POLICY

The “core purpose” of EHE is one time to help state employees facing short-term financial adversity when there is no other helping hand.

GUIDELINEStree-of-service

HOW TO APPLY

The person applying must complete an EHE Application available at the EHE website, www.azehe.org (drop to the bottom of the home page and click on express download). For the person who has no computer access, please see your Human Resources Department, Payroll Department or Supervisor for help. The Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Department of Corrections and Arizona Department of Economic Security have the Policy and Application on their Intranet under Benefits.

HOW MUCH MONEY IS AVAILABLE?

The maximum amount to be granted to an applicant is $500 (a lesser amount if it is determined appropriate). The fund may be used only once by an employee.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Any permanent status employee (off probation) and on the job who has suffered a financial hardship that could not have been planned for or anticipated is eligible to apply.

WHO CANNOT APPLY?

  1. Individuals who are on short-term, long-term disability, worker’s compensation, and maternity leave, FMLA, etc. These individuals can apply for assistance the first day they return to full-time work.
  2. Until further notice, funds are not available to assist applicants a second time, which means those applicants who have previously received help.
  3. The three State Universities, NAU, ASU and U of A, do not participate in the EHE Crisis Fund Program and are not eligible for assistance.
  4. Funding is not provided to applicants where their crisis request is available through other community assistance providers for which they may be eligible.
  5. Funding is not available if the applicant owes more than three (3) months on their mortgage and are in foreclosure.

WHAT DOES THE FUND PAY FOR?

The Fund is intended to pay for basic charges such as shelter and/or utilities (electric, gas, water only).

HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?

Payment will be made to the vendor (mortgage company, landlord or utility company) to whom the money is owed. The payment will be mailed to the applicant for the purpose of seeing that the vendor receives it. The employee is responsible for making certain the vendor receives payment. This includes getting a receipt of payment (especially from landlords and apartment complexes).

HOW SOON WILL MONEY BE DISBURSED?

The decision to disburse funds will be made by EHE’s representative. The representative will recommend approval or denial of requests, which are forwarded to the Board of Directors for final review. An e-mail will be sent to the applicant that the application was received and when help may be expected. When funds arrive an e-mail will be sent to the applicant to see if help is still needed and has anything changed in the amount of the bills. EHE is experiencing a high volume of applications. It may take 2-3 months to receive assistance from the time the application is received. We can only help 3 applicants per month because of the level of our present funding.

HOW CAN EMPLOYEES CONTRIBUTE?

Funding is made available because employees:

  1. designate a part (f not all of their charitable dollars ($1.00 or more per paycheck) on a voluntary basis to Employees Helping Employees, Code #ST656, on their annual SECC pledge card, or
  2. decide to make a lump sum contribution at any time during the year.

Without contributions EHE would cease to exist.