Department of Education - guidance for parents and schools
All public schools in District 18 are providing food services for any child under 18 years old. Please see specific district websites for details:
13. LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 18 PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT INFORMATION click the name to link to the website:
OTHER GOVERNMENT RESOURCES:
14. The Governor’s Office –
Click here for Governor’s website: executive orders about COVID19, business shutdowns, and the latest actions taken
15. City of Phoenix - information about impacted services; https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054
16. Click here for Small business LOANS - "The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of COVID-19’s impact.
The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses without credit available elsewhere." Read more at the website.
17. Click here for the Arizona Commerce Authority - Manufacturing Companies that can help make essential products / Grants / SBA Disaster Relief Fund and more
18. GIG ECONOMY WORKERS: - Drivers for Uber and Lyft, AirBnB or Turo hosts ...
Click here for blog from Stride Health, scroll down to the big blocks that have links to Uber, Lyft, AirBnB and so on. The links provide a little information about sanitation. Gig economy workers do not qualify for unemployment insurance because they are not employees.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Resources:
Senators representing Arizona in the US Senate:
US Senator Sinema - https://www.sinema.senate.gov/
US Senator McSally - https://www.mcsally.senate.gov/
U.S. Congressmen serving the Arizona State Legislative District 18 area:
Congressman Greg Stanton (CD9): https://stanton.house.gov/covid-19-resources
TRUCKING and Safety on the Roadways:
We are all especially grateful to the people who are keeping our food and medical equipment supplies moving from farm and factory to people in need.
From AZ Commerce Authority website, "Truck drivers move 70 percent of the nation’s goods by weight, and are responsible for supplying stores and hospitals with necessary items. To keep up with demand, for the first time in history, hours-of-service laws were suspended at the federal level. The laws, which have been in place since 1938, mandate how many hours a truck driver may work. As of March 13, 2020 truck drivers hauling loads that support healthcare workers and access to food are exempt from the HOS laws."
MVD, my driver’s license is expiring –Here is text from the MVD website:
“Driver License renewal requirements are extended six months from the expiration date for all Arizona driver licenses and driving permits that expire between March 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020. For example, if a driver license expires on March 20, 2020, the new expiration date will be September 20, 2020. Requirements to submit a medical clearance card for a commercial driver license are extended until September 1, 2020.”