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Unemployment Benefits

The U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance for state unemployment insurance programs to extend benefits to individuals whose employment status is impacted by COVID-19. Visit the Arizona Unemployment Insurance Program portal to apply for benefits and file weekly claims, or call them Mon-Fri 8am-5pm: (602) 364-2722 (Phoenix area), (520) 791-2722 (Tucson area), 1 (877) 600-2722 (toll free).

Cash Assistance
  • The Cash Assistance program provides temporary cash benefits and supportive services to Arizona’s children and their families.
  • Work requirements for Cash Assistance recipients are temporarily suspended while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect employment opportunities.
  • To apply, complete and submit an online application though Health-e-Arizona Plus, download the Application for Benefits with KidsCare Application Addendum and turn it in by mail or fax, or call (855) 432-7587 to request a paper application be mailed to you. After receiving and completing the application, turn it in by mail or fax.

Economic Impact Payment (Stimulus Check)

Authorized by the newly enacted COVID-relief legislation, the second round of payments, or “EIP 2,” is generally $600 for singles and $1,200 for married couples filing a joint return. In addition, those with qualifying children will also receive $600 for each qualifying child. Dependents who are 17 and older are not eligible for the child payment.

The IRS emphasizes that there is no action required by eligible individuals to receive this second payment. The IRS reminds taxpayers that the payments are automatic, and they should not contact their financial institutions or the IRS with payment timing questions. 

As with the first round of payments under the CARES Act, most recipients will receive these payments by direct deposit. For Social Security and other beneficiaries who received the first round of payments via Direct Express, they will receive this second payment the same way.

Relief for “Gig Economy” Workers and Contractors

Self-employed workers, including independent contractors, freelancers, people seeking part-time work and those who do not have a long-enough work history to qualify for state unemployment benefits may qualify for benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Those seeking benefits should visit the Arizona Department of Economic Security website for more information.

Additional Financial Resources

Learn about the help you can get through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by visiting There are government programs to help pay for phone bills, medical bills, and other expenses. You can also learn how to apply for temporary assistance.

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