Effective Tuesday, February 16, 2021 the City of Hanford Utility Billing and Finance Department will be open to the public. Business hours have changed and will be the following:
Monday-Friday 8:00a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The offices will be closed to the public for lunch between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
HANFORD, CA – Officials with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced an end today to the statewide Regional Stay at Home Order, which includes that San Joaquin Valley region. This action allows Kings County to return to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity. Kings County and the City of Hanford are currently in the purple tier, as are the majority of counties exiting the Regional Stay at Home Order today. Services and activities, such as
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The City Offices are currently closed to appointments only. To make an appointment please contact the department directly via the Phone Directory .
Utility Payments can be dropped off at the drop box located at the front door to the Finance Department at 315 N. Douty Street or can be made online by visiting the online payment portal .
Starting Friday, January 15, 2021, scheduling will begin for individuals age 65 or older through Aria Community Health Center (ACHC) clinics located throughout the county. The Kings County Department of Public Health (KCDPH) is partnering with ACHC to provide COVID-19 vaccines to County residents that “face the gravest consequences,” according to Governor Gavin Newsom’s direction.
Residents and small business owners who hae been economically impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for assistance through the City of Hanford COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This program is provided by the City's Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The City of Hanford recognizes the challenges that current occupancy limits may have on dine-in restaurants. In order to assist in easing the challenges, we are enacting a Temporary Outdoor Dining Program. This will allow our restaurants to increase seating capacity lost from the reduction of seating required to open under the State Guidelines for restaurants. The program will only be in effect while indoor occupancy restrictions are in place
Residents and small business owners who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for assistance through the City of Hanford’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental, Small Business Assistance Programs starting July 13, 2020. These programs are provided by the City’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), Community Block Development Grant (CDBG), through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Applying for the Programs:
· Applications are available on the City’s website at www.cityofhanfordca.com.
· To request a paper application, please contact City staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (559) 585-2587. Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
In the wake of the issuance of the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order, issued yesterday evening, and several other State and Federal directives and Executive Orders that have been released over the past two (2) weeks, the City of Hanford has already made the determination that all City services are essential services as defined by the references in the Governor’s Order. As such, the City will continue to provide all services as we are able and is already reassigning employees to help cover tasks and public inquires in other divisions. The public should be aware that all lobbies for City facilities have been closed to public access and the appropriate signage is in place to notify citizens how to contact those individual departments by phone to arrange access if needed.
The webinar will walk business owners and employers through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus bill, which will provide small business grants, forgivable loans, and tax relief.
All business owners who anticipate a need for financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to attend.
The City of Hanford was awarded $325,307 in CARES Act stimulus funding through the Community Development Block Grant-COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) program.
Kings County Officials have announced that businesses listed in the expanded Stage 2 of the California Resilience Roadmap for State Reopening will be allowed to open immediately. This is a result of the County’s variance attestation being approved today by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). On Monday, May 18th, Governor Gavin Newsom announced revised criteria that counties must meet to be able to submit a COVID-19 County Variance Attestation, which allows counties to move into the expanded stage 2. Mass gatherings such as concerts, graduations, sporting events are still prohibited.
We are acutely aware of the tragic events that transpired on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis. The chain of events that led to the death of George Floyd were shocking; not just to the public but also to the law enforcement community. "I have yet to speak to an officer that thought what transpired was justified," said Police Chief Parker Sever. To the contrary, one officer he spoke with said, "Chief, if I ever do that I hope you will not wait 3 days to arrest me." The Hanford City Council stands with the Hanford Police Department in solidarity against such behavior towards any and all citizens.
The Finance Department/Utility Billing department is closed for in-person payments. Cash will temporarily be accepted through the drop box located in the front of the building. Cash must be in a sealed envelope and it must contain the correct account number and address.
The City of Hanford was awarded $325,307 in CARES Act stimulus funding through the Community Development Block Grant- COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) program. Funds will be distributed throughout the City of Hanford and can be used for projects benefiting low to moderate-income people.
To reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 and to align with Directives and Executive Orders from state and local authorities, and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have made the decision to cancel many city events and close community centers, such as the Longfield Center. City operations have not been impacted as of yet but the best practices are ever evolving and that may change at any moment. In the meantime, City services are still available and updates will be posted on this page and the City’s social media pages should changes be made to City operations. Your City Council is still scheduled to meet tomorrow night, and will receive a COVID-19 update, along with discussion and potential action authorizing staff to take various steps to respond to State and Federal mandates as they evolve.City Council is still scheduled to meet tomorrow night, and will receive a COVID-19 update, along with discussion regarding authorizing staff to take various steps to respond to State and Federal mandates as they evolve.
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