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Community Resources

Don’t be passive during this period of financial crisis. Take advantage of the organizations that offer services to assist you. Seek personal support like counseling, get help with your finances. No matter what situation you’re in, you are not alone. These services are designed to help you … services you have supported through the years, and have a right to use.

Rebuilding after foreclosure is possible especially with the many resources available in the community. Families who need help with rent, utilities, and other needs should contact the following agencies.

General Statewide Resources

Benefits Check Up-AZ is the nation’s most comprehensive web-based services to screen for benefits programs for people with limited income and resources who are 55 and older, or are an adult of any age and disabled.

Arizona Association of Counties
Your local county government may be offering localized programs like utility assistance, job placement and training. You should check out their website or give them a call. (602) 252-6563

League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Your local city government may be offering localized programs like utility assistance, job placement and training. You should check out their website or give them a call. (602) 258-5786

Child Care
After School.gov is a great resource to find after school programs for your child as well as provide information on how to start your own after school program and activity ideas for children.

The Child Care Bureau supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children's learning by improving the quality of early care and education and after school programs.

Employment Assistance:
The primary responsibility of the Employment Service Program is to match employers trying to fill jobs with applicants who are searching for work by finding qualified people who want to work and connecting them with the employers.

Medical Assistance:
The medical coverage provided by AHCCCS to thousands of Arizonans each year may include doctor’s office visits, physical exams, immunizations, prenatal care, hospital care and prescriptions.

Employment Opportunities
Career One Stop is a U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals to foster talent development in a global economy.

Arizona Workforce Connection is the state's streamlined workforce development network - bringing together all of Arizona's workforce development partners to provide businesses and Job Seekers with a comprehensive and streamlined services.

Helmets to Hardhats is the fastest way for Military, Reservists, & Guardsmen to transition from active duty to a career in the construction industry.

Fair Housing:
Southwest Fair Housing Council SWFHC enforces fair housing-fair lending laws and provides no cost fair housing-fair lending education to the public and private sector and to housing providers and housing consumers throughout greater Arizona. Hablamos espanol. Blog address www.southwestfairhousing.typepad.com/fair_housing Phoenix (602) 252-3423 Pima County (520) 798-1568 Outside Pima County (888) 624-4611

Legal Services Provides free legal information and the ability to ask and read legal questions posed to actual attorneys.

Home Buyers' Bill of Rights - State of Arizona: Department of Real Estate

The Arizona Attorney General has the authority to bring actions alleging violations of the Consumer Fraud Act. Sometimes the enforcement authority is delegated to County Attorneys. A private citizen can also bring an action for a violation of the Consumer Fraud Act within one year from the date the claim arises.

Legal Advice

Arizona State Bar 602-252-4804/1-866-48-AZBAR outside Maricopa County
To find an attorney licensed to practice law in Maricopa County. http://www.maricopabar.org (602) 257-4200
To find an attorney licensed to practice law in Pima County http://www.pimacountybar.org/
or call 520-623-8258 The Pima County Bar Association is a private, voluntary, 501(c)(6) non-profit association of attorneys and other legal professionals.

Lawyers Helping Homeowners

Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc. SALA provides a variety of free, civil legal services to qualified low-income persons For county contact information"http://www.sazlegalaid.org/contact.html

Additional Resources:
An Adobe pdf version of the entire 182 page Consumer Action Handbook, including the consumer topics, the directory listings, the sample complaint letter, and the index be downloaded at http://www.consumerAction.gov look for 2009 Consumer Action Handbook.

Families Stand Together
Strategies, activities and stories to help children and families during tough economic times. http://www.sesameworkshop.org/toughtimes

Source: Arizona Foreclosure Prevention Task Force

 

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