Employee Assistance & 928-523-1552 Wellness 928-523-8092 fax PO Box 5642 Ask-EAW@nau.edu Flagstaff, AZ 86011 nau.edu/eaw Thriving in Uncertain Times Statewide Resource List NAU Office of Employee Assistance and Wellness has compiled this list of resources available to employees around the state to help manage some of the challenges that may arise during these uncertain financial times. EAW does not endorse any of the agencies listed and takes no financial responsibility for services obtained from any of these resources. Employment Food Security/ Food Banks Federal & NAU Budget Health Services Housing/Mortgages Personal Finances Please call or e-mail EAW to find region-specific referrals or to suggest resources for the list. ONLINE & STATEWIDE RESOURCES Employment NAU Gateway Center NAU Gateway Center is a resource for students to investigate career options, yet their website has many career links that employees may find valuable as they look toward their professional futures. AZ Department of Economic Security (602) 542-3667 AZ Department of Economic Security is home to a number of programs intended to assist individuals and families facing financial difficulties including: o Employment Services o Unemployment Insurance o Feeling the Economic Crunch Career One Stop Career One Stop website provides information on many concerns related to employment. Food Security/ Food Banks Association of Arizona Food Banks Association of Arizona Food Banks is a network of statewide food bank services. The website houses a searchable database for users to find local resources for food assistance. AZ Department of Economic Security (602) 542-3667 AZ Department of Economic Security is home to a number of programs intended to assist individuals and families facing financial difficulties including: o DES Nutrition Assistance Program, thousands of Arizonans are able to provide adequate nutrition for their families. These services, combined with the support provided by the Women, Infant and Children program at the Department of Health Services and the Free or Reduced Lunch program through the Department of Education, also help to minimize the risk that Arizona’s children will experience developmental delays as a result of poor nutrition. School Based Nutrition Programs Arizona Department of Education (602) 542-8700 The Child Nutrition Programs provide cash assistance and donated foods to serve nutritionally adequate meals to children in schools, preschools, day care centers and homes. Eighty percent of the children served are low income based on free and reduced-income eligibility status. The free and reduced status is based on the federal poverty guidelines and is an indicator of a child's at-risk status. Local schools can provide more information based on a family’s needs. The following programs are available in different areas around the state: o After School Snack Program o Child and Adult Care Program o Food Distribution Program o National School Lunch and Breakfast Program o Special Milk Program o Summer Food Service Program Women, Infants and Children (WIC) (800) 252-5WIC/ (800) 252-5942 The Arizona WIC Program is a federally-funded program designed to provide supplemental foods, nutrition education, and referrals to other health and social services as a part of good health care during critical times of growth and development. The goal is to prevent health problems, and to improve the health status of eligible women, infants, and children. Eligibility guidelines may be difficult to interpret as they are flexible based on individual family needs. Contact your local office for an eligibility appointment to best assess your personal situation. Nutrition on a Budget These websites provide information for families and individuals to eat healthy on a budget: o Supermarket Savings: 16 Tips that Total BIG Bucks! o National Institutes for Health: We Can! Initiative o Small Steps to Health & Wealth Federal & NAU Budget Information American Recovery and Reinvestment Act NAU Office of the President Budget Website Health Services Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) AHCCCS is Arizona’s Medicaid program. Eligibility is not performed under one roof, but by various agencies, depending on the category. For example, pregnant women, families, and children generally enter AHCCCS by way of the state’s Department of Economic Security. The blind, aged, or disabled who receive Supplemental Security Income enter through the Social Security Administration. Eligibility for programs like KidsCare, long-term care, and Medicare Cost Sharing is handled by AHCCCS itself. Each eligibility group has its own income and resource criteria. Click on the links for more specific information about coverage for: o Families o Children Only o Pregnant Women o Adults without Children o Seniors KidsCare KidsCare (Arizona State Children's Health Insurance Program/ Az S-CHIP) provides medical coverage for children who have had no health insurance for the last three months. Eligibility requirements are more forgiving than many other assistance programs. In person eligibility interviews are not required; you may apply for this program by mail. Arizona Long Term Care Systems (ALTCS) ALTCS is a program for aged (65 and over), blind, or disabled individuals who need ongoing services at a nursing facility level of care. Applications are processed at local ALTCS offices. Community Health Centers Spread across 50 states and all U.S. territories, there are 1,200 Community Health Centers that provide vital primary care to 18 million Americans with limited financial resources. The Arizona Association of Community Health Centers has links to its member agencies around the state on its website. County Health Departments County health departments across the state provide a number of services for residents. Each county offers services unique to the needs of their population. For information about your county, follow this link. Housing/ Mortgage Mortgage Provider Contact your mortgage providers to learn how the federal stimulus package could impact your mortgage options. AZ Department of Housing ADOH offers many programs for Arizona residents in need of mortgage and housing support. Federal Housing Administration Housing Counseling Housing counseling agencies offer guidance on home buying, renting, reverse mortgages, and default and foreclosure prevention. US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HUD offers a few programs to help individuals and families find affordable housing around Arizona. Those programs include: o Subsidized Apartment program helps apartment owners offer reduced rents to low- income tenants. To apply, contact or visit the management office of each apartment building that interests you. You can search for subsidized apartments here. o Public Housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Find public housing in your area on this page. o Housing Choice Vouchers allow very low-income families to choose and lease or purchase safe, decent, and affordable privately-owned rental housing. o Southwest Office of Native American Programs ensures that safe, decent and affordable housing is available to Native American families, creates economic opportunities for Tribes and Indian housing residents, assists Tribes in the formulation of plans and strategies for community development, and assures fiscal integrity in the operation of the programs. Personal Finances Local Bank Branch Visit your local bank branch and inquire about free or affordable financial consultation services. Many banks provide their members with such resources to create budgets, reduce debt, and plan for future expenses. Feed the Pig Feed the Pig is sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ad Council. The site focuses on financial literacy for individuals and families including tips, tools, and resources for your “tween”-age children. America Saves America Saves is a website with savings and wealth planning information.