Great Plates Delivered: Home Meals for Seniors
Thank you for your interest in the Great Plates Delivered: Home Meals for Seniors program. This temporary program delivers meals to older adults who meet age and other eligibility criteria. We are pleased to announce that the program is now open for enrollment. You may wish to review the program information and eligibility requirements listed below prior to applying.
There are two ways to apply:
- Call the Aging & Independence Services Call Center at (800) 339-4661 and select option 7. A representative will be available to assist you during regular business hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Click here to complete the online form. After you submit the form, you will be contacted by program staff within one business day to confirm eligibility and complete enrollment.
If you live in a household with another adult age 60 or older who wishes to apply for the program, they will also need to complete the enrollment process separately.
How does the program work?
If you are found to be eligible for Great Plates, your name, phone number, address, and other contact details will be collected for the purposes of administering the program. You will be contacted by a County of San Diego employee who will match you with a restaurant based on your needs and location.
Three (3) daily meals will be provided to you, delivered one (1) time each day for the duration of the program. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated as best as possible. Your assigned restaurant will reach out to you with further details, including the date of first delivery. The program currently runs through September 9th.
Who is eligible?
Following federal requirements, this program is open to older adults who cannot currently obtain or prepare their own meals and do not participate in other federally funded programs such as Cal Fresh or the senior nutrition program/home-delivered meals. Please note that program capacity is limited.
To qualify for the Great Plates program, applicants must be:
- Individuals who are 65 or older
- Individuals 60-64 and at high-risk as defined by the CDC, including (one of the following):
- Individuals who are COVID-19 positive (as documented by a state/local public health official or medical health professional), OR
- Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 (as documented by a state/local public health official or medical health professional), OR
- Individuals with an underlying condition.
- Individuals must live alone or with one other program-eligible adult
- Participants must not be currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs
- Participants must have an annual income within the following range:
- $24,981-$74,940 (single household)
- $33,821-$101,460 (two-person household).
- Those who have an income BELOW $24,981 for a single household or $33,820 for a two-person household are not eligible for the program. However, they may be eligible for CalFresh benefits or other food and meal programs. Please call 2-1-1 to learn about other resources.
- Individuals must affirm an inability to prepare or obtain meals
For additional questions, please email GreatPlates.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov.
Supervisor Fletcher Works with Black, Hispanic and Asian Biz Groups to Distribute Info on $3.4M in County Grants
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher has partnered with Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific Islander business organizations to share information and encourage small businesses from these communities to apply for the $3.4 million that is available in his district through the County Relief Program for Small Businesses and Restaurants.
The Small Business Stimulus Grant Program offers financial relief to eligible small businesses suffering economic losses due to COVID-19. It’s designed to help for-profit and nonprofit businesses. To qualify, your business must have:
- 100 or fewer employees
- Headquarters in San Diego County
- A minimum 1-year operating history as of Feb. 14, 2020
- Documentation of financial hardship due to COVID-19
Businesses should visit: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/stimulusgrant/ to apply. Applicants are encouraged to turn in their materials as soon as possible.
Supervisor Fletcher is working with the Strategic Alliance, a partnership among San Diego’s Ethnic Chambers of Commerce, comprising the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce, San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Asian Business Association of San Diego to fulfill his commitment to ensuring an equitable distribution of these resources.
“Small businesses strengthen our economy by creating jobs for people who live in the nearby communities, and provide goods and services that people from the neighborhood need,” said Supervisor Fletcher, Co-Chair of the County, COVID-19 Subcommittee. “We want these funds to get to those who need it most, and through this new partnership we will be able to make that happen. This is a continuation of our commitment to helping those with the greatest need during this pandemic.”
The information campaign will include a social media campaign, virtual meetings with business owners, and the Strategic Alliance assisting small businesses with the application process. Resources to help promote the program can be found at www.SupervisorNathanFletcher.com/smallbizrelief.
“I am proud of Supervisor Fletcher for his bold inclusive leadership in providing an equitable outreach framework to flatten the economic disparity curve for disadvantaged businesses during COVID-19,” said Donna DeBerry, CEO, Central Region Black Chamber of Commerce.
“Returning to some type of normalcy for businesses and communities is going to require changes on multiple levels. Sustainable progress can only be achieved through collaboration with all facets of our business community, especially ethnic and small entrepreneurs,” said Iris Garcia, Chair, San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “We are so grateful for Supervisor Fletcher for seeking viable long term solutions for businesses that have received little or no support during the current crisis.”
“San Diego County’s return to economic growth depends upon the recovery of small businesses which represents the majority of our region’s jobs. Yet small businesses, especially minority business enterprises, continue to face significantly greater barriers to growth,” said Jason Paguio, President and CEO, Asian Business Association San Diego. “We’re proud to work with Supervisor Fletcher to address systemic policy decisions which have left many businesses in communities of color behind during this public health crisis.”
On May 19, the Board of Supervisors approved a $34 million economic and humanitarian stimulus package for COVID-19 proposed by Supervisors Fletcher and Dianne Jacob. Within that package was $17 million to support small businesses impacted by the pandemic. The County’s Chief Administrative Officer divided those funds evenly between the five supervisorial districts — giving each Supervisor $3.4 million to distribute to businesses in their districts as they deem it appropriate.
City of San Diego – COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The San Diego Housing Commission opened the application portal for the City of San Diego COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program created to assist low-income tenants (in the City of San Diego) who experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19. The program will provide one-time payments of up to $4,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent. These payments will be made directly to the household’s landlord.
Logan Heights CDC is partnering with the San Diego Housing Commission to support tenants with the application process! We are offering language and application support to tenants over the phone or at our site. If you know of any tenants who need support in completing their application due to the need for language or computer access, please feel free to connect them with our team. For on-site support we are taking appointments only and they must call 619.858.0563 and ask for Ebony or email firstname.lastname@example.org before coming to the site (COVID-19 safety measure). In addition, Parent Voices and ACCE are putting together an Emergency Rental Assistance Workshop to learn more about the application and resources available to tenants in our region! Flyers are attached.
City of San Diego COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Application Link: https://covidapplication.sdhc.org/
(For more information about this program, please contact 2-1-1 or call (619) 535-6921)
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Mayor Faulconer’s ‘Streateries’ and ‘Streetail’ Wins Council Approval
SAN DIEGO – With increasing demand for digital connection amid the global pandemic, the City of San Diego is moving forward with a partnership to donate end-of-life City computers to the San Diego Futures Foundation to help bridge the digital divide for thousands of San Diegans while avoiding potential future costs associated with recycling the technology.
On Wednesday, the City Council Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee unanimously approved the partnership to begin helping some of the nearly 30,000 local households that do not have computers.
“With so many San Diegans working and learning remotely, a computer is no longer a luxury but a lifeline,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “With the need for this technology growing, this partnership with the San Diego Futures Foundation will help bridge the digital divide for thousands for San Diegans and help them stay connected during this pandemic and beyond.”
Currently, the City uses a contracted vendor to recycle or destroy end-of-life computer equipment like desktops and monitors. Shifts in the global recycling industry could put this free service in jeopardy in the future. The current contract for these services has reached the end of its term and will wind down within two years.
If approved by the City Council, the partnership would allow the San Diego Futures Foundation to receive, refurbish and distribute the roughly 800 computers the City considers end-of-life for its employees each year. To date, the City has 2,271 desktop computers that are ready to be refurbished and distributed that would otherwise be destroyed.
“With the current contract nearing expiration, this partnership would offer an innovative solution for the City to address digital inclusion and avoid potential costs with recycling this equipment,” said Jonathan Behnke, the City’s Chief Information Officer. “This technology could help someone who is struggling right now to work remotely, access government services, use telehealth services, go to class and much more.”
The Futures Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in City Heights that provides technology and training for San Diegans of all ages as well as nonprofit organizations who may need IT help. With a proven track record, the San Diego Futures Foundation has provided more than 53,000 computers to those in need and provided more than 10,000 training sessions. Through this partnership, the foundation would provide training to help recipients of the computers get off to a quick start and provide them with the resources to find affordable internet services.
“It’s exciting to see the City of San Diego is taking a major step in ensuring that the individuals on the wrong side of the digital divide will have computers made available from the City as they’re being retired or phased out of use,” said Gary Knight, Executive Director of the San Diego Futures Foundation. “This partnership marks a major step in ensuring that this digital divide is addressed in a meaningful way.”
With the Committee approval of the ordinance, it is expected to go before a full City Council vote in the coming weeks.