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"COVID-19 Relief"


Last updated 6/14/2021 at 9:59am

The Federal Government has allocated over $300 million to San Diego County, for COVID-19 recovery efforts. Each Supervisor has submitted their plans to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for how they would like the money to be used.

The CAO will then take all the requests and the Board will vote on the allocation of dollars on June 8.

Some of my requests include helping our restaurants, assisting our first responders and military families and mental health services for kids.

The Dine-Out and Help-Out program is the perfect program to bring people together and help our restaurants, who are still struggling. Customers would receive 50% off their bill, with up to $10 off per person. The restaurants then would submit their receipts to the County in order to be reimbursed the full price of the meal. The discounts would be available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, typically slower days for restaurants. I have proposed to our Chief Administrative Officer that we implement the Dine-Out to Help-Out program by using $50 million of COVID-19 recovery funds.

Another request is $40 million for first responder and military families who have been financially affected by COVID-19.

Many first responders and military spouses or family members have lost jobs or have had to miss work while helping their kids with schoolwork. This program would provide up to three months of past due rent or mortgage payments per household, with a maximum of $6,000 per household for military and first responder families.

These are a few of my priorities. I will keep you updated with the progress and tell you about a few other initiatives next week.

Jim Desmond

– San Diego County District 5 Supervisor