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Assistance, including housing, from Chicanos Por La Causa.

Some of the main goals of the Arizona and Nevada Chicanos Por La Causa is to help prevent homelessness and also rehouse those that need a place to live. They pay particular attention to senior citizens and families that are working to obtain self-sufficiency and stability. Some examples of the resources may be low income or transitional housing as well as referrals to grant programs for paying rent.

Another goal of the non-profit is to help individuals either find a job, or increase their skills and therefore income. So the agency administers job training and other self-sufficiency services, such as credit counseling and more. Case managers from Chicanos Por La Causa are dedicated to assisting the less fortunate and working poor.

As a HUD or US Housing and Urban Development approved counseling agency operating in Maricopa and Clark County, they are involved in the development of affordable housing in both urban and rural communities in Arizona. These units can help the less fortunate or formerly homeless.

CPLC continues to expand available programs and opportunities for providing affordable low income apartments or housing for low to moderate-income families. The services from the agency also furnish clients with the tools, education and skills needed to make sound decisions, maintain stability, and identify affordable housing options for those that need it. The main programs touch upon the following.

Assistance, including referrals to financial aid or emergency loans, is offered for a variety of existing housing issues, including mortgage delinquency, landlord-tenant conflicts, pending foreclosure, back rent owed to landlords, and incidents of fraud.

Maricopa County families can enroll into Homebuyer Education classes that provide essential information. Clients can get help in finding and learning about the homebuying process in regard to opportunities and responsibilities required.

Chicanos Por La Causa will also offer pre-purchase counseling as part of the HUD process. This is used to assess a client's existing financial circumstances and determine the appropriate course of action to remedy any issues. Counseling serves as a pre-requisite for decreasing any risk of foreclosure, obtaining an affordable yet properly structured mortgage loan; and increasing the chances for success in maintaining the home.




To expand on that, the Self-Help Housing Program takes a unique approach to assisting low-income families with the home-purchase process, using a unique approach. SHHP families work as teams on mutual self-help projects, doing necessary repairs or home construction tasks for each other, and really helping Maricopa County people with saving money.

Tasks as part of Self-Help include painting; applying siding; framing walls and installing trusses, sheetrock, windows, doors, insulation, countertops, and cabinets. The reduction in labor costs is dramatic and these savings allow families who are unable to purchase homes through conventional methods to own their own place. Not only that, but the HUD agency may have subsidies may be available for those who cannot meet their mortgage payments during the construction phase.

The goal of the Terri Cruz Social Service Program is to help tenants. It works by stopping evictions, homelessness, or addressing people that owe a debilitating amount of debt. This is an assistance program that is strictly for individuals and families who are struggling with funeral expenses resulting from the unexpected death of an immediate family member. The program provides one-time emergency financial assistance with rental costs, funeral expenses, mortgage costs, and utility bill payments, and this is done to offset the loss of income that a family may be faced with.

In partnership with a government agencies and charities, CPLC has made it a priority to work to expand affordable housing options for the elderly and senior citizens in Maricopa County and across Arizona. They also offer advice, financial aid and other supportive services.

This effort from Chicanos Por La Causa provides very low-income elderly residents with options that allow them to live independently in a pleasant environment, with support services that include cooking, transportation, medication management, cleaning and recreation. Currently, the non-profit operates a few complexes where hundreds of seniors and their spouses enjoy the benefits of having quality, affordable housing in a safe environment.

CPLC’s Elderly Programs and Services, located in the Senior Center at the Casa de Primavera Senior Housing Community, is focused on the meeting the social and nutritional needs of the elderly. Available programming includes the following.





Case Management from the service coordinator directly addresses the needs of the residents, facilitating active communication between social workers, health care workers, the senior client, family members, and the management team.

Home delivered and Congregate Meals are served in a group setting at the Casa De Primavera Senior Center for seniors or the homebound who may not be able to prepare meals for themselves. Besides providing a hot, nutritious meal, congregate meals give seniors the opportunity to socialize with their peers. Also, this is combined with the home-Delivered Meals Program. For more information, please contact the Casa De Primavera Senior Center at 602-272-0054.

CPLC de Colores, which is operated by the agency, is the only domestic violence shelter in the Phoenix and Tucson area to exclusively offer a bilingual and bicultural environment for women, including single moms, and their children who have been forced to flee abusive situations.

Programs for employment and educational needs

The goal of the Early Childhood Development Program, or ECD, is to provide developmentally appropriate services for children and their families from the prenatal months to the age of five years. It touches upon food, meals, and more. This is accomplished by supporting the child care and/or educational needs of each family and promoting family self-sufficiency.

Job seekers or the underemployed in Maricopa County can explore the CPLC Workforce Development Center. The mission is to provide services that strengthen the local workforce and help clients achieve stability. It meets this goal by helping the unemployed or underemployed clients improve their quality of life by helping them find gainful employment.

The on-site resource room provides access to self-service, Internet-ready computers, current job listings including job fair information, access to a fax machine, telephones, and assistance with resume creation. There is also a bilingual staff that is highly trained and motivated to help customers with all aspects of obtaining and keeping jobs, both in Nevada and Arizona.

Other free services include occupational training, job placement, General Educational Development (GED) classes, and support services. In addition, WDC works closely with a large network of local employers in Maricopa as well as Maricopa County to meet their recruiting and hiring needs, and this makes for a wide array of part and full time employment opportunities for participants.




Immigrants can benefit from the Chicanos Por La Causa Family Immigration Services Department as well. This offers comprehensive immigration-related case management services at affordable rates to the low income that qualify. This is available in Maricopa, Pima County, and the Las Vegas region. Thoroughly trained staff and case managers works hard to provide the services and support necessary.

The main address is 1112 E. Buckeye Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85034. For more information on the agency or referrals to other resources, call 602-257-0700. Other offices are at 2550 E. Fort Lowell Road, Tucson, Arizona 85716, (call 520.882.0018) as well as Clark County Nevada site is at 601 S. 10th Street, Ste 105, Las Vegas, NV 89101, dial 702.207.1614.


By Jon McNamara

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