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Cochise County assistance programs.

Find where and how to get free food, financial help for bills (rent, electric, etc.) as well as government assistance in Cochise County. Low income families, the disabled, elderly, and less fortunate can be given either (1) free stuff or (2) grants to help them from charities, churches, or DES. Another major focus is on ensuring children, students, and kids get when they need for school or the “season”, such as back to school supplies or Christmas gifts, or that new parents get support then need. Even find free diaper banks near you.

Not only may emergency financial help be given for basic needs, but there is also free health care for the uninsured as well as dental care. Or get hot meals from a soup kitchen and more, most of these are volunteer driven programs.

Find financial assistance programs, counseling, and other aid

One of the leading non-profit agencies to contact is Catholic Community Services of Cochise County. This organization partners and works closely with dozens of local charities and non-profits to help people pay bills, offer counseling, and other forms of assistance. The services and resources they offer include Dental Care, Counseling, or Rent and Mortgage Help. There is also free Credit and Debt counseling, Tax Return Preparation, Transportation Assistance, and much more. Call the non-profit at 1-800-234-0344.

Bisbee Catholic Charities also supports the entire county and SE Arizona region. While a number of resources are offered for senior citizens (such as meals, transportation, and housing) several other assistance programs are administered to the low income. These include basic needs and emergency assistance from Pio Decimo Center Housing, clothing, and medical bill assistance/health care. Referrals and other guidance is offered too. More on Cochise Catholic Charity assistance programs.

Some other local non-profits in Bisbee and Cochise County that may be able to direct people to financial assistance programs for utility bills, rent, prescriptions, and other expenses include Salvation Army (520-364-4005) as well as Society of St. Vincent de Paul (520-364-7573).




Tombstone Sacred Heart Church may have limited amounts of financial assistance for expenses such as gasoline, rent, or utility bills. Other aid includes food and medical equipment, such as walkers, canes, and wheelchairs. (520) 457-3364

Saint Jude Catholic Church – When faced with a crisis, this church may be able to help with rent and energy bills. Clothing for work or school, as well as food and meals are distributed too. Pearce, AZ based. Call (520) 826-3869

SouthEastern Arizona Community Action Program has locations is Bisbee and Willcox. The non-profit provides cash assistance and grants for paying electricity and gas bills. Other energy needs that can be addressed include repair or replacement of appliances and home repairs which increase energy efficiency.

Other support from SACAC may include funds to pay rent, and these grants may be offered to families if they are faced with an eviction. Other aid includes case management to help people become self-sufficient, as well as assistance and advice in applying for public benefits (such as food stamps), and referrals to additional services. Call (520) 432-5401 or (520) 384-3120, or more on Southeastern Arizona Community Action Program.

DES (Department of Economic Security) is another option. Many families that use SACA in Cochise County may also benefit from public aid. There is everything from SNAP food stamps to Medicaid applications, disability grants, cash aid (TANF), as well as other benefits for the poor, low income, and struggling. The staff can provide more information on resources. Click here for more information on public and government aid in Arizona.

Saint Andrew the Apostle – Offers emergency financial assistance with prescriptions and utilities. The low income may also get shelter, transportation, and household items. 616 Bartow Dr, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635-1812, main number (520) 458-0500





Cochise PPEP Human Services is a community action type agency focused on the low income, immigrants, and seniors. A number of emergency assistance programs are administered along with self-sufficiency and case management. Most of the aid is from referrals.

The organization can help with housing needs in the form of counseling or maybe funds for paying rent, utility bills, mortgage, a security or reconnection deposit. Or meet with a PPEP specialist to get information on public aid such as food stamps, TANF, or federal job training. Much more is available too in the county. Continue with PPEP Human Services.

Saint Bernard's Church provides food boxes with turkeys for Christmas or Thanksgiving meals. Some electric bill help may be available too. (520) 364-2762

Douglas Saint Vincent de Paul – Partners with Saint Luke's and Immaculate Conception Catholic Churches to provide financial assistance, groceries, and clothing. They are part of the SVDP charity organization. Call (520) 364-7573, or find a St. Vincent de Paul near you.

Sierra Vista Salvation Army Corps Community Center - People with disabilities, seniors, those facing a crisis and older adults can apply for financial assistance. Hot meals, food, and brown bag suppers are distributed too. (520) 459-8411. Read more on Arizona Salvation Army.

Sacred Heart Church in Tombstone Arizona. Call (520) 457-3364. Limited emergency financial assistance for paying for expenses such as gasoline, utilities and rent is offered to the needy. Other aid includes hygiene supplies and food.

St Vincent De Paul in Benson Arizona can provide clothing, food boxes, limited traveler's assistance, and small household items. Emergency financial assistance can be paid for rent and utilities. The Address is 181 S. Patagonia Benson, AZ, or call (520(-586-9438.

Rent and mortgage default assistance is available as well to struggling tenants as well as homeowners. Counselors from Pio Decimo provide resources and services to low income and other individuals to help facilitate as well as apply for assistance programs. They offer services including senior housing for low-income seniors, transitional housing for homeless families, rent and housing counseling for anyone considering a new or used home purchase.

In addition, you can also meet with a housing counselor if you are a home owner who is in trouble with mortgage default or if you are facing a foreclosure filing. They can direct you to programs such as the Arizona hardest hit fund. They also provide help to renters who need assistance with a landlord. Dial 520-622-2801.

Several other government agencies and non-profits also offer emergency rent help and eviction prevention services. Offices are located across Cochise County, and thousands receive advice or financial assistance every year. Locate rent assistance agencies in Cochise County. Find their addresses, phone numbers, and conditions that need to be met in order to receive assistance.

Budgeting, financial education, and credit counseling

Pio Decimo is a non-profit agency that helps people get back on track. They offer a program that provides qualified individuals with free tax preparation through an IRS trained volunteer staff, advice and counselors assist families with developing household budgets, manage and eliminate debt, and encourages long-term savings and self-sufficiency through matched savings accounts using tax refund dollars to help people get started. Phone 520-622-2801





Cochise County Arizona free food pantries

Valley Food Bank may have meals and food on site. (520) 642-3749

Douglas Area Food Bank, Inc. – The needy can get up to one food box every 3 months. Distributes government commodities as well as baked goods, produce, and other food items each weekday morning a first-come, first-served basis, until it is gone. Dial (520) 364-4170 for hours.

Food Bank of Tombstone – Clothing, food, and shoes are offered to the needy. (520) 457-3681

Bisbee Food Bank/Loaves and Fishes can help those if you have a referral from a local non-profit agency or church. You can get a free food box. 1056 Hwy 92, New Life Assembly of God, Bisbee, AZ 85603-1153, phone (520) 432-3872

Community Food Pantry of Benson Arizona – The Food Plus for Seniors program provides a monthly supplement of low cost or free groceries for people on low income and who are age 60 and older. (520) 586-9208

Wynne Chapel provides monthly food boxes and commodities distribution to the working poor and people in need. 374 E Richland Way, Cochise, Arizona 85606-8535, dial (520) 826-3353

Free medical and dental services in Cochise County

Stop by or contact St. Elizabeth's Health Center for medical or dental care. The facility is a faith-based community health clinic that cares for people regardless of faith. They offer health care services for both the uninsured and underinsured patients Bisbee and Cochise County region. For almost 50 years St. Elizabeth's has served individuals and families of all ages who need access to medical and/or dental services and help with their bills.

St. Elizabeth's charges patient fees and bases their hospital bills on a sliding scale according to what patients can afford to pay for their medical bills. The health care clinic works closely with a large number of volunteer health care providers including nurses, doctors, dentists, behavioral health professionals, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals. Dial (520) 628-7871

In addition to the center above (as well as below), many residents in Cochise County lack both basic health as well as dental insurance. There are regional and federal government qualified health and dental centers that can help them, whether they are immigrants, unemployed, low income or just struggling. Exams, emergency surgery (dental as well as physical) medications as well as other care can be given. Locater free clinics in Arizona for the low income.

Chiricahua Community Health Centers Clinic – Services include medical and preventive care for adults and children. Includes assistance such as diabetes management program and well-woman check-ups. Offers support for people with HIV/AIDS. Also provides evaluation and medication treatment and behavioral health services. In Bisbee call (520) 432-3309 or in Elfrida dial (520) 642-2222.







Douglas Family Health Clinic - Provides affordable medical services including offering primary health care for infants, children, and adults. Some examples of the services include immunizations, treatment of acute and chronic disease, free blood pressure screening, non-emergency trauma, well-baby check-ups, lung function testing, and EKG's. Also provides sports and school physicals. 1101 San Antonio Ave, Douglas, Arizona 85607-2419, dial (520) 364-1194

Tombstone Family Health Clinic – Another local medical center. Call (520) 457-2374 for information and intake.


By Jon McNamara











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