The City of Tempe understands that closures are affecting people financially. In these unprecedented times, you or someone you know may need help. From school children who need lunches and at-risk seniors to hourly workers feeling a pinch, our non-profits and local businesses are coming together to help our community stay strong.Unsure where to start? Try these resources, State of Arizona's Arizona Together, the TCC Agency program guide or Arizona 2-1-1 to get more information and referrals for assistance.
Unsure where to start? Try these resources, State of Arizona's Arizona Together, the TCC Agency program guide or Arizona 2-1-1 to get more information and referrals for assistance.
School lunchesStudents under age 18 may pick up grab and go meals at nine locations in the Tempe Elementary School District, six locations in the Kyrene School District and at several Tempe Union High School District locations.
Tempe Community Action AgencyTempe Community Action Agency is offering a drive-through meal to go service Monday through Friday from March 16-27. This service is available to currently enrolled seniors. Meals to go will be distributed at the North Tempe Multigenerational Center, 1555 N Bridalwreath St, Tempe at the south entrance from 10 to 11 a.m. Seniors who are not enrolled should call 480-858-6511 for meals to go or call the Area Agency on Aging’s senior helpline at 602-264-4357 to register for home-delivered meals.
TCAA has stopped taking seniors to the grocery store during this time, but will bring food boxes to enrolled seniors.
TCAA is continuing to provide emergency food boxes to Tempe households at its food pantry, 2146 E. Apache Blvd, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon with additional hours on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:40-6:30 p.m.
TCAA is continuing to operate the I-HELP Emergency Shelter program in partnership with Tempe area faith organizations and other partners for currently enrolled adults in need of emergency shelter.
Tempe Community Action Agency offers emergency rent for eligible households experiencing a financial crisis. Details
Tenants may find helpful resources for rent and utility assistance here.
Community Legal Services has suspended walk-in appointments but assistance is still available to tenants.
Compassion in Action at First Baptist Church of Tempe
Available: Third Saturday of each Month - 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
4525 S McClintock Dr. - 480-220-0602
HIV+ ONLY. Must pre-order food boxes.
ICNA Relief - Muslims for Humanity
Available: Food pantry open first Sunday every month - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
5030 S Mill Ave, Suite# 5
Call for appointment: 480-600-6676
Saint Vincent de Paul: Resurrection Church
Available: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 to 11:00 a.m.
3201 South Evergreen Road - 480-329-0968
Walk-ins served. No referral required.
Salvation Army: Tempe Corps
Available: Monday through Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m. and Fridays 9 to 11:00 a.m.
714 S Myrtle Ave - 480-967-8649
Walk-ins served. No referral required. Photo ID and proof of address in Tempe or Guadalupe.
Society of St Vincent de Paul: Our Lady of Mt Carmel
Available: Monday through Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m.
2121 S Rural Road, 480-966-1974
Families with children, elderly and disabled
Tempe First United Methodist Church
Currently closed for service to the homeless community and will reopen asap!
Available: Mondays AND Fridays, 6-10 a.m. for showers, a hot meal and clean clothing.
215 E University Dr. - 480-967-3376
Walk-ins served. No referral required.
Available: Saturday, 8 to 10 a.m.
903 S. George Dr., 480-967-3376
Walk-ins served. No referral required.
Rental assistance available
The city is encouraging tenants enrolled in voucher programs who have experienced job loss or reduced work hours due to COVID-19 to seek rental assistance through the Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH). Online applications are open. Arizona is offering $5 million in new funding to help tenants as part of a Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance Program being launched by ADOH. Online applications open today. Find out more here.
Due to the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), on March 24, 2020, Governor Douglas A. Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-14, which permits tenants to qualify for delay in enforcement of eviction actions in certain circumstances.
This means that a landlord can still go to court to evict a tenant and a court can still grant an eviction order but law enforcement officers, such as a sheriff’s office or constable, must temporarily delay the enforcement of the eviction order from the court if the tenant notifies their landlord of any of the following:
- The tenant has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and must be quarantined;
- The tenant has been ordered to self-quarantine by a medical professional because of their symptoms as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
- Someone in the tenant’s household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and the tenant must be quarantined;
- The tenant has a health condition, as defined by the CDC that makes them think they are more at risk for COVID-19 than the average person;
- The tenant has suffered a substantial loss of income as a result of COVID-19, such as a job loss, reduced pay or compensation, the tenant’s workplace closed, an obligation to miss work to care for a home-bound school-age child or other circumstances.
The order applies to residential properties only. Learn more here.
Homeowners impacted by COVID-19 can find mortage help here.
Tempe Housing Services Department
Reporting loss in income
Tenants in Tempe who are enrolled in housing voucher programs are required to report any changes in income to the Tempe Housing Services Department. Here are three ways to send the documentation:
Mail – Send to City of Tempe Housing Services Department, 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe 85282
Email - Scan or photograph documents and email them to your assigned housing specialist or case worker.
Drop box – Drop off documents at the new drop box outside the Edna Vihel Arts Center, 3340 S. Rural Road, near the Tempe Public Library. The box, marked Housing Drop Box, is located at the front of the building near the loading dock.
Facilities, inspections and documentation
The City of Tempe has closed city facilities, including the Tempe Public Library and Tempe Housing Services. Tempe Housing has implemented changes to limit the impact of closures on landlords, tenants and staff.
- All in-person appointments are canceled until further notice.
- Annual recertifications will be conducted through the mail, email, fax and telephone. Changes will be accepted via email, fax or mail.
- Required documentation for annuals, interims, income changes, household composition changes and all other documentation should be faxed to (480) 858-7703.
- Housing Quality Standards inspections:
- Annual/bi-annual inspections will be postponed until mid-April.
- Special inspections: Life threatening issues will continue to be inspected within 24 hours. Non-life threatening issues will be conducted through technology when possible or in-person provided no one in the household is sick.
- If a household member is sick, self-certifications will be accepted and must be accompanied by photographs. Tenants submitting self-certifications do so under the penalty of perjury.
- Emergency Repair Program: Life-threatening repair requests will continue to be processed and applications accepted. Non-life threatening repair requests will be placed on a waitlist.
- Contact our Housing Navigator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Contact our Family Self-Sufficiency Program at email@example.com.
- If you have additional questions, please contact your Housing Specialist or call our front desk (480) 350-8953.
Apply for unemployment benefits
Arizona@Work job service
Local Work job search
Arizona Office of Tourism has a jobs list that could be a great resource for anyone who works for a restaurant, bar, hotel or attraction who might need temporary employment. Hospitality workers can find companies that are hiring and match help them match the skills associated with previous positions with open ones.
The City of Tempe will not disconnect residential water service or stop trash and recycling collection for those with overdue accounts until further notice. Households with existing disconnects will have their service restored as well.
Help paying bills
Do you have concerns about paying your utility bills now or in the near future? Even though utility companies are placing a hold on disconnects, help is available now to pay bills so individuals and families aren’t faced with a huge expense in the months ahead.
Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) is offering extra utility assistance for Tempe households. Residents do not need to have a disconnect notice to qualify. Even if residents have received utility assistance from TCAA in the past 12 months, they may still qualify for financial help.
The application is available here or residents can contact TCAA during business hours at 480-389-1375.
Residents must include all the required attachments with the application. Once it’s ready for review, drop off the application with the needed attachments at TCAA: 2146 E. Apache Blvd.
The city's CARE 7 crisis response program is continuing to support the community with its full range of services during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, CARE 7 is also offering services specific to the pandemic through a new effort called COVID Care. They include:
Online mental health resources. Community members will find information about counseling options, strategies for stress management, help for families concerned about meeting basic needs, connections to services for veteran and seniors, and more.
Free counseling. Tempe residents can receive free stress management counseling through CARE 7’s licensed counselors and social workers as well as counseling interns from Arizona State University. Up to three sessions are available focusing on understanding stress, developing coping skills and finding hopeful solutions to manage life in the time of coronavirus. Sessions are open to people age 18 and older. Call CARE 7 at 350-8004.
Help for teens and youth: Care 7’s youth specialists who normally work in Tempe high schools and middle schools are providing social and emotional support to students via text, email and calls. Students who were previously seeing a youth specialist on campus, or students who now have a need, can find the appropriate youth specialist below:
Desert Vista: Rang Ly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Compadre: Sylvia Lopez at Sylvia_lopez@tempe.gov
Corona Del Sol: Eskesha Clark at Eskesha_clark@tempe.gov
Marcos De Niza: Tristyn Rivas at Tristyn_rivas@tempe.gov
McClintock: Elizabeth Cling at Elizabeth_cling@tempe.gov
Mountain Pointe: Lorena Valle at Lorena_valle@tempe.gov
Tempe High: Mike Wilson at email@example.com
Kyrene Middle School: Jared Sidman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Connolly Middle School: Michelle Perin-Callahan at email@example.com
Free parenting support
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is offering free parenting support services to the community. Triple P classes normally happen face to face. But our Human Services Department, in partnership with Tempe Community Council, is now offering its Triple P program on a virtual platform. Triple P practitioners are available to support parents and caregivers of:
- Children ages 0 – 12, in English and Spanish
- Teens ages 13 – 16
- Children with diagnosed disabilities
Triple P is hosting a range of discussions on managing stress and parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include: Taking care of yourself, helping your child build resilience, the importance of routines and planning interesting things to do. There are multiple dates scheduled through May. In addition, parents have access to one-on-one consultations with Triple P practitioners. Explore available discussions and find helpful online resources at Triple P’s new COVID-19 webpage.
10 parenting tips
Here are 10 great suggestions from Triple P - Positive Parenting Program - for parents and caregivers who may be struggling to talk with their children during these uncertain times. Find the Spanish version here. The City of Tempe and Tempe Community Council partner with Triple P to offer free parenting classes for toddlers and teens on a regular basis. Keep checking back here to find out when the classes will resume.
Find reliable information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and community resources at:
Fever, cough, shortness of breath. Learn more.
5 ways to stop the spread
- Wash your hands often with soap ad water often for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if you don’t have access to soap and water.
- Visit the city’s portable handwashing stations at: Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe Beach Park, 6th Street Park, Tempe Salvation Army, Moeur Park.
- Cover your cough
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth with your hands
If you sleep outside
Keeping your distance from others can be challenging if you sleep outside. Help reduce the spread:
- Avoid groups of people; stay at least six feet away from others
- Don’t shake hands
- Avoid sharing cell phones, cigarettes, food and drinks
- Dispose of all waste in bags, separate from your living space.
In case of emergency, please call 9-1-1.
If you have a non-emergency issue that required Police or Fire, please call 480-350-8311.
You may report non-emergency police situations online.
If you are feeling sick, stay home. Call your doctor. Do not go to urgent care. Here's a list of things to do by the Center for Disease Control.