Tucson workers and families who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic will soon be able to apply for $3 million in grants, the City Council says.

As part of the city’s CARES Act funding, the Workers and Families Grant Program will provide emergency assistance to individuals and families affected by the pandemic. The program is intended to help prevent eviction and homelessness, help with utility payments and assist with other needs such as groceries, gas and child-care costs.

“The pandemic has affected Tucsonans in many different ways, and while a large number of people have been able to receive federal aid — such as stimulus checks — others are struggling to meet basic needs because they do not qualify for current aid programs,” says Mayor Regina Romero.

“Offering the workers and families grant is another way mayor and council are supporting those who have fallen through the cracks and are most vulnerable,” Romero says.

Individuals who are over the age of 18 and who live in a Tucson ZIP code will be eligible to apply.

The program will prioritize individuals and families who have not yet received any state or federal COVID-19 relief money and those whose income does not reach the self-sufficiency standard for Pima County. If eligible, the one-time grant will provide up to $700 per individual and $1,200 per family.

The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona will administer the grant program and begin accepting applications Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. More information can be found at www.womengiving.org.

The Workers and Families Grant Program was created under the city’s We Are One/Somos Uno Resiliency Fund, which has also directed an additional $2.5 million of federal coronavirus funding to support local small businesses and nonprofits.

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Contact reporter Jasmine Demers at jdemers@tucson.com.

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Jasmine joined the Star in 2019. With a master’s degree in journalism, Jasmine served in a variety of leadership roles, including The Daily Wildcat's editor-in-chief. She was also named Outstanding Newsperson of the Year by the UA School of Journalism.