Unemployment Insurance

The Unemployment Insurance Benefit Program is a nationwide program created to provide a temporary source of income for workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, while they conduct an active search for work. 


Unemployment insurance benefits may be available to individuals who are involuntarily unemployed as a result of COVID-19. The amount of the benefit will vary based upon the amount of money that the individual has previously earned, but will be between $187 and $240 per week.

You can learn more at www.AZUI.gov(link is external). The following videos are also available to assist you throughout the process:

To file for unemployment insurance benefits, visit www.azui.gov(link is external), and click on the button titled “Apply for UI Benefits.”

Wage and Hour Questions

The USDOL Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees may face in responding to COVID-19 as they relate to the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act at www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/

SBA & Paycheck Protection Program

SBA Paycheck Protection Program: Starting today (April 4th, 2020), small businesses can apply for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program. Learn more about eligibility, requirements for loan forgiveness.. APPLY through BoeFly

Cash, Medical and Nutritional Assistance

DES is committed to providing assistance to DES communities during the COVID-19 outbreak to meet their basic needs. To apply for Nutrition, Cash and Medical Assistance, visit https://www.healthearizonaplus.gov/ or call (855) 432-7587.

The DES Coordinated Hunger Relief Program partners with regional food banks to provide food to individuals in need. To learn more and find a food bank near you, visit http://www.azfoodbanks.org/(link is external).

The Congregate and Home Delivered Meals programs provide nutritious meals to eligible older adults.

Although schools are closed statewide, several districts are providing free meal delivery and pickup for students. Check with your local school district to learn what options are available for you.

Mortgage & Rental Assistance

There are hardship programs in place to help homeowners who have been directly or indirectly affected by the coronavirus and are struggling to make their mortgage payments. For more information, visit: https://des.az.gov/services/basic-needs/shelter-and-housing/mortgage-assistance

  1. Rental Assistance – The first step renters should take if they are concerned about paying their rent or facing eviction is to contact their on-site manager or lease agent by phone or email right away to let them know if you may need rental assistance or a payment plan for your next monthly rental payment. Early communication with residents and managers allows for more time to respond and explore all options. APPLY HERE: https://saveourhomeaz.gov/RA/
  2. Mortgage Assistance – There are hardship programs in place to help homeowners who have been directly or indirectly affected by the coronavirus and are struggling to make their mortgage payments.  The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, encourages homeowners adversely impacted by the coronavirus who are having difficulty paying their mortgages to reach out to their mortgage servicers as soon as possible.  APPLY HERE: https://www.saveourhomeaz.gov/self-assessment/

Child Care Assistance

The DES Child Care Administration provides assistance to eligible families in need so they can continue education or employment while ensuring a safe environment. Learn more at https://des.az.gov/child-care or https://www.azccrr.com/(link is external).

Food and Shelter

Elderly and Differently Abled Services

LGBTQ+ Resources

Medical and Dental

All resources listed accept state benefits or individual payment arrangements.


  • Arizona Self Help is a free and easy way to find out if your family can get help from 40 different health and human services programs.
  • Statewide community information and referral services are available at 211 Arizona.
  • Mercy Housing Mountain Plains seeks to address this crisis by providing safe, quality affordable homes to thousands of low-income people. With a total of 40 communities, Mercy Housing Mountain Plains operates in seven states including Arizona.
  • Are you looking for free or reduced cost legal aid resources? This is your central starting point.
  • Looking for an attorney? Search right from the Arizona State Bar website.
  • Needing to understand your legal rights in Arizona and maybe need more legal information on a subject.
  • Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center or 1-800-222-1222
  • The Food Pantries website provide listings of pantries, but also provides information on: food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.
  • Every woman deserves a bright, happy and safe future where she and her children can thrive. Fresh Start Women’s Foundation provides women with education, resources and support to positively transform their lives. It’s helping women to create stronger communities and families.
  • Matthew 25: Ministries accepts donations of empty plastic pill bottles for inclusion in shipments of medical supplies and for shredding and recycling. Our pill bottle program fulfills the dual needs of improving medical care in developing countries and caring for our environment.
  • The Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH), in partnership with the Arizona Home Foreclosure Prevention Funding Corporation (AHFPFC), provides down payment assistance to qualified homebuyers purchasing a primary residence in 26 targeted zip codes in 12 Arizona Cities. The assistance is an incentive to purchase in targeted housing markets that have been hardest-hit by foreclosures. Pathway to Purchase Down Payment Assistance Program
  • Consult with the Arizona Department of Housing for other home buying programs available.