Mesa Community Action Network (MesaCAN)
Delivering Help to Our Community
Mesa faces many pressing community challenges, with families and households struggling to keep up with rising living costs.
Mesa Community Action Network (Mesa CAN) helps low-income households across the city with a host of services that include: immediate financial assistance, employment support, financial planning, education, and health services.
MesaCAN services include:
- Utility assistance for past due/delinquent bills
- Limited rent assistance for families with children under 18 with past due/delinquent bills
- Financial Coaching (one-on-one help developing a budget, savings strategies, handling debt, building credit)
- Matched savings programs for college
- Career services such as: job search help, resume building, interview preparation, and more
Rent and Utility Assistance
At MesaCAN we attempt to assist as many clients as we can with the provision of available funding and staff. You may ask: Why can’t I get through? Whether trying to receive assistance for rent or utilities, please be mindful that the volume of requests is very high. Due to very limited rental assistance funding, we can only take a limited number of appointments when clients are calling in from 2 – 2:30 pm on Thursday. When the funding is gone for the month, we stop taking appointments.
From 9:30 – 10:00 am on Fridays is when we take calls for utility assistance. While there are more funds available for utilities, there is limited available staff to handle the appointments allowed during the half-an-hour call-in period.
If you have not been previously assisted with utilities at MesaCAN, you can walk-in between 8 and 10 am (NOTE: WALK-INS ARE TEMPORARILY HALTED DUE TO COVID-19). Make sure you have all of the required documents to show eligibility for assistance; one of the most important qualifiers is that you must be a Mesa resident. Please remember, this also depends on the availability of staff and as well as funds. Please be accepting that we can’t take care of everyone who attempts to call in.
Several other programs operated by A New Leaf provide services at the MesaCAN location, including:
A New Leaf’s Assets to Opportunity program is a matched savings program, matching each dollar a student saves.
A New Leaf’s Workforce Services program helps all job seekers, including those recovering from a crisis situation, secure employment or create a plan for more stable employment.
MesaCAN has partners with many other community organizations in order to offer as many services as possible to the residents of Mesa. The partners below operate within the MesaCAN facility:
MesaCAN in association with Mesa Counts On College provides services that enables students pursue and achieve their academic goals and dreams.
The Women Infants & Children program provides families with nutrition information, healthy foods, breastfeeding support, as well as, referrals to healthcare and other social services.
The Maricopa County Public Health program offers immunizations to children for free. The goal of the Maricopa County Public Health is to make the lives of County residents as healthy as possible.
Mesa-K-Ready prepares children ages 2 to 6 for kindergarten.
Emergency Internet Resources
Internet access during the COVID-19 emergency is more important than ever before. A fast, reliable, and affordable internet connection can help each of us stay connected to healthcare services, school coursework, and each other. High-speed internet is not yet available everywhere in Arizona, but there are many special offers and options to help you find low-cost (or no-cost) internet solutions at the time you need them most.
Click above for a current listing of Broadband Resources available to the community.
For additional Information, please contact: (480) 833-9200