Gila Bend Recovery

Navigating Resources

If you need assistance accessing the website and navigating the resources, help is available at the Gila Bend Library. You can use a computer at the library or bring your own device and use the library’s WiFi. Personnel is available to assist you with navigating the website and accessing resources, including Spanish translation.
Site navigation helper will be at the Gila Bend Library during their regular library business hours. WiFi is available outside the library and is available after hours.
Address
777 N Logan Ave, Gila Bend, AZ 85337
Hours of Operation
Monday: 10 -7 pm
Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
COVID-19 Protocols
Masks are recommended, but not required to entire the library.
Masks are available.

MARICOPA COUNTY AGENCIES

Maricopa County Human Services Department

The Maricopa County Human Services Department, Community Services Division provides crisis assistance, primarily rent and utility assistance, through the local Gila Bend Community Action Program.  Community Action services the communities of Gila Bend, Agua Caliente, Hyder, Paloma, and Sentinel.

We encourage residents impacted by the flood to contact the local Community Action Program and make their needs known. 

Contact Information
Gila Bend Community Action – Juanaysa Ortiz: 928-683-6502
Maricopa County Customer Services Line: 602-506-0589
Website: maricopa.gov/5682/Community-Action-Program-Offices

Maricopa County Housing Authority

The Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) offers Affordable Property Management Rentals and Rental Assistance Programs to individuals and families within HAMC’s jurisdiction. HAMC owns and manages 500 units in 15 communities throughout Maricopa County. The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV), also known as Section 8, is a rental assistance program designed to assist low-income families rent apartments or homes in the private market. The Housing Authority of Maricopa County is an Equal Housing Opportunity provider.

Contact Information
Email: info@maricopahousing.org
Website: maricopahousing.org | geo.azmag.gov/maps/hamc

Maricopa County Environmental Services

The Maricopa County Environmental Services Department addresses environmental risks associated with mosquitoes, safe drinking water, sewage, foodborne illness, and more. The Department’s Environmental Health Division oversees food safety in restaurants, bars, grocery stores, convenience stores, and other food service establishments. In addition, they oversee health and safety in public accommodation establishments and school grounds. Please contact Tesann (Tess) Fornasiero at (602) 506-6026 or envretailgrocery@maricopa.gov with any questions related to these establishments. For all other inquiries, please call Johnny Dilone, 602-506-6611

Contact Information
Submit a complaint: 602-506-6616
Website: maricopa.gov/631/Environmental-Services

Flood Control District of Maricopa County 

The Flood Control District of Maricopa County works to protect Maricopa County residents from the risk of injury and property damage due to flooding.  The Floodplain Use Permitting Branch oversees development within a designated floodplain.  Flood damage repairs and other improvements are regulated by the Floodplain Regulations for Maricopa County and need to meet local, state and federal regulations before work can begin.  A Floodplain Use Permit may be needed before you build, grade, fill install any type of wall or fencing or perform any other man-made change to the property. Visit the Maricopa County permitting portal for additional information.  Visit https://gis.maricopa.gov/FCD/FloodplainViewer/ to determine if you are in a floodplain.  For questions, please contact Jennifer Lynch at jennifer.lynch@maricopa.gov or call 602-506-3320

Contact Information
Submit a complaint: 602-506-2419
Website: maricopa.gov/959/Floodplain-Information

GILA BEND

Town of Gila Bend Public Works and Engineering Department

Assistance with street issues.

Contact Information
Jose Gonzales: 928-683-2255; jgonzales@gilabendaz.org; gilabendaz.org/97/Public-Works 

Town Of Gila Bend Water and Waste Water 

Assistance with water and wastewater issues.

Contact Information
Donovan Schoon: 928-683-2255; dschoon@gilabendaz.org 

Town Of Gila Bend Social Services Department  

Food and utility assistance, Senior assistance, disability assistance.

Contact Information
Erica Amezcua, Social Services Director: 928-683-2244; eamezcua@gilabendaz.org 
Yenni Rios, Family Resource Program Specialist (for young families 0-5 years): 602-663-0214yrios@gilabendaz.org 
Joanne Carpenter, Family Resource Center Coordinator: 928-683-6502jcarpenter@gilabendaz.org 
Erica Amezcua, Senior Center Coordinator: 928-683-2244eamezcua@gilabendaz.org 
Website:  gilabendaz.org/103/Social-Services

Town Of Gila Bend Community and Economic Development Department 

Building inspections and code compliance.  

Contact Information
Phone: 928-683-2255
Website: gilabendaz.org/101/Community-Economic-Development

Maricopa County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (MCCOAD)

Arizona Southern Baptist Disaster Relief

AZ SBDR is available for flood recovery work beginning when the water has subsided.  We can remove household items, floor coverings, drywall, etc.  We can also spray cleaned-out homes with Shockwave Solution to help in mold remediation. There is no charge for our work. Homeowners will be sent a Request for Assistance form to be filled out and emailed back.

Contact Information
Email: azsbcdr@gmail.com

United Methodists/UMCOR Response

UMCOR will work with survivors with damaged homes to assist with salvage of possessions, removal of damaged wallboard/etc. Survivors are required to sign exactly what they want us to do, such that both of us know what is expected. Our muck outs are complete, with debris placed by the curb according to the guidelines of the local community.

Contact Information
Polly Turner MD:  480-861-9033;  pollyjt@outlook.com
Jo Robinson: 520-576-8663;  josiewales95@yahoo.com

211 Arizona

Services Details: 2-1-1 Arizona Information and Referral Service operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week and every day of the year. Live-operator service is available at all times in English and Spanish and assistance is available in other languages via real-time interpreter services.


2-1-1 Arizona operators will help individuals and families find resources that are available to them locally, throughout the state, and provide connections to critical services that can improve – and save – lives, including:

Supplemental Food and Nutrition Programs, Shelter and Housing Options, Utilities Assistance, Emergency Information and Disaster Relief, Employment and Education Opportunities, Services for Veterans, Healthcare, vaccination and health epidemic information, Addiction Prevention and Rehabilitation Programs, Re-entry help for ex-offenders, Support groups for individuals with mental illnesses or special needs, A safe, confidential path out of physical and/or emotional domestic violence

Contact Information
2-1-1
211arizona.org

Consulate of Mexico

On-site assistance to obtain a passport, consular ID, birth certificate and other consular documents. For legal consultation and other assistance services, a preliminary interview can be conducted over the phone.  Legal consultation, general orientation and financial assistance.

Contact Information
602-242-7398
consulmex.sre.gob.mx/phoenix

Arizona Humane Society (AHS) 

Companion Animal Assistance

As the state’s designated responder for animals in distress during natural disasters, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) is currently providing temporary pet sheltering for those affected by the flooding and plans to remain in Gila Bend through Thursday evening. If you are temporarily displaced, please visit AHS’ Emergency Response Team at the pet shelter located in the gymnasium at the old high school, 308 N. Martin Ave., for assistance.  The onsite team is also available by phone: 602-587-5452 or via email at dispatch@azhumane.org.

AHS is also offering the following services now through at least Thursday, August 19 to Gila Bend pet owners impacted by flooding, regardless of whether their pets are being temporarily sheltered at the gym at the old high school:

  • Veterinary exams for pets with minor injuries due to flooding
  • Decontamination baths for pets in flood waters – this should be done immediately
  • Longer-term temporary housing for pets as part of AHS’ Project Home Away from Home Program*

*AHS’ onsite Emergency Response Team will meet with pet owners to determine eligibility.

Contact Information
602-587-5452
azhumane.org/disaster
dispatch@azhumane.org

Lost Our Home Pet Rescue

If you are struggling with a crisis situation, Lost Our Home offers a Temporary Care Program for families in need of a temporary home for their pet(s). The purpose of this program is to provide care for pets to reunite pets with their families following a crisis. This program offers up to 90 days of care. Please read through the following in its entirety to learn more.
Lost Our Home is not only dedicated to rehoming pets in need, but also reuniting pets and their families after a crisis.

Contact Information
For prioritization, submit an application at lostourhome.org/get-help/temporary-care then email TCP@lostourhome.org and let them know you are in Gila Bend and in need of flooding assistance. 

The Salvation Army | Lead for Donations Management

Contact Information
salvationarmyphoenix.org
602-267-4100

STATE AGENCIES 

Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AR ROC)

Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZ ROC) is the state agency that licenses and regulates residential and commercial contractors in Arizona. AZ ROC staff investigates and works to resolve complaints against licensed contractors and unlicensed entities. During disasters, it is not uncommon for impacted property owners to be scammed by individuals taking advantage of those who feel rushed to make immediate decisions regarding repairs to homes or businesses. Arizona Registrar of Contractors welcomes property owners to call the agency for information about how to avoid these scams and to know which steps to take when hiring someone for repairs, so they are not the victims of additional disasters, such as abandoned or shoddy work.

Contact Information
Verify license status: roc.az.gov
File a claim for the Residential Recovery Fund and see eligibility requirements at roc.az.gov/recovery-fund
Jessie Winter, Public Information Liaison, Arizona Registrar of Contractors; 602-882-6084; jessie.winter@roc.az.gov

Arizona Department of Veteran Services

ADVS Benefit Counseling: DVS employs 32 Veteran Benefits Counselors (VBCs), who are accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and advocate for Arizona’s service members, veterans and their families with receiving federal and state veteran benefits.

Contact Information
Schedule an appointment at 602-535-1215
Submit application: dvs.az.gov/benefits-page

Arizona Military Relief Fund

The Arizona Military Relief Fund provides financial assistance to the families of currently deployed service members and Pre & Post-9/11 Military and Veteran Families for hardships they experience.

Contact Information
Military Family Relief Fund and eligibility requirements: dvs.az.gov/requesting-MFRF
Be Connected, call: 1-866-429-8387

ADVS Benefits Counseling

Contact Information
Schedule an appointment: 602-535-1215
Be Connected, call: 1-866-429-8387
ADVS Benefits Counseling: dvs.az.gov/benefits-page
Get more information: beconnectedaz.org

Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions (DIFI)

DIFI provides consumer guides that are intended to assist flood victims with advice and tips to working with insurance representatives through the claims process, rebuilding after a loss and the purchase of flood insurance.

Contact Information
File a complaint: DIFI.az.gov and Search "File a Complaint

Department of Economic Security

DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in Arizona will be safe and economically secure. DES works to promote enhanced safety and well-being for Arizonans by focusing on three primary goals:  Strengthening individuals and families; Increasing self-sufficiency; and Developing the capacity of communities.

Contact Information
des.az.gov

Division of Developmental Disabilities

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) serves more than 40,000 people with developmental disabilities and their families throughout Arizona each year. DDD empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to lead self-directed, healthy, and meaningful lives. DDD provides support and services for eligible Arizonans. DDD provides supports and services to individuals diagnosed with one of the following developmental disabilities: Autism; Cerebral palsy; Epilepsy; Cognitive / Intellectual Disability; or Are under the age of six and at risk of having a Developmental Disability

The Support Coordination Supervisor is reaching out to all members who may be impacted by the recent floods to check in and see if there are any supports that the case management team can provide during this time. 

Contact Information
Support Coordinator Supervisor, Martinez O'Brien: 480-298-6866
DES DDD Customer Service Center:  DDDCustomerServiceCenter@azdes.gov

Toll Free 844-770-9500
TTY/TDD 711
Get more information: des.az.gov/services/disabilities/developmental-disabilities 

Division Of Benefits and Medical Eligibility

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Benefits and Medical Eligibility helps families meet their basic needs;  Nutrition, Cash and Medical Assistance application and eligibility services are available online and by phone. 

We can provide support with applications and interviews for Nutrition Assistance, replacement of SNAP benefits for the food purchased and lost by the flood, and issuance of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards or replacement of EBT cards


Contact Information
Patricia Arbigo: 602-774-5116
Get more information: myfamilybenefits.azdes.gov  |  des.az.gov

Division Of Adult and Aging Services

The Division of Aging and Adult Services provides a safety net of services to help people achieve and maintain their highest level of self-sufficiency, and works to support at-risk Arizonans to meet their basic needs and to live safely, with dignity and independence. The Division supports a diverse population, from homeless youth to older adults.

We can assist with working with our partners at Gila Bend Senior Center as it is currently open and operational. Anyone who cannot make it into the center will be provided with a home-delivered meal. The Senior Center is operated by the Town of Gila Bend and is located at 202 E. Euclid St., Gila bend, AZ 85337. 

Contact Information
Call: 928-683-2244

St. Mary's Food Bank partners 

St. Mary's Food Bank partners with the Town of Gila bend Community Action program to provide Emergency Food Boxes. St. Mary's at this time does not have any additional plans this week in Gila Bend, however, they will reach out to Gila Bend to offer additional assistance if needed. 

Contact Information
des.az.gov/services/older-adults

State Bar of Arizona Public Service Center 

The Public Service Center (PSC) will connect flood victims with volunteer lawyers who can offer brief legal advice on issues related to the flooding, such as property damage, insurance claims and more.

Contact Information
Carol Rose: 602-340-7257

FARM ASSISTANCE - USDA

Contact Information
Emergency Loan Program: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/emergency-farm-loans/index

Services: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/index

U.S. Small Business Administration

Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.  These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by rains, flash flooding and winds in Maricopa County that occurred Aug. 1-13, 2021.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Service Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration.

Contact Information
Call: 800-659-2955

Email: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov 

Services:  https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/

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