As COVID-19 continues to spread and leave some community members out of jobs or income, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is taking steps to help borrowers who are struggling to make mortgage payments due to coronavirus. Hardship forbearance is an option for those who are unable to make their monthly mortgage payments.
The Tucson Metro Chamber is providing resources for all community members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you operate a small business in Tucson, Chamber's website offers you a list of financial, employee, and customer resources during this time.
You can also find resources on another website operated by the City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson).
Need someone to talk to during these times? The Warm Line is a confidential, non-emergency phone line for residents in Southern Arizona who need to speak with someone. This free service offers access to peer support operators who have first-hand experience living with mental illness or substance use.
The Ward 2 office will be closed until April first or until further notice. This is being done not only for the well being of my staff, but for members of the public who come to our office. We’ve also closed our meeting rooms.
We know that many of you will still have questions about city services, so my staff if still on call. We will be checking messages on the main number, 791-4687. They will also be following up on any emails to Ward2@tucsonaz.gov as well as any emails to their individual accounts.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey yesterday issued a series of Executive Orders that included activating the National Guard to help grocery stores and food banks restock shelves in the face of heightened demand.
The Downtown Tucson Partnership has posted a list of food and drink establishments offering pickup and/or delivery. To make it more convenient for customers, Park Tucson has set up free 15-minute designated parking spots throughout downtown for visitors ordering takeout.
The web page also features links to online shopping, fitness and wellness locations, and a list of organizations that people can donate to during the restrictions caused by coronavirus concerns.
The YMCA of Southern Arizona will continue to offer Spring Break Camp during the week of March 23-27. Registration for those camps is still open and is on a first-come, first-served basis for working families, prioritizing service for health care workers, first responders, and those who provide vital services to our community.
The City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) is inviting local businesses to join a free webinar to showcase local resource partners that can assist with access to capital, relief programs, and best practices during this challenging time.
The webinar takes place next Monday, March 23, from 3-4 p.m. Please register at this link. You can also follow the ConnectTucson link for COVID-19 resources.
To protect the staff and public and to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Tucson City Court is instituting operational changes. Starting tomorrow, March 20, there will be limited in-person access at the Court building until further notice. People seeking injunctions or appearing for related hearings are allowed in the building, but attendance is limited to counsel, court staff, law enforcement, and interpreters.
To protect public health and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Sun Tran has closed its Special Services Office until March 31. Normal bus schedules continue, but passengers are asked to observe safe social distancing of at least six feet away from each other when possible, and only use the rear door to enter and exit the bus. Non-ambulatory passengers who need a lift can board at the front of the bus.
As part of the City of Tucson's efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, the Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) will no longer accept cash payments at the Los Reales Landfill until further notice. Credit cards, debit cards, checks, or rechargeable cash cards will be accepted as payment.
Household Hazardous Waste collection is suspended and will not be available until further notice. There will be no interruption in trash, recycling, or Brush and Bulky Plus.
Most households should have received invitations to respond to the U.S. Census. More than 5 million people have already responded. Responding online, over the phone, or by mail means that census takers will not have to visit locations to help ensure an accurate count.