Community Services, Programs & Resources
In the spirit of Our Mission: We will focus on and invest in quality of life and planned improvements for serving residents, businesses, and visitors.
Our Vision: Apache Junction is a diverse community of natural beauty and heritage that offers prosperity, compassion, and forward-thinking to its residents, businesses, and visitors.
AJ Invests in our residents by working with various community organizations to provide compassion and forward-thinking which creates prosperity and quality of life unmatched! Here are just some of the ways we are investing in our residents:
- Providing safe and decent housing for our residents through the city's housing rehabilitation program;
- Providing a community resource center;
- Promoting the Earned Income Tax Credit program;
- Hosting bi-annual Mayor's breakfasts;
- Conduct community drives including hygiene kits for the homeless, PB&J to combat summer hunger in youth, and socks and underwear drives for the homeless;
- Host Project Connect events;
- Heat Relief work including the collection and distribution of water and providing heat respite locations;
- Providing housing assistance including eviction prevention;
- Volunteer opportunities and appreciation events;
- Hot meals;
- Food boxes;
- Neighborhood revitalization activities;
- Financial stability classes;
- Bike loan program;
- Training and information to local non-profits who serve our residents;
- And the list goes on...
Apache Junction Homeless Coalition
Serving those who are without housing or at risk of losing their homes is a core demographic that is served under the ethos of AJ Invests. Together with our community partners, the Apache Junction Homeless Coalition's mission is to create a collaborative network of quality resources and services to assist the homeless and at-risk residents of Apache Junction. The coalition is the driving force behind the Strategic Plan on Homelessness and the Apache Junction Community Resource Center to help guide the community's efforts in addressing the issues of homelessness.
Apache Junction Community Resource Center
Located at 564 North Idaho Road, Suite 11, the Community Resource Center brings together social service agencies to provide on-site information, resources, and referrals. The schedule can be found on the center's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AJCommunityResource/
Empowerment Systems also has a resource center located at 2066 West Apache Trail, Suite 116 https://empowermentsystems.org/the-center/
A Quick Call for Help! Dial 211
For Statewide free and confidential information and referral. Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling, and more or visit http://www.211arizona.org/.
Hydration and Heat Relief
Click here to view a map of water stations, heat respite, and donation sites.
Online Resource Guides
There are many agencies that offer programs and services within Apache Junction and throughout Arizona. Check out these websites for information and directories for assistance.
- United Way of Pinal County (520) 836-0736 (bike and ID programs)
- The Center at Empowerment Systems (480) 367-6937 (food, resources)
- Apache Junction Veterans Center (602) 478-7636
462 North Palo Verde, Apache Junction AZ 85120
- Resources for homeless veterans: Resources - Arizona Housing Coalition (azhousingcoalition.org)
- Community Bridges and other resources for the homeless, substance abuse, and those with mental illness https://communitybridgesaz.org/
- National Community Health Partners and Housing for Heroes (520) 876-0699
- HOPE Women's Center (480) 983-4673
- CAAFA (Community Alliance Against Family Abuse) (480) 982-0205
- Boys and Girls Club (480) 982-6381
- Project Help (480) 288-2955 (AJUSD kids only)
- Horizon Health and Wellness (833)-431-4449
- SunLife Family Health Center (480) 351-2850
- La Frontera (480) 784-1514 - Crisis hotline (800) 273-8255 and (480) 784-1500
- Senior Center at the MGC (480) 474-5266
- Pinal Gila Council for Senior Citizens (800) 293-9393
- Senior Help Line (888) 264-2258
- Arizona @ Work (520) 798-0500
- CAHRA (520) 466-1112 (housing, rent/utility assistance, home repairs)
- Salvation Army (480) 982-4110 (food, rent/utility assistance)
- The Genesis Project (480) 225-7757
564 N. Idaho Road (for a hot meal)
- Apache Junction Food Bank (480) 983-2995
- St George Roman Catholic Church (480) 982-2929 (food)
- Gold Canyon United Methodist Church (480) 982-3776 (food)
- First Assembly of God Gear Station (480) 983-1200 (toiletries, supplies)
- Legal Aid (877) 718-8086
- Pinal County dial 3-1-1
- Arizona Department of Economic Security - Arizona's state human services agency - strengthening individuals and families, increasing self-sufficiency and developing the capacity of communities.
- See if you may qualify for benefits like food stamps, Section 8, AHCCCS and other programs by prescreening yourself online at Arizona Self Help. If you think you may qualify for any of these programs and more, visit the Department of Economic Security for an on-line application.
- Arizona Department of Health Services - Arizona's state agency that promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults.
- Arizona Self Help - Free and easy way to find out if your family can get help from 31 different health and human services programs.
- Arizona Workforce Connection - Employment tools designed for job seekers, students, case managers, employers, training providers, workforce professionals, and others seeking benefits and services.
- Arizona Caregiver Coalition - providing resources and information for Caregivers. (888) 737-7494
- AZ Links - Aging and Disability Resource Center - Connecting individuals, families, and organizations to aging and disability resources and information across Arizona.
- Benefits Checkup - For adults 55 and older or adults with disabilities. Screens for eligibility in 70 federal and state programs.
- Child Care Resource and Referral - Statewide program in Arizona that helps families find child care.
- Community Information and Referral - Easy access to information about health, human, and emergency services provided in Arizona.
- Emergency Food Assistance Locations - Location and contact information for emergency food assistance in Arizona.
- Food Safety - Gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies.
- First Things First - Quality early childhood development and health.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
- Native American Connections - Improving the lives of Native American individuals and families.
- Native American Community Health Center - Provides a wide range of health and wellness programs.
- Crisis Help Line– 1-844-691-5948
- Veterans Crisis Line - (800) 273-8255