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Santa Cruz County Arizona Assistance Programs.

Help for foreclosures

If you are struggling with paying your mortgage, the Santa Cruz County government has a program that may be able to help. In a partnership that was formed with the Arizona Department of Housing, the local Santa Cruz government is offering free, emergency short-term financial grants and cash assistance to eligible residents of un-incorporated county areas who need some form of help in order to stay in their homes.

The program is known as the CDBG Emergency Assistance Program, and applicants for this aid must be income qualified. The assistance is targeted at low to moderate income families and individuals.

If you are interested in applying or learning more, application packets and further details are available at local public libraries or you may call (520) 285-7967 for more information on the CDBG Emergency Assistance Program. Or click here to learn more on Arizona foreclosure programs.

Information on energy bill programs

The Arizona Community Action Program ((928) 428-2872) has several programs that can both help people pay their utility or summer cooling bills, and also conservation programs that people can use to reduce their energy bills. The programs are administered in Santa Cruz County and Nogales Arizona by Southeastern Arizona Community Action Program, or SACAC.

The Home Energy Assistance Fund is the formal name, and it was created as the result of a partnership formed by the Community Action Agencies, private individuals, utility companies, local, state and federal government agencies. The Fund was created mainly as a solution to the demand for energy bill assistance that low income, the elderly, and others who may be struggling need.

Grants may be issued to clients as part of this service. The Home Energy Assistance Fund leverages resources from these various organizations through partnerships, advocacy, and various group collaborations to maximize funding and the amount of financial aid that is available to the low income community.

SACAC in Santa Cruz County provides other assistance as well. They are a source of information on job training, child care services such as Head Start, and referrals to loan programs for paing rent or other bills. They also focus on addressing the causes of poverty, such as assisting with employment and credit counseling needs of the community. Read Southeastern Arizona Community Action Program.





Weatherization and conservation programs

So you can get financial assistance from the program mentioned above, but in addition utility companies and the government offer options to help people lower their energy bills. Weatherization and resources offered by your utility company can help here. These options will assist customers in managing their utility bills, and weatherization can help people save $500 or more per year. Many of the programs are free to qualified applicants, and these programs range from discount and conservation programs to bill assistance programs if people commit to these options. Contact the Southeastern Arizona Community Action Agency as they can refer you to these as well.

Santa Cruz Catholic Charities - Churches, charities, and non-profits work with the Nogales Catholic Charity organization. Various social services and emergency assistance programs are offered for the poor, low income, and seniors in Santa Cruz County. Some examples of the assistance programs are below.

  • Free food and meals may be offered, in particular for seniors.
  • Low cost transportation for doctor appointments or job interviews can be arranged.
  • Health care check ups can be performed at the Saint. Elizabeth's center. Variable rate billing is in place, and the uninsured may even receive free medical care.
  • Basic needs such as rent, housing, funds for utility bills, and clothing can be met by Catholic Charities.
  • Other resources including referrals, case management, and applications for government aid can be processed.

Those are just some examples of the resources offered for low income families in Santa Cruz Arizona. The charity will do what it can to support the less fortunate in the community. Read more.

By Jon McNamara

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