Welcome to the Department of Economic Security


Clarence H. Carter

Welcome to the Department of Economic Security (DES)- Your Partner for a Stronger Arizona. DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in the state of 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.

We hope that the information on this Website is useful to you. Each web page gives you an opportunity to provide feedback on the information presented there. You may also submit your feedback to our Web Team with suggestions on how we can improve this site.

Whether you are an individual who needs help, a potential employee passionate about helping others, or a part of the extensive network of human service professionals throughout Arizona dedicated to improving outcomes for children and families, we look forward to working with you to create a better tomorrow by providing support today.

Clarence H Carter
DES Director



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