The following information is about the Workers & Families Grant, which is part of the City of Tucson’s We Are One | Somos Uno Resiliency Fund. Applications were accepted for the Workers & Families Grant in August and September. Applications are NOT opening again.
IF YOU WERE APPROVED TO RECEIVE A CHECK AND HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED IT, PLEASE BE PATIENT AS OUR Courier DRIVERS WORK TO DELIVER IT TO YOU. YOU SHOULD RECEIVE YOUR CHECK BY JANUARY 22. When you receive the check, please cash it right away!
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Frequently Asked Questions
How will I know if my application was approved?
If your application was approved, you would have received an email. If you share an email account with others, you will need to confirm which person on the account actually received funding. The check will be delivered to them the most current address we have on file.
I was approved! When and how will I receive the money?
If you were approved and do not yet have your check, it is being delivered to you via courier. You will receive it during the first several weeks of January –and be sure to cash it right away!
I heard the deadline to cash my check was December 30, but I received it from a delivery service after the 30th. Is it still valid?
Yes! You can still cash your check , but please cash it ASAP. We do not know when the federal government will require unclaimed funds to be returned.
Where can I cash my check / I am having problems cashing my check / I don’t have a bank account?
We are aware that some check cashing places (Walmart, Frys, etc) are not accepting these checks. Do not go to a cash checking place. If they have to call us to verify the check, it will delay the process and they may charge you fees. If you do not have a bank account or are having issues cashing your check, please go to a BMO Harris Bank branch. They are familiar with this program and you will be able to cash your check because this is the bank we use and where the funds are coming from. BMO Harris is waiving fees to cash these checks at their branches, and be sure to remind your teller if they try to charge a fee. Here are the BMO Harris locations:
- 35 N Houghton Rd
- 10655 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
- 1200 N Wilmot Rd
- 4380 N Campbell Ave #100, Tucson, AZ 85718
Most banks will require two forms of identification to cash checks if you are not an account holder at the bank. Here is a list of accepted IDs:
- State ID
- Driver’s license
- Law enforcement card
- Employee ID (but not a pay stub)
- Credit or debit card
- Student ID
- Military ID
If you are over 65, you can also use your SSN card, Medicare card, or voter registration card.
My application was denied in September, but later I received an email that my status was changed to approved in November/December. Is this real/legitimate?
Yes! More funding was allocated from Mayor and Council so we have been able to approve more applications.
The rejection email I received in September said I wasn’t eligible because
- You do not reside within the limits of Tucson or South Tucson,
- You received prior COVID-19 relief, such as the Federal Stimulus Relief Check,
- Your income was not among the very lowest for Pima County, per your family demographic,
…but I DO live in Tucson / or I DIDN’T receive relief / or I’m barely making any money this year!
The email in September provided the 3 most common reasons why applications were not approved. Those reasons didn’t apply to everyone and may not be the case for you. Most applications were not approved simply because there were 4-times more applicants than available funding. We don’t doubt that you are in need and we are truly sorry we could not share better news with you.
To clarify point number one (residence location), there are many addresses which technically fall out of the city limits. This is a city stipulation and not within our control. Again, receiving that email did not mean you personally do not live in Tucson or South Tucson; it was included as a possible explanation.
I was not approved in September. When will I find out if I will be approved this time? Can I reapply?
New applications or changes to existing applications are not being accepted. 4-times as many people applied than there was available funding for earlier this year, so the additional funding went towards applications we already had. The applications have been sorted by “most need.” Only a select number of people will receive funding in the second round due to a limit on funding.
We are currently contacting individuals about delivery status of their checks. If you did not receive an email alerting you that your application status has changed, we are very sorry but that means you will not be receiving a check.
How did you decide who was approved?
The families and individuals who have the lowest income and have not received any other COVID-19 relief were prioritized based on their applications. We know these are challenging times and if you were NOT approved for this fund, we are truly sorry that we could not share better news. We believe you and the unfortunate reality is that the need in our community is so great that there is not enough funding in this particular grant for everyone who has applied.
There are many local organizations offering assistance, and we encourage you to call the community resource hotline, 2-1-1, if you have immediate need for services. Also, Congresswoman Kirkpatrick’s caseworkers stand ready to help on any federal programs, including the VA, Social Security, HHS, HUD, or others. The number to call is 520-885-3588.
Where is the new money/additional 4 million dollars coming from?
The Mayor & Council voted to put an additional 4 million dollars into the Workers & Families relief fund. This is in addition to the 3 million dollars allocated to this fund earlier this year. All of this is CARES Act funding, federal COVID relief money.
What is the We Are One | Somos Uno Resiliency Fund for Workers and Families?
The We Are One | Somos Uno Resiliency Fund for Workers and Families is part of the City of Tucson’s larger We Are One | Somos Uno Resiliency Fund. This program is for individuals over 18 years of age and families who live in Tucson and South Tucson, who have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, and have not yet received any state or federal relief money for COVID-19. Qualifying individuals can receive a one-time payment of up to $700, and families can receive up to $1,200.
Who was eligible?
For the most recent round of funding, ONLY existing applicants are eligible. You must have applied during the application window earlier this year, and you must have met all eligibility requirements – but this does not guarantee you will receive the funding.
These were the eligibility requirements of the original application:
Individuals and families may be eligible to receive funding from the We Are One | Somos Uno Resiliency Fund for Workers and Families if they:
- Live in eligible zip codes in the corporate limits of the City Tucson or South Tucson
- Are over 18 years old as of August 6, 2020
- Have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 but have not yet received any other COVID-19 relief money from the state or federal government
No more than two families per address are allowed to receive a grant from this fund. Although these funds are distributed through the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, gender identity will not affect your eligibility. This fund is for all qualified workers and families, not just women.
How and when do I apply?
Applications are now closed.
If I am eligible and receive funding, what can I use the money for?
The purpose of the We Are One | Somos Uno Resiliency Fund for Workers and Families is to provide emergency assistance to workers and families impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency; and specifically to provide short-term emergency disaster relief to help prevent eviction, prevent homelessness, assist with rent or mortgage payments, assist with subsidies for utility payments to preserve essential services, and other individual and family needs arising out of the economic impacts of COVID-19. Federal guidelines state that funds may not be used for property taxes.
Will my personal information be shared? What will you do with the information we provide in the application?
Although your mailing address is required in the application for verification of residency in Tucson or South Tucson, and might be used to mail your payment, your mailing addresses will not be stored for any other purposes and will not be included in Federal reporting data.
Do I need to report this when I file my taxes?
You will not need to report this in taxes because it has already been taxed.
I am concerned about fraud – for example, I believe I may have been contacted by someone other than the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, or I have come across a fraudulent check.
The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona will NEVER ask for your banking information or charge you any fees. Please beware of scams. Please contact the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona with any concerns about fraud or check delivery status at 520-622-8886 ext 2.