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Maricopa County assistance programs.

Learn how to get help in the Phoenix area. Tenants threatened with an eviction can get help with rent, households facing hunger can get free food from charities or churches, mortgage and security deposit payment assistance can be arranged from non-profits and and there is much more offered in Maricopa County as well. The financial aid as well as government assistance is often available for immigrants and Spanish speakers as well.

Churches and charities may offer utility bill help, free back to school supplies, affordable housing, Christmas toys, and even job programs below. There are also assistance programs for immigrants and Spanish speakers.

Get help with paying rent in Mesa

The federal government is offering rent assistance and also eviction prevention from the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. Every year millions of dollars will be made available to distribute to residents. The program provides a variety of efforts to help keep people in their homes and apartments or to put a roof over their heads if they are currently homeless.

Some of the assistance provided by the the program includes help to renters who are about to be evicted. Also funds can be used to prevent utilities from being turned off. Both short and medium term rental assistance can be offered, as well as help with security deposits, funds for moving assistance, utility bill payments, free legal support and assistance with looking for new housing or apartments.

It will not help someone pay their mortgage. And it is targeted towards lower income families and individuals. For more information, the program is being administered by Mesa's housing and rehabilitation office, and they can provide more details and you can apply there. Contact Peoria and Glendale Community Action Program at (602) 506-5911.

Mesa Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program

The city is receiving funding from this federal government program, which is aimed at stopping eviction and preventing people from becoming homeless, and will also help people find housing for those who already are.




The Mesa Housing and Revitalization Agency says that the program has helped people who are about to be evicted. It will also help people who are behind on their energy bills, and it will provide assistance if they are about to have their utilities disconnected.

Overall, the program can provide rental assistance, funds for security deposits, money for moving costs and even free legal services. Call the agency at (480) 644-3536. Locate additional Mesa rent assistance programs.

Peoria and Glendale Community Action Program (CAP)

The CAP will provide various types of programs that can help Phoenix and Maricopa families with bills, and also assistance to stop evictions, prevent homelessness, such as case management, food programs, and information and referral services. The Peoria Community Action Program will provide direct financial assistance and cash grants for those households that are eligible for assistance. What they will provide includes:

  • Rent payments that can prevent eviction from a home or apartment.
  • Utility bill payment.
  • Money for utility deposits.
  • Limited mortgage payment assistance to prevent foreclosure or eviction. Find additional ways to get mortgage assistance.
  • Money to make the first month's rent payment for those who are currently homeless.
  • Security deposit payment for those who are now homeless.
  • Information on loans for no credit applicants which can be used in a crisis.

They also offer ways to save on energy bills, such as home weatherization programs, the repair or replacements of utility related appliances, such as water heaters and furnaces, are also available to qualified families and individuals.

The offices are located at Glendale Community Action Program, 5949 W. Northern Ave., Suite 205, Glendale, AZ and Peoria Community Action Program 8335 W. Jefferson St. Peoria, AZ 85380. Phone number is (602) 506-5911. Read more Glendale Community Action Program.





Tempe Community Action Agency. (480-350-5880)

  • Emergency and Crisis Services- Individuals can get help for rent and/or utility bill assistance, access to a food pantry, gas vouchers for free gasoline, vouchers for medical appointments and discounted or free prescription drugs, telephone assistance, and weatherization programs. Click here to find additional ways to get free gasoline.
  • Basic Needs-Includes food boxes, hygiene kits, diapers, emergency shelter coordination.
  • Counseling and Service Coordination- Includes budgeting, debt assistance, life skills, self-sufficiency programs, support and health services.

Financial assistance for rent, utilities, and other aid

Agencies and charities that offer assistance with utilities and cooling bills in Maricopa County and Phoenix Arizona, and possibly other financial assistance such as rent help, include:

Tempe Salvation Army (480) 967-8649 - People in Phoenix and the local area can turn to this charity to receive money to help pay rent, energy bills, food, and even from time to time assistance for prescription medications.

Mesa Salvation Army (480-962-9103) - This branch of the Salvation Army helps thousands of families per year. They offer numerous options and solutions, including limited funds for electric bills and rent, holiday assistance, senior citizen programs, occasional vouchers for medicines, and more.

Maricopa County Salvation Army centers - There are several locations across the county, including in Phoenix and other locals. These are in addition to the Mesa and Tempe locations (see above). Some of the available programs can provide free food, holiday/Christmas gifts or meals, back to school supplies, emergency rent and utility assistance, transportation, and help to senior citizens. Case managers will do their best to meet a clients needs. More details on Salvation Army assistance in Phoenix area.

Concerned Citizens for Community Health, which can be reached at 480.312.2323 and is located in Scottsdale Arizona, can provide support for emergency services for qualified individuals for paying rent, their mortgage, and/or utility bill assistance. They also run a job preparation program and special programs for senior citizens and the elderly in the community.

Chandler Christian Community Center - Provides free food and new or gently used clothing to those in need. Dial 480.963.1423. Chandler Arizona.





Desert Mission, Inc. - This Phoenix based Arizona provides underserved and low income children, families and the elderly with services and resources. Some of the assistance programs run include a food bank, medical and dental care, and case management services to prevent child abuse and neglect. Call 602.331.5792

Labor's Community Service Agency - This non-profit organization provides basic services and assistance for people and families in need. Contact for for information and help, including affordable and transitional housing, case management, job training, career counseling, housing rehabilitation, foreclosure intervention, emergency financial assistance for bills and unexpected expenses, and a transportation program. Call 602.263.5741. Click here for additional Arizona foreclosure prevention programs.

Lutheran Social Services - This center assists with paying one month past due on rent or even a homeowners mortgage or first month's rent. Also provides utility and cooling bill payment assistance. They also administer several other emergency assistance programs and self-sufficiency. Examples include Caring Food Program, information on employment resources and programs in Phoenix, assistance for seniors, shelter, and more. Call (480) 654-4539. Or more on Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest.

Tolleson Community Services Division (phone (623) 936-7111) can assists with paying one month past due on rent or mortgage or first month's rent or security deposit.

Other possible options are.

  • Salvation Army Mesa Social Services Department (80-833-8322) and Glendale Corps (623-934-0469)
  • Community Services of Arizona (480-963-6276)
  • Chandler Community Action Program (CAP) (480-963-4321)
  • Interfaith Cooperative Ministries (602-254-7450)
  • Quality of Life Community Services, Inc. (623-937-9034)

Catholic Charities Community Services operates across Maricopa County. While they do offer a number of assistance programs, the ones in highest demand many be housing, including short term transitionary units. Other programs include credit and housing counseling, income tax preparation and more. They can coordinate housing units and charge people rent based on their household income. Other resources include transportation and immigration services. Call 602-285-1999, or read more Phoenix Catholic Charities assistance.

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Diocese of Phoenix - Phone 602-254-3338. The charity organization administers a number of social services, referrals, and possible financial assistance programs for Maricopa County families. Homeless prevention can help with paying rent or energy bills. Food pantries and thrift stores can provide free food or items such as clothing. Holiday assistance is offered too. Click here for more details on St. Vincent in Maricopa County.

ICM - While the focus is on free food, meals, and clothing, they have other support too, namely a medical clinic run by Cathedral Health Services. Other support is also available from the Maricopa County based ICM, and it may include referrals to low income apartments, case management, and applications to benefits such as WIC. Find more on services from ICM.

Tempe Housing Services Division administers the Section 8 Rental Assistance voucher program, which often has a waiting list and backlog. Using government grants, the agency provides rent subsidies to eligible very low-income families in the county. Referrals may be available to other resources, such as job training, loans for utility or security deposits, and eviction prevention services. This is part of the HUD created Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. 21 E 6th St, Tempe, Arizona 85281, dial (480) 350-8950







Students from struggling households can get free back to school supplies. There are books, clothes, classroom materials, and much more provided by charities. The giveaways and registrations happen annually. Find free school supplies in Maricopa County.

Chicanos Por La Causa offers low income housing, eviction prevention, education, and job training. The focus is on seniors, women or single moms, and immigrants, however others may qualify. They offer emergency financial aid for paying back rent from Terri Cruz Social Service, low income apartments, and self-sufficiency services such as ESL classes or GED training. Read Chicanos Por La Causa assistance programs.

Community Housing Partnership Phoenix - The Arizona Department of Housing runs an Emergency Homeless Housing (EPEH) as well as their Eviction Prevention Program out of this office. Services offered by the government program include mortgage foreclosure help, rental eviction prevention, rental security and even utility help deposits. Dial 602-253-6905.

Human Services from PPEP helps the low income in the county, including Phoenix. Assistance is for the working poor, immigrants, seniors, and others. Numerous financial assistance, even including loans, is available for housing costs, including rent, utility bills, mortgage payments and security deposits. Most of this is from referrals.

The community action agency also coordinates job placement from government resources such as the Workforce Investment Act. PPEP can also help with other needs in Maricopa County, including GED testing, information on government benefits such as SSDI and more. Find more information on PPEP assistance programs in Maricopa County.

Dozens of churches help members of their parish and immediate community. No matter a religion, or what causes a hardship, these organizations do their best to help struggling and/or the poor in Maricopa County. They may offer the following:

  • Free food and hot meals are offered from churches.
  • Help is given to non-English speakers, including immigrants.
  • Spiritual guidance, counseling, and advice is offered.
  • Basic needs and financial aid can be paid out for certain living expenses.
  • Other help can be offered too, and find assistance from Phoenix churches.

Water and electric bill assistance from GWP is available as part of a program known as Helping Hands. The company, in partnership with non-profit agencies in Glendale Arizona, can provide grants to pay for a portion of the water or utility bill of qualified customers. Funds can also pay for a deposit. A priority is on the elderly, households with young children, and the disabled. Read Glendale water and utility Helping Hand.

Broadway Christian Church is at 6915 E University Drive in Mesa, AZ 85207. They offer free food, clothing, occasional haircuts, and utility bill help in Mesa. Clothing for work or school and other social services may also be provided. Call 480-807-1668.

Regional community service organizations and agencies - Several dozen non-profit groups operate in the county, including Phoenix and Glendale Arizona. They provide residents with services ranging from food to emergency financial aid, employment assistance, and more. While priority is for low income families with children, senior citizens, unemployed, immigrants, and the disabled, others can get assistance as well. Examples of services in Maricopa County include.

  • Housing assistance. Receive funds for rent, rehousing, transitional living apartments, and more.
  • Help for seniors. Programs provide home care, nursing, low cost home delivered meals, and information on medical care.
  • Job training is a focus of the community service agencies. Get help from workshops, conduction job searches, understanding unemployment compensation and more.
  • Energy bill assistance. Grants for paying utility bills, discount programs, and disconnection prevention is offered.
  • Numerous other resources are offered, including in Mesa as well. Find assistance from Maricopa County community service agencies.

Social services and Family Services Centers - Maricopa County residents have almost 20 different locations that they can stop by at to apply for social services and emergency financial help. Services can help pay bills, rent, and help people meet other basic needs. Most of the centers can also offer case management, counseling, and referrals as well. Read more on how to get help from the emergency assistance in the greater Phoenix area.

Many low income families needs help paying car loans, and assistance is offered. There are ways to modify an auto payment, banks that can refinance a loan, free credit counseling services and much more. Find a list of resources that can help pay car loans.





Phoenix Indian Center Rent and Mortgage Assistance - 4520 N Central Ave Ste 250, (602) 264-6768. This non-profit may be able to assist with one month past due on mortgage or rent.

Other local community action groups in Maricopa County include:

  • Gilbert Community Action Program, 1140 N Gilbert Rd Ste 109, Gilbert, (phone (480) 892-5331),
  • Vista del Camino Community Action Program, 7700 E Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, (dial (480) 312-2323),
  • Avondale Community Action Program, 1007 S 3rd St., Avondale, (call (623) 333-2700),
  • Tolleson Community Action Program, 9555 W Van Buren St., Tolleson, (dial (623) 936-2747).
  • Buckeye region, 201 E Centre Ave, Buckeye, AZ 85326, dial (928) 683-6502
  • Gila Bend Community Action Program, 303 E Pima St, Gila Bend, Arizona 85337, telephone (928) 683-6505
  • North West Area, 8335 W Jefferson St, Peoria, AZ 85345, (602) 372-0728
  • Wickenburg community, 255 N Washington St, Wickenburg, Arizona 85390, call (928) 684-7894

Each agency can help with, among other things, the following.

  • Assisting families and low income individuals with issues including employment training, medical assistance, job searches, child care expenses, day care, transportation, child support, Social Security and disability payments, goal planning, budgeting, debt reduction and credit counseling, interagency referrals, charity programs, and follow-up.
  • Provide financial assistance and grants for the prevention of eviction or other temporary housing needs including rental payments, move-in and utility payments or deposits, mortgage assistance, and cash assistance and grants for prescriptions, doctor visits, eyeglasses, and food and baby formula.
  • In addition, many agencies can also assist with weatherization program referrals, air conditioning repairs, and emergency home repairs.
  • The Maricopa centers also provide case management, outreach, and free home visits for qualifying lower income individuals, seniors and families. There is also a wide range of debt help, including credit card hardship programs.

Save the Family Foundation Chandler Financial Assistance, 450 W 4th Pl of Mesa, phone (480) 898-0228, may be able to provides financial assistance for residents with at least one child age 17 or younger who have received an eviction notice or utility disconnect notice.

Phoenix Human Services provides resources to income and otherwise qualified members of the community. Many of the resources they offer are similar to a community action agency. Some of the services are available regardless of income, such as emergency hot and cold weather shelters and respite.

There is a Homeless Prevention Unit is the county. This organization may be able to offer everything from transitional housing to funds to pay back rent, a deposit, or moving expenses. They also work to prevent evictions. Other aid may be clothing, food, and basic needs.

Programs in the region may also include loans for home repairs as part of URRD Program, social services, and Head Start centers. The city also runs senior centers and organizes home delivered meals in Phoenix. More on Human Services.

Basic needs, clothing, material goods - If you need household goods, free clothing, school supplies, or so called basic goods, then a number of clothing closets and thrift stores operate in Maricopa County. Receive free clothing, furniture, diapers, and more. The charities and churches distribute goods to families with children, seniors, and others. Some may even occasionally have financial assistance. Read more Maricopa County free clothing closets and school supplies.

Greater Phoenix Urban League can help people find low income apartments, and assist homeowners with a mortgage. Staff can also help residents start a small business, run Head Start for children, and assist with job placement too. GPUL offers these and other housing programs too. More on Phoenix Urban League.





Phoenix Short Term Crisis Services - This is a statewide resource that is run by community action agencies in Maricopa County. Only income qualified families with an emergency, such as a job loss or health issue, may qualify. A focus of the crisis program is on preventing homelessness. So funds can be used to pay rent, make mortgage payments, or pay energy bills. More on Arizona short term crisis help.

The Salvation Army Phoenix Social Services Emergency Assistance, 2702 E Washington St. ((602) 267-4127). The non-profit provides financial assistance which includes, but is not limited to, utility assistance including electricity, gas, and water bills; free food boxes and groceries, and back-to-school clothing. Also get referrals to other local Phoenix and Maricopa charities and government programs. Phoenix, Arizona based.

Water bill programs in Tempe are administered by a couple different non-profit agencies. They generally depend on donations from the community. However as funding allows, customers in a short term crisis or maybe facing a shut off of their water account may be able to get help. Find water bill help in Tempe.

Social Services and Government Aid - The city is supported by a social service agency. Resources offered include section 8 housing vouchers, utility bill help, case management, and more. Government assistance can be turned to in an emergency. It can also help families living in poverty and that need long term support. Read more on public assistance in Phoenix.


Church of the Master is part of the Christian Assistance Network. The charity helps people in need with food boxes and electric bill assistance. 6659 E University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85205-7697, call (480) 985-1660, or learn more on Christian Assistance Network.

Pregnancy and diaper programs - New or expecting moms can receive help in the form of free diapers, furniture, counseling, and even infant formula. Resource Centers as well as charitable organizations partner together to help the new child and their parent, with baby supplies given to low income families. More on Maricopa County baby diapers and supplies.

East Valley Partners in Caring is operated out of Victory Lutheran Church in Mesa. Emergency food and energy bill assistance is for low income and other qualified families. (480) 654-4539

Maricopa County migrants and newcomers (including immigrants) can get help too. there are many charities, government programs, and other resources for them. Low cost housing, free food, legal aid, ESL classes and much more can be arranged. Find help for immigrants.

Area Agency on Aging can help senior citizens, the elderly, and possibly the disabled as well. A number of services are provided to these individuals from the Maricopa County based non-profit. Receive everything from information on free medications and health care to meals and transportation. Other programs can help seniors find a job, receive long term care, or benefit from SHIP / Senior Health Insurance Program. The main center is at 1366 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Call (602) 264-2255. More Arizona senior programs.

A New Leaf's Mesa CAN, 635 E Broadway Rd – Help with paying rent, mortgage, and electric. Also get case management and financial advice. Assists with air conditioning repairs during the summer for those who cannot afford to pay for the repairs themselves.

The organization also offers shelter, in particular for victims of domestic violence. Other resources from CAN include low income apartments as well as transitional housing. Many of their services are focused on eviction prevention, the homeless, and meeting rent or needs. Dial (480) 833-9200. Get more details Mesa Community Action Agency.

BOSS Utility Assistance, 501 E Mahoney Ave – Money to pay for utility disconnection. (623) 386-6365 x1

Coalition to End Homelessness offer assistance. The two main goals are on preventing evictions for struggling tenants and rehousing the homeless that are now self-sufficient. The Coalition is made up of different non-profits in Maricopa County. Find other eviction prevention in Maricopa County. Solutions include vouchers for motels, emergency cash grants for paying rent or moving costs, deposit help, and legal aid.

Holiday assistance programs are widely available in Maricopa County. They range from free Easter and Thanksgiving meals to extensive support at Christmas. Children can receive toys, free gifts and clothing while seniors may have home delivered holiday meals. More Phoenix area free holiday assistance programs.





More information on Maricopa County free legal aid. Volunteer Lawyers and pro-bono firms in Maricopa County work on various civil issues. Low income individuals who can’t afford an attorney may qualified for free support. This can include contesting a utility shut off or eviction prevention services. Many people also need help in applying for government benefits or disputing illegal debt, and the VLP program may be able to assist there as well.

Family Services Centers are located in various towns. The locations are non-profit multi-purpose centers that provide assistance including case management and information. Other resources include rental and utility bill assistance in crisis situations; limited bus tickets for center clients to travel to appointments and emergency food boxes. Funds for air conditioning repairs or bills may be offered during the hot Arizona summer months.

  • John F Long, 3454 N 51st Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85031-3002, telephone (602) 262-6510
  • Sunnyslope Center, 914 W Hatcher Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85021-3139, dial (602) 495-5229 for hours
  • Travis L Williams Family Services Center, 4732 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85040-2150 call (602) 534-4732

Low income housing units are scattered across Maricopa County. The sites can both provide a place for an individual or family to stay (including children), shelter, and also offer other case management services. For example, sign up for job programs, receive a meal, and get information on how to pay your rent or a security deposit when moving into a permanent home. Continue with low income housing in Maricopa County.

Organizations that focus on rent help in Phoenix - Several non-profits, charities, and government programs specialize in offering housing, deposit and rent assistance. Locate details of Phoenix rent assistance programs.

Maricopa County Arizona programs and agencies that cover the entire state

Find a listing of non-profits and agencies that provide foreclosure, rent, help with energy bills and other assistance to all of Arizona, Phoenix and Maricopa County.

In addition to the local and state resources above, there are many national type programs that can help struggling families. One method is to cut back on expenses, so there are many free items available.

Low cost or free health care in Maricopa County

Adelante Healthcare Inc. is a local community health center that can help the low income and uninsured. They can offer comprehensive primary health care to the medically underserved areas and patients of Maricopa County Arizona, regardless of insurance status or the patients ability to pay their medical bills. Phoenix Arizona based. Call 623.583.3001 for more information on free health care programs.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul runs many local programs and provides services, including among them a dental and medical clinic. They also help clients access services such as free prescription drug coupons, which are for under and uninsured. Also get access to free food, information, job training, and more. 602.261.6801

Another local community clinic in Phoenix to try is Wesley Community Center. They run what is known as Centro de Salud, which is a clinic for low-income, uninsured individuals. Other services offered include adult leaning; year-round youth activities; community development; and community/neighborhood outreach services. Phone 602.252.5609

A number of other health care and dental centers, as well as low cost or free community clinics operate across the region. Immigrants, whether legal or not, can get medical care too. Find additional Maricopa County free community clinics.





Free legal assistance, including foreclosure help

Community Legal Services provides access to free legal programs for Maricopa County, Phoenix and Mesa residents. Clients can receive free legal foreclosure counseling, help with domestic issues, advice on dealing with debt collectors, and other advice. Dial 1(800) 852-9075 to speak to an attorney, or learn more on the legal programs in Arizona.

Mortgage help centers have been opened in the Phoenix are and Maricopa County Arizona by the following banks and lenders. Each center allows a homeowner to meet one on with a housing counselor to explore alternatives to a foreclosure and various mortgage assistance programs.

  • Fannie Mae - Counselors will help with loans owned by this lender.
  • Freddie Mac - Learn about various foreclosure alternatives.
  • JP Morgan - Chase - This national bank is helping thousands of Phoenix homeowners.

Phoenix area programs - Many mortgage and foreclosure programs and agencies operate in the hard hit Phoenix area to provide free or low cost advice. More on Phoenix foreclosure prevention.

Debt, foreclosure and credit counseling - Homeowners and consumers can contact any of the agencies or programs above for help. In addition, several other credit counseling organizations operate in the county. They administer programs that can help consumers deal with debts, credit repair, bills, and delinquent mortgages. Find information, including addresses, of free credit counseling agencies in Maricopa County and Phoenix Arizona.

Career counseling and job finding services

Greater Phoenix Urban League - Call them as they may be able to offer job training, career counseling, employment assistance, and comprehensive youth development. There are also free resume review services, community education, databases on local job openings, advocacy and housing. Call 602.254.5611

Free food programs

United Food Bank - They serve as a community-based private non-profit providing hunger relief, groceries, and food assistance by collecting, storing and distributing needed food through a network or partner non profit social service agencies and local Maricopa charities. Mesa Arizona based. Call 480.926.4897

You may be able to receive information on free food programs from St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. The organization has a goal of promoting the elimination of hunger through the gathering and distribution of free food to the needy while encouraging self-sufficiency through advocacy and education. Call 602.352.3640. Phoenix Arizona based.





There are dozens of other free food pantries and soup kitchens in the county. A wide range of clients turn to them for help, including senior citizens and people facing a one time emergency. Many also serve free Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas dinners too or have hygiene supplies. Read about additional Phoenix and Maricopa County free food banks.

City of Phoenix

There are a few other programs specific to Phoenix, and you can also learn about those assistance programs.

By Jon McNamara

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