COVID-19 Won’t Hold Back Tucson’s Young Professionals
TYP has assembled a mix of resources for young professionals to stay safe, navigate financial hurdles, and have fun while supporting our community businesses. We don’t know how long COVID-19 will disrupt business as usual, but we do know we will continue to be resilient while seeking creative ways to weather this moment.
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If you’ve lost health coverage due to a job change or layoff, you have options:
- COBRA is a continuation of your employer health insurance coverage. Typically, employers discontinue their contribution to your monthly premiums, so, you are responsible for the full cost of coverage plus a 2% administrative charge.
- Shop the Marketplace on Healthcare.gov; loss of employer (or other) health coverage is a qualifying event that allows you to enroll in new health insurance outside of open enrollment. You have 60 days from the date of insurance loss to enroll. https://www.healthcare.gov
- You can also explore your options for you and your family with AHCCCS, Arizona’s Medicaid agency. https://www.azahcccs.gov You can also explore food assistance through SNAP.
If you’ve lost your job for good or for now, you can file for unemployment benefits through the state’s Department of Economic Security (DES). There has been a loosening of requirements to receive unemployment that is detailed at DES’ site. There is a flood of people filing, so be patient and persistent and in the box that asks if you are looking for work, simply write “COVID-19”.
The Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) outlined temporary expansions to Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and adds an Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). This adds paid sick leave for Corona Virus quarantine or the care of a family member and adds 10 weeks to the employer FMLA requirement.
Local First Arizona has gathered resources in one easy to navigate page: https://www.localfirstaz.com/covidresources
Pima Community College’s Small Business Development Center is helping businesses apply for low-interest federal disaster loans. Call 520-206-4580 and a consultant will get back to you.
Community Foundation of Southern AZ launched a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund offering grants to nonprofit organizations that had to cancel fundraising events.
- Arizona Together is the centralized site to access a comprehensive list of resources available throughout Arizona. This includes child, parent, mental health, emergency and housing support services: https://arizonatogether.org
- #ThisisTucson has compiled a list of food resources for restaurant workers and families: https://thisistucson.com/tucsonlife/where-to-find-free-meals-food-assistance-and-grocery-resources/article_973c3816-6ab9-11ea-9e12-8fcda1cde004.html
- No Kid Hungry has a texting hotline to find food distribution sites for kids dependant on the food lunch programs; text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877, more info at nokidhungry.org
- Community Action Partnership provides assistance with paying rent and utilities: https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/pima_county_community_action_a.html
- Interfaith Community Services can help with clothing, food and utilities: https://www.icstucson.org
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Tucson’s very own celebrity bartender Ryne Hoffman takes us on a QuarenTiki adventure with a cocktail of the week. Take a pic of your version of the cocktail, share on social and add #TYPGoesViral #TYPCocktailOTW
Featured cocktail: The Government’s Teat vodka drink