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Supes OK $20 million in aid to renters, businesses

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6 9 BOS3 BusinessThe Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved providing $20 million in assistance to renters and businesses from federal coronavirus relief funds, at its June 9 meeting. Also on the agenda were concerns about an uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the county and plans to reopen county government offices.
Applications for a total of $10 million in assistance to renters will open June 17. Renters will have two weeks to apply for the first round of funding on the county website: www.vcemergency.com.
The date for businesses to apply for $10 million total in business relief was pushed back by supervisors to June 24 as supervisors discussed adding selection criteria.
They said applications for that aid will be on the county’s website www.vcreopens.com.
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Uptick in hospitalizations

Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin reported an uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the county.
“I wouldn't be doing my job if I was not looking for signs that we're veering off in a wrong direction,” Levin told supervisors. “And so, I am very concerned that we are headed in a wrong direction,” with 14 of 43 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units as
of June 9.
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Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin and Public Health Director Rigoberto at Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting on June 9.
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He provided a graph showing the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations gradually increasing, partially reflecting an outbreak of 36 people infected and two deaths at the Townhouse. Since Tuesday, two more Ventura Townehouse residents are reported to have been infected and another resident has died, bringing the totals at the Ventura Townhouse to 38 infected — 27 residents and 11 employees — and three deaths.

County offices open June 15

County facilities will be open to the public June 15, with the public allowed to attend the Board 
of Supervisors meeting in person June 16.
Officials said there will be safety protocols in place regarding spacing, requests for face coverings and temperature checks in high-traffic areas.

Vulnerable people helped

Melissa Livingston, newly named director of the county Human Services Agency, said more than 26,000 vulnerable area residents have received wellness calls during the pandemic. In addition, she said 787,783 meals have been served to more than 16,000 seniors as of June 7 through the Great Plates program, which has been extended from June 10 for 30 days. She reported 330 at-risk people have been sheltered in area motels.

County fees reduced

The county is providing a 25 percent reduction on some rates and fees for county services, including waiving some late fees and penalties. The county Fire Department will also waive fees for inspecting long-term-care facilities, hotels, apartments and temporary tents at restaurants.

 

 

Ventura County government rental assistance:

Program overview
• Application opens June 17 for two-weeks at www.vcemergency.com .
• Focuses on stabilizing low-income residents at greatest risk of housing instability and homelessness.
• $10 million total funding in two rounds.
• Tiered grant amount based on rental unit size, e.g,, $1,500 for a studio or one-bedroom rental; and $2,500 for a two-bedroom rental or larger.
• Payment up to two months.
• Includes farmworkers impacted by lost wages due to reduced demand for agricultural products.
Eligibility criteria
• Priority to residents with 0 to 50%.
• Average median income (0 to $74.5K).
• Income verification to ensure average median income.
• Requires proof of residency.
• Landlord attestation of rent owed and monthly rental agreement rates.
Business grant program
Grant Program Review
• Application opens June 24 for two weeks at www.vcreopens.com.
• For small businesses and nonprofits.
• $10 million total.
• Round One equals $5 million.
• Recipients receive $5,000 each.
• Weighted distribution by populations.
• Lottery process-focused.
• Partnership with Ventura County Community Foundation.
Eligibility Criteria
• Ventura County businesses.
• In place prior to Sept. 1, 2019.
• $25,000 to $2 million annual revenue
• Register at VCReopens
• Negative impacts from COVID-19
• Priority if did not receive Small Business Administration loan

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