Emergency Fund


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United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Partners with the Primavera Foundation to Help Federal Workers Impacted by Shutdown

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is investing $25,000 in an emergency fund created to raise money for the Primavera Foundation in order to help local individuals and families impacted by the recent shutdown of the federal government.

The fund will be used to support housing, utilities, childcare, and related costs for federal workers and their families in need, and will be distributed directly to landlords, utility companies, and other third parties on behalf of the employees.

While fund administrators are preparing to distribute these funds now, they have issued a call to the community for additional donations so that more households can be helped.

One hundred percent of donations made to this emergency fund will go directly to federal workers in need. Donations can be made online at www.unitedwaytucson.org/emergencyfund.

The fund’s launch comes at a time when federal government workers are facing late payment notices from landlords and mounting late fees for other unpaid bills. While the shutdown was recently lifted, the move was temporary, and without clarity on the longer-term prognosis, the unease around the ability to pay future bills endures.

The Primavera Foundation will host a special housing assistance event on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at their downtown Homeless Intervention and Prevention Drop-In Center located at 702 S. 6th Ave. Federal workers can make an appointment for this event by calling (520) 623-5111.

Additional information about the fund can be accessed at www.primavera.org/federal


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