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$41 million in rent help to be distributed by Pima County through Sept.

Pima County and the city of Tucson expect to hand out $41 million in rental assistance by September, even as Tucson plans to bow out of the program this summer as its funding runs out.... Read more»

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After scrambling to resettle nearly 1,900 Afghans, Arizona agencies await more

Refugee resettlement groups in Arizona found homes for almost 1,900 Afghan refugees from the fall of Kabul in August through February, and DES and its partners are prepared to take any Afghans who will be resettling in Arizona, even though they do not know how many to expect.... Read more»

$22 million added to Tucson, Pima County rental assistance program

$22 million in federal rental assistance has made its way to Pima County and Tucson after sitting undistributed in state coffers. The county and city have already delivered more than $56 million to help tenants pay rent and utility bills during the pandemic.... Read more»

Pima's free pre-K program off to slow start due to pandemic, teacher shortages

The Pima Early Education Program Scholarships — or PEEPS — have struggled to reach low-income families midway through the program's first year as the COVID pandemic and teacher shortages keep the county from filling pre-K classrooms.... Read more»

As assistance for renters still lags, fears of eviction rise in Arizona

The number of Arizonans fearing eviction has grown sharply since a pandemic moratorium on evictions ended in September, with advocates and landlords both saying rental assistance from the federal government has not reached renters fast enough. ... Read more»

Arizona gets $5.6 million from feds to assist newly arrived Afghan families

The federal government has sent more than $5.6 million to Arizona to help care for families that arrived in the Grand Canyon State after fleeing Afghanistan in 2021 when the nation’s government collapsed in the wake of the U.S. military’s withdrawal.... Read more»

Remote work has potential to boost employment for those with disabilities

Many people living with disabilities struggle to find professional opportunities, but the increase in remote work, prompted by office closures during the pandemic, has the potential to improve the employment rates for millions of people living with a disability.... Read more»

Arizona jobless rate continues steady decline, workforce keeps growing

Arizona’s unemployment rate continued its steady decline in October, falling to 5.2%, down a full percentage point from just two months earlier and almost one-third of the state’s pandemic high, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data. ... Read more»

Fraudsters stole $4.4 billion from Arizona DES, and it could happen again

During the pandemic, fraudsters stole $4.4 billion in federal COVID CARES Act unemployment money from the Arizona Department of Economic Security, and experts say it is bound to happen again. ... Read more»

Arizona leaders’ decade of neglect imperiled fragile child care system. The pandemic nearly made it collapse.

A $1.2 billion infusion of federal funding has kept an already fragile Arizona child care sector from failing, giving state leaders a shot at reforming a broken system of their own making, and perhaps bringing hope for the stability that parents and providers have craved for years. ... Read more»

'Living in the hell': Interpreter is one of 300+ Afghan refugees resettled in Arizona

For more than a decade, Zabi had tried to leave his native Afghanistan, where he worked as an interpreter for the U.S. military - and two weeks ago, Zabi and his fiance touched down in Tucson, where they will make their new home.... Read more»

Afghan refugees in Tucson will require the simple but critical work of interpreters

Tucson resettlement programs are looking for interpreters to help hundreds of Pashto, Dari and Farsi-speaking refugees from Afghanistan expected to arrive here in the coming weeks. ... Read more»

Arizona expects 1,600 Afghan evacuees to arrive through March

The federal government has notified Arizona that it should expect 1,610 Afghan evacuees to arrive through the end of March, according to the state Department of Economic Security. ... Read more»

Arizona communities prepare for arrival of Afghan refugees

State officials, Arizona refugee resettlement agencies and community groups are preparing for the arrival in the coming weeks of thousands of people evacuated last month from Afghanistan.... Read more»

Pandemic unemployment relief ends, cutting off 45,000 jobless in Arizona

A federal pandemic relief program that provided extra financial aid to jobless workers ended Monday, hitting more than 45,000 unemployed Arizonans who had already seen the state pull away another source of federal aid in July. ... Read more»

253,000 Arizonans behind on rent as Supreme Court halts eviction moratorium

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a national eviction moratorium late Thursday comes as an estimated one-fifth of U.S. renters are behind on the rent – including 253,000 in Arizona - and the state is in the midst of a dangerous surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»

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