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“Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” – that’s what the state is asking of fellow Arizonans in the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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Many Maricopa Schools schools are serving free grab and go meals during the COVID-19 outbreak. Children and teens ages 18 and younger can receive free meals at participating locations throughout the state. You can get meals from any site, find one close to you. The schools are currently projected to remain open for free meals Monday through Friday, 10AM - 12PM, until May 22. Adult meals can be purchased for $3.50. Participating schools:
- Casa Blanca Elementary School
- Desert Wind Middle School
- Maricopa Elementary School
- Maricopa High School
- Maricopa Wells Middle School
- Pima Butte Elementary School
- Saddleback Elementary School
- Santa Cruz Elementary School
- Santa Rosa Elementary School
Arizona Hunger Hotline
1 (800) 445-1914
Pinal Gila Council for Senior Citizens, Area Agency on Aging - Meals on Wheels
8969 W. McCartney Road, Casa Grande, 85194-7432
Special Needs Registry
Special Needs Registry is a free and voluntary service that provides special assistance during emergency and disasters.
The registry helps Maricopa emergency responders and police better assist residents with special needs in the event of an emergency. It provides first responders vital information regarding a participant’s disability, health and medical information, emergency contacts and other relevant information. Through the program, dispatchers can offer police and other emergency responders important information needed to successfully interact and engage the registry participant. Learn more about the program here.
You Are Not Alone (YANA) Program
Being alone is one of the greatest fears senior adults have as they grow older. YANA can save lives and help individuals with limited mobility.
This is a free service where trained volunteers perform home visits, regular phone calls and referrals to community resourcse, providing comfort and peace of mind to older adults and individuals with limited mobility or who have suffered an accident or fallen sick. You may learn more and register for online for the service here, through the Family Advocacy Center or by calling City of Maricopa Police Department at 520-316-6800.
Employment and Financial Resources
On March 27, 2020, the H.R. 748, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. In general, Arizona's share of funding was estimated based on previous program allocations (for existing federal programs) or based on Arizona's share of the national population.
- Taxpayers below certain income thresholds will receive one-time direct payments from the federal government.
- Single filers with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of less than $75,000 on TY 2019 filings will receive a one-time payment of $1,200. Joint filers with AGI of less than $150,000 on TY 2019 filings will receive a one-time check of $2,400 plus an additional $500 per dependent child.
- For each $100 in income over these limits, payments are reduced by $5. As a result, there would be no payments for single filers with AGI above $99,000 and joint filers with AGI above $198,000.
View of summary of the CARES Act here.
On March 18, 2020, the H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law. The legislation seeks to assist employees impacted by COVID-19 and guarantees free coronavirus testing, establishes paid leave, enhances Unemployment Insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding . This bill applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees.
FFCRA requires certain employers to provide employees with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Provisions apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020 (U.S. Department of Labor).
FFCRA also includes provisions addressing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which are implemented through the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES). Our area DES office is located in Casa Grande at 555 W. Main Ave. Casa Grande, AZ 85122, and may be reached at 855-432-7587.
View H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act here.
Visit the U.S. Department of Labor site here or call 1-866-487-9243 to learn more.
Questions may be directed to the Department of Labor Phoenix District Office at 602-514-7100 or:
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
230 N. First Ave. Ste 402
Phoenix, AZ 85003-1725
Applicants can apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits online at www.AZUI.com anytime between 12:00am on Sunday through 6:00pm on Friday, or call 1 (877) 600-2722 to submit an application over the phone. Click here to learn more about how to apply for unemployment.
Looking for companies hiring right now? Click here for Arizona employers with immediate job openings.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act make several revisions to the unemployment insurance program administered by the Department of Economic Security. This summary includes a brief background description of Arizona's unemployment insurance program, and then summarizes changes to the program implemented in the CARES Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.