COVID-19 Economic Aid Resources
Our nation’s small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.
To learn more about the relief options available for your business, click HERE.
Mortgage Help For Homeowners Impacted By The Coronavirus
There are hardship programs in place to help homeowners who have been directly or indirectly affected by the coronavirus and are struggling to make their mortgage payments. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), encourages homeowners adversely impacted by the coronavirus who are having difficulty paying their mortgages to reach out to their mortgage servicers as soon as possible. As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau advises, “you can find the number for your mortgage servicer on your monthly mortgage statement or coupon book.”
Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance
The first step renters should take if they are concerned about paying their rent or facing eviction is to contact their on-site manager or lease agent by phone or email right away to let them know if you may need rental assistance or a payment plan for your next monthly rental payment. Early communication with residents and managers allows for more time to respond and explore all options.
Since Governor Ducey’s Executive Order delaying evictions for renters impacted by COVID-19, there have been a lot of questions about how it works and what it means.
FIRST – The Executive Order does not stop eviction actions. The Executive Order delays enforcement of the eviction action.
SECOND – It is VERY IMPORTANT to read all of the tips provided in the attached PDF titled “TIPS for using the attached Tenant COVID-19 Notice”.
The form and guidance were prepared by Community Legal Services but may be used by tenants throughout Arizona. (Thank you, Community Legal Services!)
Nutrition Assistance (Formerly the Food Stamp Program)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Governor Ducey and DES have submitted several requests to FNS to implement program changes to strengthen food security among Arizona families. To date, the federal agency has authorized the following changes:
- Waiving interview requirements when determining eligibility, unless more information is needed from the applicant;
- Temporarily suspending work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents participating in SNAP;
- Increasing SNAP benefits to the maximum allotment for two months due to pandemic-related economic conditions;
- Extending certification periods by 6 months for recipients due to renew benefits in March, April and May;
- Allowing participants to purchase hot and prepared food sold in grocery stores;
- And allowing for verbal attestation in place of a signature on SNAP applications when necessary.
- Arizonans currently receiving food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use benefits for online food purchases with currently-authorized SNAP online retailers, Walmart and Amazon.
DES will continue to work with federal partners to provide greater assistance to Arizona families in need. To apply for Nutrition Assistance, visit healthearizonaplus.gov or call 1-855-432-7587, 7am-6pm Monday through Friday.