(3TV/CBS 5)-- As many Arizona businesses are closing their doors and even laying off employees amid the coronavirus pandemic, residents are wondering how they’re going to make ends meet during this difficult time.

Here are some resources to help those who’ve been laid off or are in fear of being laid off:

The Arizona Department of Economic Security

Gov. Doug Ducey announced an executive order that will waive search requirements and the one-week waiting period after an employee loses a job before applying for unemployment benefits. See the additional restrictions lifted here.

DES has set up a special section on their website where you can apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits, receive food assistance, childcare assistance and additional resources. 

The agency said it will start piloting virtual offices on March 26 in Glendale at 43rd and Olive avenues and in east Phoenix near the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway on Washington Street. They will offer limited in-person services.

Military Assistance Mission

MAM is helping struggling military families whose finances may have been disrupted. All current Arizona military E-5 and below are eligible for assistance. Click here for more information.

Help for service industry workers that are affected

Nonprofit organizations can be great resources when finding employment. For example, the Phoenix-based nonprofit Another Round, Another Rally is a financial resource for people in the hospitality industry who are currently jobless. According to Travis Nass, the co-founder of the organization, it's great for "dishwashers, busboys, servers, hosts, cashiers." The group is giving out $500 to every unemployed person who applies on their website and uploads their pay stub. 

Other nonprofits helping restaurant and bar workers find work are the USBG National Charity Foundation and Restaurant Workers Community Foundation.

Food Banks and Pantries

Arizona's Family has put together a list of more than 100 food banks and pantries in the Valley. We've also put together a list for those folks living outside Maricopa County.

HKM Employment Attorneys

The Phoenix law firm has set up a free hotline for workers who need legal advice. For assistance, you can call 480-660-4377. 

 

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