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Criteria for reducing physical distancing

Criteria for reducing physical distancing

At the April 21 Board of Supervisors meeting, County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry shared criteria the County will use to eventually reduce physical distancing restrictions.

Job Search and Unemployment Information

Dislocated Worker Hotline: 520-724-5735

The Pima County One-Stop Career Center set up this service to address the increase in unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Workforce development specialists stand ready to answer questions, in English and Spanish, and to offer guidance in a variety of areas:

  • accessing Unemployment Insurance online
  • notifying people of job leads
  • referrals to community resources for food, emergency shelter, permanent housing, rent/mortgage assistance and utility assistance

Accessing Unemployment Benefits

The Department of Economic Security administers the federal Unemployment Insurance Benefit Program in Arizona, providing a temporary source of income for workers who lost jobs through no fault of their own, including as a result of COVID-19.

The Arizona benefit will vary based upon the amount of money the individual previously earned, but will be between $187 and $240 per week. Eligible workers will get up to an additional $600 per week from the federal government, through July 25, 2020.

Pima County Job Openings


News and Information

Pima County is providing support to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, making the Kino Sports Complex available for expanded food distribution.  
April 29, 2020
Time reserved to help small businesses and lenders 
April 29, 2020
The Rio Nuevo District Board awarded 105 eligible business with COVID-19 relief funding within the District boundaries, it announced Monday.  
April 27, 2020

Note:

Assistance through the programs listed on this page is subject to available funding from the applicable agencies. If you are seeking assistance for yourself or your business you are encouraged to complete applications regardless of current funding status of programs, as many programs may receive additional appropriations.

Lenders have indicated that most of the business applications received have required additional or follow-up information. Please review the requirements of each program in order to submit a complete application that will not be delayed in processing.

Coronavirus Pandemic Response Resources

ARIZONA@WORK
The statewide workforce development network helps businesses of all sizes and types recruit, develop and retain the best employees for their needs maintains a list of employers with immediate job openings.

Paycheck Protection Program

Created as part of the federal government's CARES Act to provide emergency assistance for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the PPP oversees $350 billion in fully-guaranteed federal loans intended to help small businesses keep workers employed. Find out more.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently issued a guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan under the PPP and the Arizona Small Business Association developed an easy-to-understand cheat sheet for firms seeking guidance on funding opportunities.

The SBA updated its list of PPP lenders in Arizona on April 22.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

An Internal Revenue Service program that provides businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with up to 80 hours of paid sick and family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19, either for the employee's own health needs or to care for family members. Workers also may receive an additional ten weeks of paid family leave to care for a child whose school or place of care is closed or unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions.

Other Community Resources

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
A federal program that provides benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. Information on changes to SNAP due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pima County Community Action Agency
Assistance with rent, utilities and other basic needs for low-income individuals and families. Phone: 520-724-2667. For those seeking information or assistance regarding eviction prevention, call the CAA Hotline at 520-724-2505.

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
The Community Food Bank has a map showing where you can get emergency food and free community meals at sites around Southern Arizona.
 
EveryoneOn
A national non-profit dedicated to creating social and economic opportunity by connecting low-income families to affordable internet service and computers. 

Arizona Prevention Research Center
More than 100 Southern Arizona COVID-19 related resources, with topics including health, mental health, housing, school meals, food and much more, with specific links for immigrants, parents and the LGBTQ community.

Business Resources

Pima County Rapid Response Program
The Department of Community Services, Employment and Training offers assistance to businesses facing layoffs. Email: BusinessServices@pima.gov | Phone: 520-724-3684.

AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund

This program provides financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Arizona. Currently, efforts focus on meeting the immediate need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline medical personnel; non-profit organizations that support the most vulnerable Arizonans through food banks, homeless shelters, domestic violence facilities, and other services; and efforts to provide low-income students with technology enabling them to transition to online learning.

Organizations that wish to apply for funding may do so through the Governor's Office.


Community Investment Corporation
The local nonprofit lender offers loans up to $10,000 to assist businesses during the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Arizona Commerce Authority
Information and resources related to workforce investment, business financial support, housing, supply chain and logistics, and other areas important to the business community. Check out ACA's Business Resource Guide on how to access new financial resources.
Tools to Access Broadband at Home

U.S. Small Business Administration
Information on accessing the SBA's Disaster Assistance Program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.
Visit Tucson
Updates from the regional tourism organization.

Downtown Tucson Partnership
Safety information, news and general updates for businesses, employees and visitors in downtown Tucson.

Connect Tucson
Economic development and opportunity information from the City of Tucson.

Tucson International Airport
Safety and security information for travelers, airline industry employees and the public.

Restaurant Industry Resources

Executive Order 2020-25- Flexible Food Item & Sale of Goods at Restaurants

The State of Arizona will now allow restaurants currently licensed or permitted to serve prepared food may sell grocery items including, but not limited to, paper goods, cleaning supplies, prepared food in bulk, meat and vegetables, whether or not those items are normally packaged for resale or are raw. Please be advised that such activity is permissible and falls under the current Pima County Food Code. Be assured that no additional permit is necessary to engage in this activity.

During the course of routine inspection, Consumer Health and Food Safety (CHFS) staff will document whether current licensed operators are engaged in the repackaging and resale of permitted items to the general public. The inspection will make note of pertinent findings and document the operator's compliance with the direction of the Executive Order. Please also note that any complaints concerning this type of activity will be handled by CHFS.

PimaEats
A resource designed to help public to locate restaurants and food businesses offering takeout and/or delivery, understand the food safety measures in place, and know what to expect when dining "out."

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Information and resources available to industry members and consumers on COVID-19 and food safety.

Arizona Daily Star
A searchable database of Tucson-area restaurants providing services during local state of emergency declarations. 

Restaurant Worker’s Community Foundation
Resources for restaurants and food service industry workers.


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Community Services, Employment and Training

Kino Service Center
Serves Dislocated Workers (persons who have been laid off)

2797 E. Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ 85713

Phone: (520) 724-7700
Fax: (520) 724-2799
TTY: (520) 724-6778

Rio Nuevo Service Center
Serves Unemployed Adults
Tortolita Building
340 N. Commerce Park Loop
Tucson, AZ 85745

Phone: (520) 724-7650
Fax: (520) 724-1266
TTY:

Youth Employment
Center
Serves Youth/Young Adults
Sentinel Building, 2nd Floor
320 N. Commerce Park Loop
Tucson, AZ 85745

Phone: (520) 724-9649
Fax: (520) 622-1633


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