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Posted on: April 1, 2020

COVID-19 financial relief information for individuals & families available on city’s website

Financial Relief Information

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought economic uncertainty to many individuals and families. In response, financial assistance policies have been activated at the national, state and city levels, as well as by business industries. The city has developed a webpage that lists various resources available to individuals and families. 

The webpage can be accessed from the city’s COVID-19 page at www.surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19, where there is also information on the city’s response to COVID-19, business and workforce resources and community care resources.

Additionally, the financial relief resources for individuals and families are listed below:

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced March 30 that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some taxpayers who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the economic impact payment. Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. View Details

Renters – On March 24, Governor Ducey issued an executive order delaying the enforcement of eviction action orders for renters impacted by COVID-19. The order applies to renters who are quarantining due to COVID-19 or are facing economic hardship as a result of the outbreak. It will remain in effect for 120 days. Details here.

Banking and Mortgages – On March 30, Governor Doug Ducey announced a cooperative agreement with the state’s banks to protect small businesses and families from eviction and foreclosure. Under the agreement, banks are suspending evictions and foreclosures for at least 60 days, with the potential to extend that period for the duration of the state’s emergency declaration. Additionally, many banks are working directly with consumers on payment deferrals for certain consumer loans. If you are struggling to make payments, you should contact your bank directly to discuss payment deferral plans. Details here

Utilities – Arizona Public Service (APS), Salt River Project (SRP), Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and six electric cooperatives have agreed to provide reliable electricity to homes, hospitals, and businesses while making sure that Arizona residents facing financial difficulties will have choice, assistance, and reliable access to electricity. Details here.

Additionally, the City of Surprise is currently suspending City of Surprise water customer shutoffs through May 10. 

Internet Wireless & Wireline Internet Service – The FCC Chairman asked broadband and telephone service providers, and trade associations, to take the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. So far, more than 550 companies and associations have signed the pledge, which states they will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic; will waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and will open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them. Details here.

Many local internet providers have deals specific for the COVID-19 emergency and special offers for families with K-12 students. Those offers have been compiled by the Arizona Commerce Authority. Details here.

Other Recommended Resources

Arizona Together Initiative – A website dedicated to making sure Arizonans have access to the resources they need as we work to get our state through the COVID-19 outbreak, including information on unemployment assistance, childcare assistance, healthcare, and more. https://arizonatogether.org/

Arizona Commerce Authority – Resources for small businesses and workers facing employment loss. www.azcommerce.com/covid-19/

Surprise COVID-19 Business & Workforce Resources – Visit the “For Job Seekers” tab for employment resources. https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3802/COVID-19-Business-Workforce-Resources 

For more information about COVID-19 in English or Spanish, dial 2-1-1.

If you need public assistance, email publicassistance@az.gov.

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