Resources for Seniors

City of Hesperia Emergency Housing and Utility Assistance Program 

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 aantonio@cityofhesperia.us or (760)947-1909 for more information

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.

Program Eligibility 

Eligible households must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Reside in the City of Hesperia (does not include unincorporated areas).
  • Annual household income does not exceed the State of California, Housing and Community Development Department established "Moderate-Income" limits or U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development federal limits. Household income eligibility is based on the following factors:
    1. The total number of persons residing in the household; and,
    2. The total amount of the annual household income.
  • Economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic period beginning April 1, 2020- to present.
  • Current, written residential lease agreement, mortgage agreement, or utility agreement.

Income Eligibility 

To determine program eligibility, all sources of annual income for each household member over the age of 18 and the exact amounts earned from each income source must be accurately documented. The primary applicant(s) are also required to certify by signature that the information provided regarding household members is correct.

Eligible households must be at or below the “Moderate or Low Income” limits for confirmed household size. The EHUAP Household Income Limits are based on income requirements established by the State of California and Federal Government.

For more information, please view this document. For any questions, please contact the Economic Development department at (760)947-1909.

COVID-19 Vaccinations for persons aged 65+

Since California authorized counties to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all individuals aged 65 and over, thousands of older residents in San Bernardino County have begun to receive their first dose or have made a reservation for a future appointment. At this time, however, all available appointment times at County Public Health sites are full and the County is advising residents that a current shortage of vaccines will delay that effort. The County hosts a registration page on its vaccine website for County sites, hospitals, and pharmacies that are administering vaccinations.

While the County continues to vaccinate its most vulnerable individuals — namely frontline health care workers, along with staff and residents of long-term care facilities — it is also expanding operational and logistical procedures to ensure the process will proceed efficiently once the County obtains additional vaccines.

To start, there is a sign-up form on the County’s COVID-19 Vaccination website where 65 and over residents can register to receive vaccination news, including vaccination opportunities. In less than one week more than 22,000 seniors have signed up for these notifications.

For more information, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=10279.

Assistance for the Senior Population

The County Senior Information and Assistance (SIA) program provides information, referrals, and assistance to help senior citizens solve problems they may have. Available daily from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

  • Senior Information & Assistance Program(800) 510-2020 
    • Includes Senior Meal Nutrition Program
  • Victorville SIA (760) 243-8459

The County Age Wise Program is a non-traditional mental health program for the high-risk and underserved older adult population. This program provides in-home behavioral health and case management services to mentally ill older adults, aged 60 and over. Call (800) 451-5633, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The County Department of Aging and Adult Services is an agency dedicated to helping seniors and at risk individuals to improve or maintain choice, independence, and quality of life. The department works to ensure seniors and adults with disabilities have the right to age in place in the least restrictive environment. Visit their website at http://hss.sbcounty.gov/daas/. You may also contact them through the following avenues: 

Call Adult Protective Services (APS) hotline to report elder and dependent abuse is available at (877) 510-2020, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also call the Elder/Dependent Adult Hotline at (877)565-2020, also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The County also has a list of restaurants that deliver home meals for seniors. For more information, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/

Staying cool during hot summer months

For seniors who can’t escape the summer heat at home, visiting a “Cooling Center” such as, the Hesperia Branch Library or one of the many shopping centers within the City can provide some relief. 

For a more permanent solution, seniors without access to air conditioning should call San Bernardino County’s Adult Protective Services toll-free Hotline at 1-877-565-2020 for assistance. County staff will assist senior residents in finding a solution that best meet their cooling needs. For more information on Adult Services, please visit the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services website at http://hss.sbcounty.gov/daas/programs/APS.aspx.

**May 8th, 2020 Update**

The Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) has purchased 150 box fans for eligible seniors in San Bernardino County. Seniors can call the DAAS hotline at 877-565-2020 where they will be assessed for this and other needs. Individuals must be 65 and older or 18-65 dependent adults and at risk for severe neglect or abuse. For more information, please view the May 8th County update http://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=6565

Elderly population considered "High-Risk" for COVID-19

Older people and people with pre-existing health conditions are at a higher risk of contracting serious complications from coronavirus. Elderly citizens, especially with pre-existing health conditions, must take proper precautions such as:

  • Staying home if possible
  • Washing your hands
  • Taking everyday precautions to keep at least 6 feet away from yourself and others
  • Keeping away from people who are sick
  • Stocking up on supplies
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched services
  • Avoiding all non-essential travel

Coping with stress

While taking proper precautions against coronavirus is vital, it can cause an increase in anxiety and stress. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming, but remember that you are not alone. Reach out to friends and family members for regular phone conversations and talk to your doctor about ways to cope with stress and anxiety. Some things you can do to support yourself include:

  • Taking breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news
  • Taking care of your body
  • Making time to unwind
  • Connecting with others
  • Calling your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, please call Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

For more information on protecting seniors from coronavirus, please visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/older-adults.html.