Arizona Community Action Association Archives

St. Luke’s $125,000 grant boosts living wage initiative

Money Tree, WEB

The Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA) will use a $125,000 St. Luke’s Health Initiative (SLHI) innovation grant to design and implement Raise Arizona, a statewide living wage initiative to identify, recruit, certify and recognize employers that pay a living wage. In total, SLHI awarded grants totaling $475,000 to ACAA, City of Phoenix-FitPHX, Cultivate South Phoenix… Read More →

Can You Live on $1.28 Per Meal?

Food Basket

Try buying food for one meal for $1.28. It’s not easy, but more than 1 million Arizona families undergo that decision-making process every day. That is the average amount of money provided for each person per meal in the household through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The Arizona Community… Read More →

Say No to Predatory-Driven Risky Loans


While Arizona recovers from an economic crisis rooted in predatory lending practices, a bill before the legislature proposes another round of risky loans not too far removed from the horrific payday-lending loans now mostly a good-riddance memory. HB 2526 would increase interest rates and fees on consumer loans of $3,000 up to 36% and double… Read More →

ACAA honors Hildebrand, Schmaltz, Grijalva, Torres


Ginny Hildebrand, who is retiring this year as President and CEO of the Arizona Association of Food Banks, and Tim Schmaltz, Executive Director of the Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition, have been named the 2013 Margie Frost Champions Against Poverty by the Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA). This is the first time that two recipients will… Read More →

Let the Sun Set on Debt Trap Loans

Cynthia Zwick

In 2008, more than 1.2 million Arizona voters said no, by a 2-to-1 margin, to triple-digit interest rates and special exemptions from the state’s usury laws for payday lenders by rejecting Proposition 200, which would have permanently legalized 300% APR payday loans in Arizona.  Since then, through bi-partisan efforts, the legislature and Arizonans have rejected… Read More →