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Posted on: January 13, 2021

Emergency Housing and Business Assistance Program

2021 Covid CDBG Grant

Emergency Housing and Utility Assistance Program

The COVID-19 City of Hesperia Emergency Housing and Utility Assistance Program (EHUAP) will provide emergency rental, mortgage, and utility assistance grants, up to $6,000, to income-eligible households economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic through job loss, furlough or reduction in hours or pay, residing in the City of Hesperia.

EHUAP grants are rental, mortgage, or utility payments made on behalf of income-eligible households to pay for past, current or future rent for a maximum period of three (3) months as a result of the economic downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistance will not be paid directly to households; rather, the financial assistance will be paid directly to the bona fide mortgage company, landlord/property management agent and/or utility company.

To begin the EHUAP pre-application process CLICK HERE

The pre-application period for this program will be open until April 19th 2021 at 5:30pm or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

Emergency Business Assistance Program

The COVID-19 Emergency Business Assistance Program (EBAP) will provide grant assistance to micro- and small-businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please contact April Antonio at aantonio@cityofhesperia.us or (760)947-1909 for more information 

Microenterprise Assistance

The EBAP program will provide grants up to $25,000 to microenterprises (With five or fewer employees including the owner) that were adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Small Business Assistance

The EBAP program will provide grants up to $35,000 to small businesses (6 or more employees including the owner) that were adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To qualify as an eligible business, the business must meet the following criteria:

  • Business owner’s family income is less than 80% area median income
  • Business is located within the city boundaries
  • Owner is 18 years or older
  • At time of application, business must be in good-standing with the City, have a valid business license, no pending health or code enforcement matters proceeding and not delinquent in the payment of any business license fees or taxes owed the city
  • Business was adversely impacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic and can provide supporting documentation illustrating the impact
  • Certification that the business has neither received nor will seek other grants, loans, or other assistance from any private, local, state, or federal funding source for the same use as identified in the program application

Ineligible Businesses

  • Government, charitable and non-profit organizations
  • Firms engaged in speculative activities that generate revenue based on fluctuations in price rather than through the normal course of trade (ex.: commodities firms)
  • Businesses involved in banking and lending activities, including real estate investment firms, banks, finance companies, insurance companies, leasing companies, or factors
  • Pyramid type sales organizations
  • Franchise operations where the franchisor retains control over business operations to the extent that the franchisee is the equivalent of an employee
  • Casinos or other gambling businesses
  • Sexually-oriented or adult businesses
  • Massage facilities or technicians
  • Smoke, vape, or other similar shops and vendors
  • Nightclub, lounge, bar, or liquor store

To begin the EBAP pre-application process CLICK HERE

The pre-application period for this program will be open until April 19th 2021 at 5:30pm or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

For more information on either program, visit cityofhesperia.us/Economic-Development. For questions on either program, please contact the Economic Development department at (760)947-1909 or email AAntonio@cityofhesperia.us

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