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PPEP Human Services Arizona emergency assistance programs.

Residents of several counties in Arizona can turn to PPEP Human Services. The non-profit provides help for needs such as rent, food or groceries, and assistance for seniors. Almost all of the programs are for addressing a crisis only, such as preventing homelessness.

There are offices in the counties of Pima, Cochise, Yuma, Maricopa, Greenlee and Pinal. The agency works with low income residents, immigrants, and those from rural areas as well. In addition to emergency financial aid, another goal is on helping clients become self-sufficient.

Emergency assistance

Financial assistance and related services are available in a crisis. PPEP may have funds to help pay rent or a mortgage payment. Based on other factors, the agency may provide the applicant with a loan for paying those housing costs. Money can also be used for other needs such as transportation to a job, work clothing, or life sustaining medications.

Regardless of why someone is seeking help, most individuals will need to enroll into some form of Family Case Management services. These consist of both long and short term sessions. This is available for the working poor, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, those from rural parts of Arizona, and immigrants.

Crisis intervention is part of Short Term Case Management programs. This can also include some limited financial aid for bills. The long term is more for issues that could take over a year, and focus on employment, job training, and similar approaches.

Intake will occur in both components. Then, based on finding, referrals will be available to non-profits in counties such as Pinal, Maricopa, and even state of Arizona benefits. PPEP works with its partners to offer both short term support and long term assistance.

Low income utility bill, rent, and even partial mortgage assistance is available. The agency can offer aid as a last resort, in an emergency. They operate alongside other charities and groups in Arizona. There will be an intake process and funds are limited. Also, residents can’t continue to call upon PPEP multiple times and funds are limited for those housing costs.




Most of the financial support is available from referrals. This means that the clients, once they are found eligible, will be referred to other local or public aid programs. Some of the main centers are as follows.

  • 802 East 46th Street, Tucson, Arizona 85713, telephone 520.622.3553
  • 1122 G Avenue, Douglas 85607, Phone: 520-805-1946
  • 731 N. 1st Ave., San Luis, AZ 85713, call 928-627-3203

Assistance is also for the disabled, and the program is known as Encompass. The community action agency works to enhance the lives of individuals or families with disabilities. Some of what is offered may be Day Treatment, Habilitation and Training, Vocational Training, Job Coaching, Respite, and free Specialized Transportation.

Senior programs from PPEP Human Services

Elderly services and help for seniors in counties such as Maricopa Arizona includes case management, referrals, and home care. The goal is to ensure the older population remain living in their current homes and communities. There may be referrals to home repair loan programs as well, or maybe medical services.

PPEP Human Services also assists the elderly. They work to offer Direct Referral Services or Long Term Case Management Services to those age 55 or older. Case Management from social workers includes coordination for programs that will allow elderly persons to continue to live in their home and be independent. Or clients can get basic information about senior resources, such as Medicare, Food Stamps, Security Social Security, and the Community Food and Nutrition program.

They try to coordinate on going, so called continued services to address needs for active living and also self-sufficiency. The program centers on health care, home needs, free medical needs, and social activities. Transportation may be offered in cities such as Phoenix or counties including Yuma.

Job training and placement services

Employment Assistance and Vocational Training is offered as part of WIA, Workforce Investment Act. This can help the unemployed, Dislocated Workers, and seniors. There is also the National Farm Workers Jobs Program which is for seasonal farmworkers and immigrants in several counties. Or get help with a GED.





One Stop centers and PPEP offer clients access to training, employment, and education services. These are for adult workers, the unemployed, youth, dislocated workers, and senior workers throughout the region, including Pima County. There are several components such as Core, Intensive and Job Training Services.

Workforce Specialists will provide information advanced training, resume reviews, and assistance available at Job Centers. A focus is also on dislocated workers or homeworkers. Training is offered for advanced degree training, occupational transfers to similar industries, and more. It addresses basic job search assistance to much more advanced training for employment opportunities.

Testing includes GED and ESL certification. PPEP Human services works to prepare students to move into degrees of higher education or enroll into training. Those who are successful may be placed into apprenticeships and receive some other support services to help stay in training or help to retain a job. Or they may receive career counseling and placement in an Arizona college or vocational training programs.




By Jon McNamara

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