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August 20, 2020
Resources to Help Families Weather the COVID-19 Storm

The COVID-19 recession has been unlike any other before it. Seemingly overnight, thousands of families saw their income drop precipitously – or disappear entirely. Meanwhile, closures of schools and childcare centers have hampered parents’ ability to continue working and supporting their families.

Ten percent of Arizonans are now unemployed, which has created tremendous challenges in paying rent and meeting the basic needs of the household. And even before the pandemic, 20% of Arizona’s kids were living with food insecurity.

Not surprisingly, financial and emotional stress have surged. Thankfully, there are many local and national resources out there to help.

Crisis help:

  • For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.
  • If you or a loved one are contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • Resilient Arizona Crisis Counseling can provide short-term counseling and aid for pandemic- and disaster-related challenges. Call 2-1-1.
  • Families experiencing violence in the home can get support from the Sexual and Domestic Violence Services Helpline, (602) 279-2900 or (800) 782-6400.
  • Call Poison Control, 1-800-222-1222, if someone in your home ingests a dangerous substance.



Finances and employment:


  • For those who need to head back to work but can’t afford childcare, financial assistance is available if you meet the income eligibility requirements.
  • Arizona’s DES Child Care Administration offers childcare assistance for low-income working families, teen parents pursuing education, those living in homeless or domestic violence shelters and those not working due to physical or emotional challenges.
  • Arizona Enrichment Centers are childcare centers that remained open during the pandemic, primarily to serve children of first responders and essential workers.
  • Birth to Five Helpline (877-705-KIDS (5437)) is a free resource for families with young kids that provide guidance on everything from sleep and feeding to safety and potty training. child development support.

Internet access:

  • If you can’t get internet in your home, there are free Wi-Fi hot spots around the state. Check out the Connect Arizona map to find one near you.

Mental health:

Medical care: 

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