Economic Development


Program Overview

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.

Grants will be awarded to qualified applicants on a “first come, first served” basis until funds run out. Please contact April Antonio at or (760)947-1909 for more information

To begin the EHUAP pre-application process CLICK HERE

Hesperia Emergency Housing and Utility Assistance Program (EHUAP) guidelines

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.


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 or (760)947-1909 for more information 

To begin the EBAP pre-application process CLICK HERE

Emergency Business Assistance Program (EBAP) guidelines

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.

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

COVID-19 Small Business Tax Credit

December 1st marks the beginning of the application period for the Small business Tax Credit allowing up tp $100,000 per business. 

Credit Reservations are Required: To receive a tax credit tentative reservation, qualifying small business need to apply to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) between December 1, 2020, and January 15, 2021. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

How the credit works: An eligible small business can receive $1,000 in credit for each net new hire that occurred during the second half of 2020, up to $100,000 per business. This tax credit can be used against personal and corporate income tax liabilities OR sales and use tax liabilities from the 2020 tax year. For more information and to reserve a credit reservation visit:

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CA Rebuilding Fund Small Business Loans

The California Rebuilding Fund is a loan program to support California’s small businesses—especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state. Businesses who employed 50 or less full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019 are eligible to apply.

Please note, this program is not associated with the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or any other SBA program. The loans are not forgivable in part or whole.
 The loans will need to be paid back over a 3- or 5-year term with a fixed annual interest rate that is currently 4.25%. Please see the Loan Terms tab for details. For more information and to apply visit:


The Economic Development Department focuses on fostering private and public sector investment within the City. The Economic Development team is responsible for:
  • Business attraction, retention and expansion efforts
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Increasing the City's workforce and senior housing stock
  • Improving the quality-of-life via an array of services intended to support these goals
Among its responsibilities, the Economic Development Department directs and oversees the City's real estate functions including:
  • Acquisitions, disposition and leasing
  • Developing and administering Downpayment Assistance Program (DAP), the HOME programs, and the Housing Rehabilitation and Sewer Connection Program (HRLP-SCP).
  • Formulating and implementing innovative, new incentive programs
  • Orchestrating affordable housing development
  • Facilitating the creation of new, living-wage jobs
  • Grant writing, infrastructure development, workforce development and other initiatives set forth in the Agency Redevelopment Plans.