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Community Action Agency Pima County assistance programs.

One of the leading human and social service organizations in Pima County is the local not for profit Community Action Agency. They work with partners to administer many programs, including government grants for bills, health care and more for low income families and the larger community. While most of the financial aid they offer is in the form of referrals to local Emergency Services Network Providers, they are still one option to call when struggling.

Financial assistance from the Pima County Community Action Agency

Rent help, including mortgage assistance and eviction prevention is available from Pima County Community Action Agency and its network providers. Financial assistance, or maybe a loan, will be provided to income qualified residents of the county who are in need of short term cash assistance. The funds are used to help pay for rent, mortgage, or security deposits for the homeless. The aid is intended to stop both foreclosures and evictions in Pima County, and rehouse the homeless.

Health care needs can be met, in partnership with other non-profits, community clinics, and medical providers. This can include prescription medications and other supplies. Items may also be available for the uninsured in Pima County Arizona as well. Call one of the following community action agency partner groups.

  • l Rio Health Center only supports patients of that facility. Location is 839 West Congress, Tucson, AZ 85745, 520.792.9890
  • St. Elizabeth Health Center which is located at 140 W. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85705, call 520.628.7871.
  • There are other options as well for the low income, immigrants and uninsured in the county. More on free clinics in Arizona for people without insurance.

Financial support may be offered to help people obtain employment. This type of assistance is provided for needs such as car repairs, work clothing, dental needs, physicals, or prescription eye glasses. Related support services may be bus passes, personal hygiene items, gasoline, and free food vouchers.




This is strictly focused on helping people either find or secure employment in Arizona. Sometimes the funds need to be repaid, so the aid is in the form of a loan. Pima County Community Action Agency can provide referrals or suggestions, and dial 520.624.3479.

As part of the employment services, many low income households need access to free or affordable internet service, whether cable or Wi-Fi. The community action agency can refer Pima County families to government or corporate programs, and the internet can be for working, school, job training or even students/kids in school. Read more and find free internet service for low-income families.

Community Action Agency food assistance is available in partnership with local and rural nonprofit agencies or pantries. The non-profit, and these groups, work to offer groceries, free food boxes, congregate/home delivered meals, and lists of Tucson and county based food pantries.

Funds to help pay utility bills, home repairs, or energy conservation measures

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP is one of the primary resources for both cooling and heating bills. Benefits from LIHEAP can be used to pay for the current or a past month’s natural gas or electric bill. There may even be grants to pay for late fees, deposits and reconnect fees. U.S. Department of Health and Human Service as well as the state of Arizona pay for this program across Pima County. Try calling the Tucson Urban League at 520.791.9522 for information on LIHEAP or other utility expense assistance.

In limited cases, water payment assistance is provided. This will be a onetime financial assistance program only and is run in partnership with the City of Tucson Environmental Services. It is only available for those customers of Tucson Water only. 520.243.6770





URRD, or the Utility Repair, Replacement, and Deposit from Community Action Agency provides qualified low income individuals who are in a crisis situation with emergency assistance. The money needs to be used for making repairs, utility deposits and/or replacement of heating and cooling related appliances and systems, such as an air conditioning unit. This may also include utility-related appliances or water and sewer systems. Main phone 520.624-3479.

Those are some of the main, local programs in Pima County that the community action agency can offer referrals too. However there are other resources, including free grants for paying air conditioning or utility bills as well as disconnection prevention resources. Both national and local resources are out there, including from charities, the government, or even payment plans from utility companies in Arizona. Community Action Agency in Pima County can help clients find and apply for them. More on utility bill assistance for low-income families.

Find help from the Community Action Agency in Pima County

A wide range of assistance programs and social services may be offered. The primary office is at 2797 E. Ajo Way in the city of Tucson, AZ 85713. Dial (520) 724-2667 for intake and more referrals.

By Jon McNamara











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