The Department of Economic Security provides temporary financial assistance to help meet the basic, immediate needs of Arizonans and assist individuals and families to achieve independence and self-sufficiency. Those programs include:
Cash Assistance (CA): The Cash Assistance program provides temporary cash benefits and supportive services to the most vulnerable Arizona children and their families. The program helps families meet their basic needs and serves as their bridge back to self-sufficiency.
State Assistance (SA): State Assistance consists of the Tuberculosis Control and Child Safety Seat Programs.
Short Term Crisis Services (STCS): The STCS program provides temporary assistance to low income households experiencing an emergency situation. Services are provided to assist the household in temporarily stabilizing the crisis. Through contracts with community providers, federal and state funds are used to provide assistance with utilities, rent or mortgage payments, repairs and special needs to obtain or maintain employment.
Child Support Services: The child support program helps to ensure that both custodial and non-custodial parents have the support they need in order ensure their family’s well-being and self-sufficiency. Specifically, the child support program helps to locate the non-custodial parent; establish legal paternity for children born out of wedlock; establish a legal child or medical support order; enforce child and medical support orders; and collect child support payments.
Unemployment Insurance Program (UI): The UI program provides a measure of economic security through financial assistance to the individual worker when unemployment occurs. The UI Program pays benefits to individuals who become unemployed through no fault of their own.
Social Security Administration Disability Programs: Social Security benefits are critical to help many people with disabilities meet their basic financial needs. The DES Disability Determination Service Administration (DDSA) determines medical eligibility for two Social Security Administration (SSA) disability programs: (1) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), also known as Title II; and (2) Supplemental Security Income (SSI), also known as Title XVI.
Tuberculosis Control (TC): The TC program determines eligibility and provides assistance for the support of applicants who are certified unemployable by the State Tuberculosis Control Officer as a result of communicable tuberculosis. This assistance can also be provided to the applicant's dependents, when applicable.
Community Action Agencies (CAAs): For low income populations, local CAAs work to alleviate poverty and eliminate the need for long-term assistance by empowering individuals and families in their communities. CAAs help coordinate emergency assistance, provide weatherization services, sponsor youth programs, operate senior centers and provide transportation in rural areas. CAAs provide linkages to job training opportunities, GED preparation courses, and vocational education programs.