Arizona has been hit hard by the weak economy and the housing crisis. Several local non-profit organizations and charities are helping residents who need aid. Also, if for some reason these organizations do not have funding available, or do not offer the exact type of assistance that someone needs, then these organizations can refer people to other government programs or local agencies. Get information on services and resources they offer.
A short drive to nearby Tucson sits St Elizabeth’s Health Center. This health center was started back in the 1960s. It provides medical, dental and free or discounted health care for the uninsured, people with limited insurance or incomes, and the under served in the local community, including Pinal County. The amount of help they provide is extensive, and it is increasing. St. Elizabeth’s serves over 20,000 patients each year of all ages who do not have medical and/or dental insurance, or who otherwise can’t afford to pay for their hospital or medical bills. The fee structure at St. Elizabeth’s operates on a sliding scale fee basis with volunteer physicians and dentists available to help keep the costs of care affordable. If you can’t afford to pay anything, then your health care will be free. They also partner with many other local community hospitals and organizations to assure that patients who need medical and/or dental care will have access to the services they need in the area. Dial 520-628-7871, or find more more clinics in Pinal County.
Fast and Indispensable Temporary Help Ministries, Inc. administers programs that provide crisis grants. People who are facing an eviction, who may be in immediate danger of having their electricity, gas, or water turned off, who are in arrears on home payments or their rent may be able to receive a grant to make it through a short term financial hardship. Food and other services are run too. Call them at 520-413-7889 to learn more or apply for help, or read more FAITH programs.
Another charity that may be able to help in these emergencies is the Pinal County Salvation Army. Call them at (520) 421-4480. They also offer funds to help people make it through an emergency. They can help someone pay their rent, provide for prescription medications, a mortgage payment, provide access to health care, or other aid. Click here for more information on case management and social services.
Pio Decimo Center Housing and Family Services provides several programs and services to help people deal with mortgage problems, or individuals who are facing an eviction from their apartment. The organization realizes how important it is to ensure that families and individuals have their basic needs met, including food, housing, shelter, clothing, and safety.
Professional housing counselors provide assistance and access to services to facilitate housing assistance, including foreclosure counseling for anyone needing help as a home owner in trouble with or facing a mortgage default or foreclosure, they can help currently homeless families by providing transitional housing for homeless families, offer senior housing for low-income seniors, and can help renters who need help with a landlord. In addition, families who are living in transitional housing can receive free case management and seniors receive a number of supportive services that includes a weekly wellness check for those who need it. But the support doesn’t end with housing aid. Last, but not least, emergency food boxes, household supplies, and clothing are available every day year round, at no cost, for individuals and families. 520-622-2801.
A few different agencies both rehouse the homeless as well as provide assistance to stop evictions or foreclosures. Many of the people applying for a grant to pay their rent, legal aid, or counseling have never struggled before and also have a source of income. All solutions are explored, and rent or deposit help may be available for seniors, immigrants, the disabled and others. More on Pinal County homeless prevention.
The local community action agency administers several assistance programs. The services they offer include: They can be reached at (520) 466-1112.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, located in Casa Grande Arizona (phone (520) 836-2009) provides food and a clothing pantry, as well as information on local services and assistance programs.
Tri-Community Food Bank Financial Assistance – This local non-profit organization may offer occasional assistance for paying rent and utility bill payments. This can include water bills, gas, heating, and other energy type expenses. However the main service is free food for struggling families, the unemployed, immigrants and others. The main office is at 108 Redwood Dr, Mammoth, Arizona 85618, call (520) 487-2010. Or read Tri-Community Food Bank programs.
The Salvation Army of Apache Junction Arizona – Low income and people facing a crisis can get emergency assistance, which includes groceries, food boxes, prescription payment assistance, clothing and furniture, and cash for paying rent and utility bill payment assistance. One center is at 605 E Broadway Ave, Apache Junction, AZ 85119-5214, phone (480) 982-4110. Click here for more information on Salvation Army.
PPEP Human Services Department – Eloy – Emergency financial assistance for paying rent and utilities is offered to Pinal County families. Also a great place for referrals for other needed services and public assistance programs.
Pinal County low income families and the unemployed can get information on other aid too, which may be job placement and One Stop Centers. Homeless prevention programs from PPEP may include landlord/tenant mediation or emergency financial aid for rent or paying deposits. Information on vocational training, SSI, and more is available. Eloy, Arizona 85131, phone (520) 466-7076. Read more PPEP Human Services.
Social services from DES can help those that are struggling. There is assistance for the unemployed, very low income, disabled, and elderly, among others. The government organizations can provide grants as part of Short Term Crisis aid, food stamps, vouchers to pay for child care, and utility bill assistance from LIHEAP.
There are also several public benefits focused on the disabled or the elderly. This includes help in applying for SSI or free meals for seniors in Pinal County. DES also coordinate resources for caregivers and can address employment issues in the community. Read Pinal County DES.
Chandler Community Action Program - Provides services including case management for low income families in the community. Homeless families and individuals may also be able to access resources. Some of the assistance offered for people in crisis situations includes utility bill assistance for those with shut off notices, emergency rental payment assistance for people with eviction notices, one-time- medical prescription assistance, emergency food and weatherization. Programs may also be able to assist with air conditioning repairs or maintenance during the summer for those low income individuals who cannot afford to pay for the repairs themselves. Address is 650 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, Arizona 85225-6713, dial (480) 963-4321, or locate more Arizona public assistance.
East Valley Partners in Caring – Financial assistance is limited, and will only pay for utilities. Emergency food boxes are also provided. Location of the non-profit is 5946 E University Dr, Victory Lutheran Church, Mesa, AZ 85205-7435, call (480) 654-4539.
Community Action Human Resources Agency – The non-profit also provides services for low-income and homeless individuals and families, and is similar to the community action agency above. Services include rent or mortgage payment assistance, energy bill assistance, foreclosure mitigation counseling, emergency food boxes, job related transportation, advocacy, information and referral, case management, transitional housing, weatherization, home repair, and prepurchase housing counseling. The mailing address is 109 N Sunshine Blvd, Eloy, Arizona 85131-2512, phone (520) 466-1112
Local clothing closets and thrift stores assist families of all income levels. When a Pinal County family is very low income, they may be given free clothes, furniture, appliances, diapers, school supplies, and more. Others that can afford it will be able to shop for gently used items at a moderate price. More free clothing closets in Pinal County.
Pinal County Catholic Charities - This agency supports the low income in Pima County and surrounding areas. Some of the programs offered can help with housing, rent, and provide medial care. The organization will also try to ensure people deal with the causes of their hardship, so the charity provides credit counseling, debt reduction, foreclosure, and budgeting advice. Some financial assistance for bills and basic needs may be provided. Learn more.
Help around the holidays - No matter the clients age, race, or religion, if they are struggling for a short period of time or living near poverty levels, assistance may be provided. Everything from free Christmas toys for kids to meals at Thanksgiving, Easter, and other major holidays are provided. Some charities in Pinal County even deliver goods to seniors or the elderly. Learn more.
Save the Family Transitional Housing can provide recently evicted and homeless families with short term transitional housing. The non-profit promotes self-sufficiency in clients through job training, education, or counseling. Learn about security deposit programs too when you need to move into a new home. Address is 450 W 4th Pl, Mesa, Arizona 85201-5300.
Lutheran Social Services - This is the local Pinal County organization, however they are part of a larger, national charity organization. While the focus is on homeless prevention and housing solutions (such as rent assistance or foreclosure counseling) in general Lutheran Services and their churches can do much more. Services can help with employment, food, basic needs, shelter, and other aid. Click here.
East Valley Adult Resources can help residents over the age of 55. They operate low income housing and apartments, coordinate free home delivered meals, and a food pantry/feeding site is available. Also get access to outreach, home care and linkage to financial aid programs, including loans, in Pinal County. 45 W. University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201, phone: 480-964-9014
Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens is also for seniors and the elderly in Pinal County Arizona. The non-profit may have referrals to government benefits such as Medicare or LIHEAP, in home services, meals, and much more for seniors and their care takers. They can also help seniors facing homelessness or address medical needs. 8969 W. McCartney Rd., Casa Grande, AZ 85194, 520-836-2758
Southern Arizona Legal Aid - Offers a wide variety of free civil legal services to qualified low-income persons, including public government benefits, foreclosure assistance, and landlord / renter issues. Casa Grande. Call (520) 316-8076, or learn more on Arizona legal assistance.
A few of the leading food pantries are below. They can provide meals, groceries, holiday assistance and gifts, and much more to the low income, seniors, and unemployed in the region. If these centers are out of resources or can’t meet your needs, then families have other non-profits to try. There are also food programs such as low cost Meals on Wheels and WIC vouchers for baby formula. Find more Pinal County food banks.
Mountain View Family Church - 480-415-9814. San Tan Valley Arizona.
Seeds of Hope, Inc. - Casa Grande. (520)836-6335
The Lord`s Pantry - Provides emergency food boxes. Call the Eloy Arizona based agency.
Superior Food Bank, Inc. - 520-827-9116
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