Public Service Announcements (PSA)
Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP Riverside) administers the federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides utility payment assistance and weatherization services to low income customers in Riverside County. The program is funded by Federal Department of Health and Human Services through the State Department of Community Services and Development. Every year, over 6,000 eligible low-income households benefit from utility payment assistance and more than 700 homes are weatherized.
Wipes Clog Pipes
Please remember to not flush anything other than the 3 P’s (pee, poo and toilet paper). Single-use wet wipes have gained popularity in recent years. Many of these products are marketed as flushable, but often times are not compatible with sewer systems and infrastructure. Other products are not intended to be flushed but end up being improperly disposed of in the toilet. Flushing these products presents an increasing problem for property owners, sewer systems, and ratepayers, since wipes often do not break down after being flushed. Wipes can catch on tree roots and accumulate with fats, oils and grease and become large obstructions in the pipes. Further down the line, they weave together and create giant rags which get stuck in pumps, collection systems, and motors, causing backups and equipment failures. This problem is experienced across the state, country, and worldwide as disposable wet wipe products become more widely available (CA Association for Sanitation Agencies).
This period of uncertainty is very stressful for all of us, and perhaps more so for our seniors. The Office on Aging has behavioral health specialists available for telephonic counseling to seniors that are becoming depressed by the stress and isolation at this time. Set up your appointment by calling the Helplink at 800-510-2020.
From quick meals that can be picked up to food dropped off at homes, Riverside County is offering several free food options to disabled and vulnerable adults as stay-at-home orders continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. Adults who have a disability or are over age 60 can contact Riverside County Office on Aging, which offers food delivery for critical emergencies, two weeks supply of pantry and essential items, home-delivered meals, and Grab-and-Go meal packages at community center locations.
Details on Office on Aging’s program can be found at https://www.rcaging.org/
Food Access Map
In response to an increasing number of requests for resources, Riverside County has released an online map to connect residents to food resources. Food Access gives directions to local senior meal sites, school district meal sites and food pantries within a 10-mile radius.
Food Access is available on www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus and on the RivCoMobile app (available on iOS and Android).