Assistance Programs in Arizona
The state of Arizona has a population of 6.8 million with a poverty rate of 18.2%. The poverty rate among children is even higher at 25.2%. There are approximately 1.2 million single parents, families, and individuals living in a state of poverty throughout Arizona. Many families struggle with basic expenses making it difficult to provide everything their families needs. Fortunately, there are many assistance programs available throughout the state of Arizona. This guide will list and explain all the assistance programs available throughout Arizona.
Financial Assistance Programs in Arizona
Many low income single parents and families struggle providing all the necessities needed for their families to live a healthy lifestyle. There are some financial assistance programs available to the very low income.
Arizona Cash Assistance Program
The Arizona Cash Assistance Program provides temporary cash assistance to help with bills and expenses. The cash is received on a electronic benefits card called the Edge card that works similar to a debit card. This program also offers supportive services to the parents and children.
In order to qualify for this program, you must be a resident of Arizona, have a child under the age of 19 living in the household and be of low income, meeting the income requirements. To learn more about this program and to apply, check out the Arizona Cash Assistance webpage.
Arizona Unemployment Insurance (UI)
Arizona UI provides temporary financial relief for those who have lost their job through no fault of their own. The amount you will receive depends on the amounts you made with your most recent employer. In order to receive the benefits you must be actively looking for work each week you receive the benefits.
To learn more and to apply check out the Arizona UI webpage
Short Term Crisis Service Program (STCS)
The Arizona Short Term Crisis Service Program provides financial assistance to low income households who are facing a crisis, resulting in need of financial assistance. This program can assist with rental payments, shelter, food and more. To learn more and apply check out the Arizona STCS webpage.
Food Assistance in Arizona
Many low income single parents and families can have trouble with ensuring their family has adequate food to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you are of low income there are some useful food assistance programs available.
Arizona Nutritional Assistance Program (NA)
The Arizona NA program provides food benefits to helps prevent malnutrition in low income families. The food benefits are received on an Arizona Edge card that works similar to a debit card. Simply swipe the card at the checkout with your groceries and you are good to go. The card is reloaded on a monthly basis with additional funds.
Arizona Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The Arizona WIC program provides free nutritious food, nutrition education and even health care referrals to pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women and their children up to age 5.
In order to qualify for this program you must be of low income, meeting the income requirements. To apply, you must set up an appointment with the WIC office in your area of the state. You can use this Arizona WIC locator to find a WIC office nearest you. To learn more and to apply check out the Arizona WIC webpage.
Arizona School Breakfast and Lunch Program
The Arizona School Breakfast and Lunch Program provides under privileged school children with free or low cost breakfasts’ and lunches while they are attending school. Your household income in relation to the number of people living in your household will determine if the meals are free, or reduced in price.
To be eligible for this program you must meet the income requirements. To apply you must contact the Arizona Department of Education. To learn more about the program check out the Arizona School Breakfast and Lunch webpage.
Medical Assistance in Arizona
Medical costs are very high making it difficult for those not under a health insurance plan to get the healthcare they need. Fortunately, there is medical assistance available in Arizona.
Arizona Medicaid Medical Assistance Program
The Arizona Medicaid program provides medical assistance and services to those who do not have any medical insurance. The Medicaid Program covers the cost of a variety of health related expenses such as:
- doctor’s visits
- prescription drugs
- lab tests and X-rays ordered by doctors
- hospital care
- eye care
- dental care
Eligibility for Medicaid is strongly based on specific income guidelines based on family size in relation to annual income. The income levels are lower for children, making it easier for children to qualify. Click here for a look at the general income requirements. Depending on your income you might have to pay for some of the services with co-pay. To learn more and to apply check out the Arizona Health Care Website.
Arizona KidsCare Program
The Arizona KidsCare Program is the state’s health insurance program for children aged 18 and under who do not qualify under Medicaid. KidsCare provides all the health services that Medicaid does including vision and dental care. Depending on your income in relation to household size, KidsCare can range from being free to a maxim of $70.
Child Care Assistance in Arizona
Child care costs are very expensive making it difficult for low income single parents and families to work full time because they cannot afford the child care. There are some very useful child care assistance programs available in Arizona.
Arizona Des Child Care Program
The Arizona DES child care program assist with child care costs by paying a portion of the child care expenses. The amount the DES program will contribute to your bill depends on your income in relation to your household size. When receiving assistance the parents must other be employed, seeking employment or attending job training.
To learn more and to apply check out the Arizona Child Care Program webpage.
Arizona Head Start Program
The Arizona Head Start program provides child care and helps to promote the readiness of young children from the ages of 0-5 by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development in preparation for school. In order to be eligible for this program you must be of low income.
Housing Assistance in Arizona
Housing and rent costs can be expensive making it difficult for low income single parents and families to keep up with the costs. Fortunately, there are numerous housing and rental assistance programs available.
Arizona Low Income Housing Program
The Arizona Low Income Housing Program allows low income single parents and families across Arizona to receive reduced rent payments in housing owned by the local Public Housing Agencies in your area of the state, whether it be an apartment, single houses or condos. The state of Arizona provides funding to local Public Housing Agencies (PHAs).These agencies will then use these funds to provide the low income families or single parents safe and sanitary housing with rent payments that they can afford to pay. The eligibility for these programs is based on income limits in relation to household size and the area’s median income.
To begin the application process, you must go through your local Housing Agency. This list of Arizona Public Housing Agencies provides an in depth list of all the Housing Agencies located across Arizona. Once you find the Housing Agency in your area, you can contact them to find out the specific income guidelines required, as well as any details or questions you might have about the program.
Arizona Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Arizona Housing Choice Voucher Program makes it easier for low income single parents and families to afford the rental costs with their housing of choice on the housing market by reducing their rent costs. This program is somewhat similar to the Public Housing program except with this program you get to choose your apartment/home. It can be difficult locating a well priced apartments that are large enough in size and of high quality, as a result, this program enables you to afford high quality apartments. Once you have chosen your home, or if you already have a home you would like the rent assistance, the Housing Agencies provides a voucher to your landlord which covers a good portion of your rent payments. You will only pay a portion of your total rent payment, usually 30-40% of the total rent cost.
Just like the Low Income Housing Program, this program is also managed by the Public Housing Agencies throughout Arizona. To apply an appointment must be made to discuss your income etc. Use this list of Arizona Housing Agencies to contact the Housing Agency in your location of the state.
Arizona Utility Assistance Program
The Arizona Utility Assistance Program assist with the costs of utility and energy bills. Energy bills can be very high due to the year round heat in Arizona. This program will pay a portion your A/C bills if you are of low income. The amount of your bill that is covered depends on your income in relation to household size, as well as the amount of the energy bills.
Arizona Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
The Arizona WAP program will perform services to your home that will make your home more energy efficient, resulting in lower energy bills. Some of the free services that are performed are repairing/replacing A/C units, checking for air leaks and more.
Arizona First Time Home Buyers Programs
The State of Arizona has multiple different programs designed for those buying their first home. The programs offer many features such as down payment and closing cost assistance, low rate mortgages and even grants up to $15 000 to help you purchase your first home. This list of Arizona First Time Home Buyer Programs provides a list and explanation of all the programs available. Some of the programs you will see are:
Home Plus Program
Offers down payment assistance of 3% of your mortgage, and also offers competitive mortgage rates.
Arizona HFA Preferred Program
Offers down payments of 5% of your total loan amount based on your income. The maxim down payment you can receive is $17 000.
Transportation Assistance in Arizona
Transportation costs can be difficult for the low income, especially if you do not own a vehicle. Frontally there are some more cost efficient alternatives.
Arizona Medical Transportation
You can receive free transportation to medical appointments, treatments and more if you are enrolled under Medicaid or the KidsCare. Check out this list of Arizona Medical Transportation Services to find a service in your area of the state.
Taxi fares can be really high making transportation to expensive for many. Using Uber or Lyft offers a more affordable option, as the drivers take you to your destination in their own vehicles, allowing for cheaper fares.You can save a lot of money using Uber or Lyft over taxis, so keep this in mind.
Legal Assistance in Arizona
Legal costs and services are very costly making it difficult for the low income to receive the legal assistance they need. Fortunately, you can find free and low costs legal advice in Arizona.
Arizona Law Help Organization
This organization has a large database of discounted or free legal services available throughout the state in a variety of subjects. Most of the legal services provided helps with issues such as domestic violence, immigration issues, employment issues, evictions, foreclosure, and much more. To qualify for the free advice, you have to be below a certain income level, which varies depending on the area of legal assistance. To locate services for your needs, you can visit the Arizona Law Help Organization website.
The state of Arizona does a good job providing the low income single parents, families and individuals with assistance programs when they are in need. If you truly need assistance and are of low income there is a program in Arizona that can assist you.
Links and Resources
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