COVID-19 Help: Local, State & Federal Resource Guide

This guide was compiled by In&Out Magazine, sister publication to Anthem News and North Phoenix News. In order to get comprehensive information about covid, contact essay experts both with a specific question and to learn about the virus in general.

COVID-19 Information

Arizona Department of Health Services
COVID–19 case numbers in Arizona and other information

COVID–19 Arizona Hotline
Dial 211 for important COVID-19 related information in both English and Spanish, or visit for information on food, shelter and unemployment benefits.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
U.S. updates and general coronavirus information.

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
For COVID-19 case data nationally and internationally.

Public Assistance 
Email: [email protected]
For the public to ask general questions regarding COVID-19 and government assistance.

General Support

Anthem Cares Through Service 
3655 W. Anthem Way, A109-349
Anthem, AZ 85086

Provides financial assistance to Anthem residents in need, plus has volunteers who drive people without transportation to medical appointments and provide other services. For help, email s. To help, you can send a check or email to volunteer.

St. Vincent de Paul
c/o St. Rose Church
2825 W. Rose Canyon Circle
Anthem, AZ 85086
Helps people in Anthem, Tramonto, Desert Hills, New River and Black Canyon City with food and financial needs. For help, call 623-465-9694. To help, you can send a check.

Arizona Self Help

Prescreen for over 40 social service programs in one step for free.

People’s Information Guide
A comprehensive list of free and low–cost services and programs throughout the state.


Arizona Department of Economic Security

Find child care and apply for child-care assistance. 


Digital Arizona Library

Free resources for e–learners, digital newspapers, ebooks, research topics and more.

Maricopa County Library District

Electronic downloads and streaming services, including ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, movies and television. All free with a library card.

Arizona Department of Education: Virtual Resource Hub

Over 100 online resources for general and special education, divided by grade level and subject matter.

Financial Help

Business Resources: Arizona Commerce Authority

Information on job loss, unemployment benefits, childcare support, loans and grants for small business, the supply chain and logistics, and the U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Relief Fund Program. [See Page 19 for more on business resources.]

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Individuals can apply for a temporary source of income, either online or by phone between 7 a.m.– 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. See all eligibility requirements online. Expanded unemployment insurance coverage—an additional $600 federal benefit per week for up to 4 months—is available now, for people furloughed or laid off, and sole proprietors, independent contractors and self-employed people.

Arizona Department of Housing: Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance

Home renters in Arizona who have suffered a substantial loss of income due to COVID–19 may apply online for assistance with rent. 

Arizona at Work: Innovative Workplace Solutions

Search for jobs, receive free online training, take a career and skill assessment and request application and resume assistance.

Mortgage Assistance
1-800-232-6643 and 1-800-373-3343

Help for homeowners who have been directly or indirectly affected by the coronavirus and are struggling to make mortgage payments.

Short–Term Crisis Services
City of Phoenix Human Services
200 W. Washington St., Floor 17, Phoenix

Temporary assistance to low–income families, with at least one dependent child living at home, during a time of emergency in which their finances cannot cover costs.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Rental Help

Search for public housing and subsidized apartments with reduced rents for low–income families.

Utility Assistance

Maricopa County Human Services
234 N. Central Ave., Suite 3000, Phoenix

Contact the local Community Action Agency for help with utility and mortgage assistance, eviction or foreclosure prevention assistance, rental deposits and emergency shelter.

The Home Energy Assistance Fund
Help for low–income families to pay heating, cooling and appliance repair costs. See eligibility requirements and local offices for application online.

Food and Nutrition

Meals for Kids (and Adults) During School Closures

Grab–and–go program for children and teens ages 18 and under of any school to receive one free breakfast and lunch per day. Children must be present at time of pick–up. Adults may purchase breakfast for themselves for $1 and lunch for $2. Monday–Friday. See locations below for pick–up times:

Barry Goldwater High School
2820 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix
11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Beuf Community Center
3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road
Distributed at the park, enter from 35th Avenue.
11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Boulder Creek High School
40404 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem
11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Ridgeline Academy
33625 N. North Valley Parkway, Phoenix
Adult meals not available at this location.
11 a.m.–noon

Desert Mission Food Bank
9229 N. 4th St., Phoenix

Services the following zip codes: 85086, 85085 and 85027. Proof of residency and photo identification required. Call in advance to ensure availability of supplies and current hours, procedures and requirements.

Foothills Food Bank
6038 E. Hidden Valley Drive, Cave Creek

Services the following zip codes: 85086, 85085 and 85087. Proof of residency and photo identification required. Call in advance to ensure availability of supplies and current hours, procedures and requirements.

Health-e Arizona Plus

Website to apply for Nutritional Assistance (formerly the Food Stamp Program), medical assistance and cash assistance programs.

WIC Program: Maricopa County Constitution Elementary WIC
18440 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix
The Arizona Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides help to families, including nutritional education, supplemental nutritious foods and health and social services resources. See website for eligibility requirements.


Arizona Alliance for Community Health Center
NOAH: Venado Valley Health Center
20440 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix
Non–profit healthcare providers committed to making comprehensive primary health care available to all, regardless of insurance status.

HonorHealth: COVID-19 testing (not a free service)
Call the nurse line before coming in: 480-587-6200
Symptom Checker:

Check symptoms or chat with a caregiver for free to determine the proper steps depending on the situation, plus other resources and tips.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Mental Health Tips

Stress relief suggestions for all, helpful information for parents, including changes to watch for in their children and trauma resources for first responders and those recovering from quarantine.
Just need to talk to someone?
Call the Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

MomDoc: Virtual Healthcare Visits for Pregnant Women
Coronavirus information for expectant mothers, plus virtual healthcare visits available to all, regardless of ability to pay.

Teledoc Health

Speak with a doctor, therapist or medical expert anytime and anywhere, via telephone. Set up an account online or download the app. Virtual visit results can be shared with your primary care physician upon completion. Copay varies by insurance plan, but out–of–pocket cost is $49 or less for everyday care.


Area Agency on Aging: Region One
Meals and services for ages 60 and up, their caregivers and adults with disabilities and long–term care needs, plus a 24/7 senior help line.

Arizona Commodity Senior Food Program

A monthly food package program for ages 60 and up. See eligibility requirements online.

Ciatlin Coulter
NoPho resident Caitlin Struchen launched her journalism career when she joined In&Out Publications as event listings editor in 2017. She has a bachelor of science degree in communication from Arizona State University.

Ciatlin Coulter

NoPho resident Caitlin Struchen launched her journalism career when she joined In&Out Publications as event listings editor in 2017. She has a bachelor of science degree in communication from Arizona State University.

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