Pima County public assistance.

Resources are available in Pima County Arizona that can both help people pay their expenses in an emergency, and that also offer job finding services and career counseling. ONESTOP centers can help the unemployed find a job and improve career skills, and the Emergency Service Network can help people pay bills and address basic needs for dealing with short term financial hardships.

Pima County ONESTOP System – This is a service for people looking for work, exploring new career options, or changing careers. People of all backgrounds may qualify for help, including youth, adults, and dislocated workers. The system partners with a number of non-profits that provide educational, employment, and job training programs. Case workers from the agency can provide referrals, training, and help connect applicants with job openings and employment opportunities. Some of the job services offered to Pima County families include those listed below.

Access to the computers, which can be used for internet access and computers to help develop cover letters as well as your resumes. Free internet access can allow people to review job opportunities and email resumes as well.

Free or low cost workshops such as Job Readiness workshops can provide unemployed and job seekers with Practice Interviewing/First Impressions, Career Exploration, Resume Writing, and Employability Skills.

Case workers and specialists are on site too. Some clients can get consultations with Workforce Development Specialists, and together they can provide placement assistance and job leads.

ONESTOP centers in Pima County can also offer information and referrals about vocational training opportunities, education and resources that are made available with partner agencies and employers.

Job Layoff Assistance is also offered by the Pima County ONESTOP Rapid Response Program. Programs offered by the county can assist employees who were impacted by a job loss and who are unemployed. In addition, resources are available for employers so that they can help people transition into new jobs and opportunities. For example, the centers provide coordination with other local agencies and government programs for services your employees may need.





Intensive Services are available from Workforce Development Specialists. These are basically additional services offered to help people secure sustainable employment, and Pima County government works with a network of partners, including educational, non-profit, public government organizations and private corporations. Together you will have access to one or more of the following.

  • Offer Practical Action Plans to achieve career goals, including Comprehensive Career Assessment
  • Internships, Basic Skills Workshops, Service Learning and Work Experience, such as computer training
  • GED programs for youth and adults, Literacy, Adult Education, and Workplace Education

Job Training Services are also offered from the Pima County ONESTOP System. This public funded program is offered for people who do not have the skills necessary to secure sustainable employment. Individuals may be offered a number of job Training Services, including specialized occupational skill training. The resources can help with completing an application for job training through On-the-Job internships. Also access occupational skills training from Arizona’s Eligible Training Provider List. This resource lists almost 400 skills, workshops and job training programs, and it can also offer customized training in special-demand areas.

The Pima County Community Action Agency operates the Emergency Service Network, usually in partnership with Pima County ONESTOP System. The network has been a model public assistance program and provides access to resource that are available within the local community as well as other government programs too.

A total of nine different agencies participate in the Emergency Service Network, and they are listed below. They offer case management, referrals, and guidance for paying for and addressing basic needs such as utility assistance, rent/mortgage assistance, food, and accessing public aid. These various resources use a combination of government services such as local, state of Arizona, and federal government funding sources. Resources are limited, financial assistance programs have conditions that need to be met, and unfortunately not everyone will be able to receive assistance.





The Pima County Community Action Agency as well as Emergency Service Network provide many types of financial assistance and services which can include one or more of the following. The non-profit also connects immediate financial and non-monetary assistance with case management and additional government resources to promote economic independence and self-sufficiency.

  • Food and Nutrition – Meals, groceries, government surplus commodities and other aid is distributed.
  • Medical Prescriptions and Supplies – Some vouchers may be available for life threatening conditions, or access partnerships with drug companies.
  • Mortgage and rental assistance – For families with an eviction or foreclosure notice. Read more Arizona mortgage counseling.
  • Referrals and Social Support Services – Learn about other public assistance programs and resources.
  • Utility and Cooling Bill Assistance – Offered for the most disadvantaged if faced with a disconnection.
  • Weatherization Programs including Home Repairs. This can provide grants to low-income homeowners who live in unincorporated Pima County, Marana, Sahuarita, or Oro Valley. Various conditions need to be met to obtain weatherization services.

Location of Pima County Emergency Service Network offices

All of the centers and community action agencies below administer the program. Call or stop by for help with bills, rent, job finding assistance, and other aid.




  • Ajo Community Services, 120 Estrella Avenue, Ajo, Arizona 85321 phone 520.387.5611
  • Arizona Housing and Prevention Services – Tucson, Arizona 85732, call 520.498.4613. This location also offers evening and weekend appointments.
  • Chicanos Por La Causa, 200 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85701, dial 520.882.0018
  • Community Action Agency, 100 W. 37th Street, Tucson, Arizona 85713, phone 520.624.3479
  • Interfaith Community Services, 2820 W. Ina Road, Tucson, AZ 85741, call 520.297.6049
  • Project PPEP, 806 E. 46th Street, Tucson, Arizona 85713 phone 520.622.3553
  • Primavera Foundation, 151 W. 40th Street, Tucson, Arizona 85713, call 520.884-5244
  • Salvation Army, 101 W. Irvington Road, Tucson, Arizona 85714, phone 520.294.5224
  • Tucson Indian Center, 97 E. Congress, Tucson, AZ 85701, call 520.884.7131
  • Tucson Urban League, 2305 S. Park Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85713, phone number 520.791-9522


By Jon McNamara

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