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Pima County Offers Hotline for Those Out of Work

The Pima County One-Stop Career Center is operating a "Dislocated Worker Hotline" at (520) 724-5735 to handle the increase in unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and Spanish speakers are available.

Workforce development specialists who operate the hotline can answer many questions about accessing unemployment insurance, offer job leads, and give referrals to community resources that can help with food, shelter, housing, and paying utilities, rent, or mortgages.

Complete Census Form While Staying at Home

As more Arizonans comply with orders to stay at home during the COVID-19 crisis, there are still some things they can do to help their communities. One item is completing their census forms online.

Responses help determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and guide how nearly $700 billion in federal funding is spent in communities each year. It’s estimated up to $3,000 per person, per year is at stake for Arizona. The answers are kept anonymous and are used only to produce statistics. 

Keep Your Kids Busy While They're at Home

As many of us stay at home during the pandemic, we are finding new ways to beat boredom with the kids home from school. There are plenty of ways to keep the whole family from going stir-crazy. Visit zoos, aquariums, and museums from around the world in the comfort of your own home.

Check out the City of Tucson's Kids Corner page and all the fun things to do. This site is updated frequently.

Emergency Relief Grants Available for Arizona Artists and Arts Organizations

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, with support from the City of Tucson and Pima County, is offering two emergency funding opportunities for the local arts community affected by the current COVID-19 health crisis. The Pivot Grant and the Emergency Fund Relief offer $50,000 in total between the programs, equally split between the two initiatives.

Follow the above link for a description of each grant program and how to apply.

COVID-19 Cases Continue to Increase in Arizona

COVID-19 cases in Arizona are rising daily. There are currently 2,456 cases in Arizona and 415 in Pima County. The Arizona Department of Health Services reported this morning, April 6, that there are now 65 deaths in the state related to the coronavirus.

Thirteen of the deaths were in Pima County. More than 80 people have been hospitalized in Pima County, and 51% of those hospitalized people are ages 65 and older.

Third Webinar Scheduled for ‘Navigating the Impacts of COVID-19 for Small Businesses’

The City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) is inviting local businesses to join a free webinar today, April 6, from 3-4 p.m., on the latest help for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week's webinar will focus on the Tucson Metro Chamber's new workforce program, what the City of Tucson's Planning and Development Services Department has to offer, and the latest on the state of the commercial real estate industry.

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