The package includes grants and loans ranging in size from
Because most businesses are expected to receive only
The program is not open to nonprofits, businesses with more than 100 workers or businesses that opened within the last six months. It's also not open to chain stores or restaurants — even if they are owned by a local franchisee.
Businesses must have had 100 workers or less on
Other businesses that aren't eligible include insurance companies, home-based businesses, golf courses, race tracks, gambling facilities and lending and investment institutions.
“This is money they need now to survive and in this emergency and to help keep San Diegans employed,” the mayor said. “This is vital to helping our community make ends meet during this time of great need.”
To demonstrate eligibility, businesses must submit documents showing that they have experienced significant decreases in demand, income, orders or need for labor, said
The money can be used for rent, labor, utility bills or to buy materials to fill orders.
The money for the grants and loans was culled from other programs the city has been using to boost the local business community.
That money also is restricted to businesses located in low-income areas and owned by people who meet income requirements, Bibler said.
The second pool of money is nearly
The third pool of money is
Bibler said the city plans to award all of the grant money before moving on to the loans.
The city has assigned 12 employees in the
Documents required for the program will be available in both English and Spanish, and some of the 12 workers are bilingual, Bibler said. Documents will be available at sandiego.gov.
“At times like these no one wants to come through the doors,” Henson told the council.
Council President Georgette Gómez said the relief package was a key move for the city.
“Most of our small businesses have been forced to close, and countless San Diegans are losing work and income as we try to slow the spread of the virus,” she said. “Today, we let struggling residents and small business owners know that we have their back.”
“Small businesses are the fabric of our local economy and crucial to the vitality of our neighborhoods,” he said. “They face a difficult road to recovery after this crisis which impacts them, their employees, and more broadly our entire community.”
But Ward said more efforts will be necessary.
“This is just a first step,” he said. “San Diegans will need major, systemic support at the state and federal levels that goes far beyond what we can do at the city level.”
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