Phoenix public assistance.

The City of Phoenix and Maricopa County provide a number of emergency services to low income residents and families. Social services and public assistance can provide short term help with paying bills and longer term self-sufficiency programs to the low income and less fortunate in the community.

Housing assistance and low income units are offered by the city of Phoenix and its Housing Department, which runs the program. The agency provides diversified affordable living environments, apartments and housing units for seniors, low-income families, and persons with disabilities. The agency foes this by providing affordable low income and public housing units. Information on rental assistance and deposits may be offered as well to income qualified tenants.

The county and the city manage approximately 3,000 rental units and apartments of public and other affordable housing. Also several thousand greater Phoenix residents receive section 8 housing vouchers which can help them pay their monthly rent. In addition to these housing assistance programs, the city provides referrals and services to assist lower income residents with reaching their goals and attaining self-sufficiency over the middle to long term.

Section 8 Housing Vouchers are provided by the city of Phoenix Housing Department for the over 3,000 units that are owned or managed. Several thousand Maricopa County and Phoenix residents receive the vouchers each and every year.

Other housing assistance programs provided to the public in the greater Phoenix area include Shelter and Placement Assistance, Senior/Disabled Housing, and referrals and information on emergency rental assistance programs and resources.

Financial assistance and self-sufficiency may be provided to qualified individuals from Phoenix area Family Service Centers. A total of three multi-purpose Family Services Centers are located throughout the city of Phoenix, and the centers provide the low income with a broad range of services and help in certain cases to promote self-sufficiency for lower income families and adults. A number of resources and services are offered, and they include.





Emergency Cash Assistance - This may be able to include utility bill and rental assistance in crisis situations, such as an eviction or shut off of energy service. Other emergency services, such as information on food pantries and government public assistance, may be provided at the centers as resources allow.

Advice and Case Management – A number of social workers as well as caseworkers will help adult families and individuals resolve social service problems and assist qualified individuals in achieving self-sufficiency over the long term as well. Some of the examples of the assistance offered as part of case management include budgeting, credit repairs, social and life-skills development, direct services, and counseling.

Transportation - The Social Services Department helps seniors and the homebound identify transportation resources. For example, find how to get transportation to a doctor appointment or food pantry in the Phoenix area.

Phoenix Head Start Program – Children can get their social, health, nutritional and psychological needs met from Project Head Start. The service was launched to help break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool children and even their families with a number of public assistance programs. Low income children up to age 5 can qualify for Head Start in Phoenix Arizona. Another option that often runs in parallel is the early Head Start program.

The Phoenix Human/Social Services Department, Education Division administers the Head Start program for low income residents across the city and Maricopa County. On average a few thousands children benefit from this government funded program each and every year.

Other general assistance offered by the Human Services Department resolves around providing referrals and information. For example, call the agency to learn about government public assistance and non-profit aid. This can include details on food pantries and health care clinics. Also find out about emergency rental and foreclosure assistance programs in the Phoenix area.

Call the Social Services Department at 602-262-6666.



By Jon McNamara

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