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Chair Fletcher Says County to Get Community Input for How to Spend $647.5M from FEDS

03/15/21

The County of San Diego this week will host five virtual workshops to get input from residents about how it should use the estimated $647.5 million it will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Chair Nathan Fletcher today announced specifics of how the County can spend the federal money, the workshop schedule and outlined how the county has extended the deadline for its emergency rental and utility assistance program. 

“We are going to put as much of the money as we can from the American Rescue Plan Act into helping working families and small businesses recover,” said Chair Fletcher, lead policy maker of the County’s COVID-19 subcommittee. “The County is on solid fiscal footing in spite of this pandemic and there are no major deficits to backfill other than our daily expenses for the response; we are in a good position and look forward to hearing from them about the action we can take to help them.” 

This week one virtual workshop will be held in each of the five supervisorial districts. Starting tonight the County will host its first two COVID-19 Funding Workshops. The schedule is 

  • District 1 - March 15 from  4 pm to 5:30 pm
  • District 2 - March 15 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm
  • District 5 - March 18 from 4 pm to 5:30 pm
  • District 4 - March 18 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm
  • District 3 - March 19 from 4 pm to 5:30 pm

The San Diego region is to receive $126 billion with San Diego County receiving its share in two installments --$323.75 million in 60 days and another$323.75 12 months later. All funds have to be spent by December 31, 2024 to spend the funds. The funds can be spent on:

  • COVID-19 public health response,
  • Economic impacts,
  • Reduction in revenue,
  • Investment in infrastructure (water, sewer, broadband), and 
  • Premium pay for essential workers.  

The Board of Supervisors has already agreed to set-aside $30 million of it to help small businesses. Also, Chair Fletcher announced the  deadline has been extended for emergency rental & utility assistance for submission to March 31, 2021.


Eligibility: 

  • Household is experiencing a financial hardship directly or indirectly related to COVID-19,
  • Household income at or below 80% Area Median Income, and 
  • Household not receiving any other forms of housing subsidy.  

Residents in San Diego & Chula Vista are not eligible because they have their own programs, but if some lives in the following  communities they are eligible:     

  • Unincorporated areas of San Diego County, Carlsbad, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, and Vista

To fill out an application people visit www.SDHCD.org  or if they have computer access or Internet call 858-694-4801.