The STCS Program provides emergency assistance with:
- Providing emergency assistance to prevent homelessness by helping with rent or mortgage payments
- Emergency shelter
- Utility payments and utility deposit assistance
- Special needs related to maintaining or securing employment
- Rental deposits
A crisis according to the STCS program is defined as:
- A separation from the family that resulted from domestic violence where the applicant is unable to return home
- Loss of income
- An unforeseenevent that makes it difficult to meet one’s expenses
- A situation that endangers the health and safety of the family
*Applicant must be able to explain and provide proof of emergency need for assistance.
Who is eligible?
To qualify for STCS, the applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a resident of Arizona at the time of application
- Have a child under the age of 18 that meets US Citizenship or qualified legal resident criteria
- Have a total gross household income not exceeding 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Income can be slightly higher for households that include one or more senior citizens (60 years of age or older) or persons with disabilities.
How often can someone receive assistance?
The availability of STCS assistance is not guaranteed. STCS eligibility is limited to once in a 12 month period.
Where to Apply
To apply for STCS, contact the local Community Action Agency (CAA) in your area.
Short Term Crisis Services Policy Manual