Biweekly Third District Update

Supervisor Washington

From the Desk of

Chuck Washington

Dear Third District Resident,

The Riverside County Third District Supervisor’s Office is pleased to offer in-person services Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at our Valle Vista Office inside the Valle Vista Sheriff’s Station (43950 Acacia Avenue, Hemet) or our French Valley Office at the French Valley Airport (37600 Sky Canyon Drive, Murrieta). Please contact our office before your visit by calling 951-955-1030 or emailing For regular Third District updates, visit our Facebook page (@supervisorchuckwashington), Instagram page (@supervisorchuckwashington), Twitter page (@SupWashington), and website (

Data on the county’s COVID-19 cases is still posted at and on Facebook at @countyriversidedepartmentofpublichealth and Twitter at @RivCoDoc. For state updates, visit, and for national updates, visit
During the summer, the newsletter will be sent monthly. The next newsletter will be sent Aug. 4, and the biweekly newsletter will return Sept. 1.

Sincere regards,

Chuck Washington

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The County of Riverside is still vaccinating people ages 12 and up. Teenagers who are under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and go to a vaccination clinic that offers the Pfizer vaccine. At this time, the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines have only been approved for individuals ages 18 years and older.

All county vaccine clinics are now walk-in sites, but appointments are encouraged. To make an appointment, visit Seniors who need assistance making an appointment can call 951-867-3895. Press one for English or two for Spanish, then press one for vaccine assistance. Anyone else who would like to make an appointment by phone should call 2-1-1.

Vaccine appointments are also available at 13 Community Health Centers across Riverside County. To schedule an appointment at a Community Health Center, call 800-945-6171.

Riverside County is also offering vaccinations to homebound residents. To be added to the list of homebound individuals seeking vaccination, call 833-422-4255, or visit


1,327,180 vaccines received; 2,281,500 vaccines administered; 244 vaccine providers


As of July 5, 2021, 54.1 percent of Riverside County residents are partially or fully vaccinated (1,137,921 residents), and 46.7 percent are fully vaccinated (982,683 residents). To see a larger image, click on the picture.

French Valley Library Opens July 31

The wait is almost over! The highly anticipated French Valley Library — located at 31526 Skyview Road in Winchester — opens Saturday, July 31 at 11 a.m.

This beautiful facility includes reading nooks, a large community room, several small study rooms, a children’s section and more!

For more information on the Riverside County Library System, visit

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Front view of the French Valley Library

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Supervisor Washington Featured on Award-Winning County Podcast

The Riverside County Department of Child Support Services’ Coffee Break Podcast provides the latest information on useful county programs and services.

This week, Supervisor Washington joined the podcast’s host, Nathan Hartel, to discuss the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and how this elected board serves you.

To listen to Supervisor Washington’s interview, visit

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Nonprofit Seeking Volunteer Counselors for Crisis Hotline

REACH, formerly the Center Against Sexual Assault of Southwest Riverside County, is a nonprofit that provides support to survivors of sexual and domestic violence, childhood trauma and abuse, and human trafficking. REACH is currently seeking volunteer counselors for their crisis hotline.

Are you a night owl or early riser? Looking for an odd-hours or weekend volunteer opportunity in crisis intervention? You’ve found the right place! REACH Crisis Hotline Counselors work remotely from the comfort of their homes!

As a REACH Crisis Hotline Counselor, you can translate your concern for individuals and families in crisis into truly meaningful effort. Volunteer counselors provide support, information, referrals and telephone crisis intervention on a 24/7 hotline. Crisis Hotline Counselors commit to volunteering 8 hours per week for a minimum of six months.

Before you begin as a counselor, you will be provided a 50-hour training to give you all of the expertise you need to successfully and empathetically navigate crisis intervention and support survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, child abuse and domestic violence.

Hearing understanding and supportive words after recounting a traumatic experience can make all the difference in a survivor’s path to healing. You can be that voice of hope by becoming a volunteer for REACH.

For more information, please send an email to or call 951-692-2090.

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FCC Offers Temporary Discount on Broadband Bills to Qualifying Families

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program — overseen by the Federal Communications Commission — provides a temporary discount on broadband bills for qualifying low-income household.

Eligible households can receive the following benefits:

  • Up to a $50 per month discount on broadband service and associated equipment rentals;
  • Up to a $75 per month discount if household is located on qualifying Tribal lands; or
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50);

This program will end once the fund runs out of money or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

For eligibility and application options, visit You may also reach the Emergency Broadband Support Center by calling 833-511-0311 or sending an email to

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Housing Authority Offers Incentive Payments to Property Owners

Housing Authority of the County of Riverside (HACR) is offering property owners an incentive payment to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

The following incentive payments are available to new and existing participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program:

  • The HACR will offer a one-time payment of $2,500 to property owners who are new to the Housing Choice Voucher Program or have been inactive for the last 12 months;
  • The HACR will offer a $500 per unit payment to existing property owners who lease a unit to a Housing Choice Voucher participant. Please note that the $500 per unit payment does not apply to those that transfer to a new unit owned by the same landlord; and
  • The HACR, in some circumstances, may offer a one-time rent affordability payment when rent has to be negotiated down in order for the unit to be affordable for the voucher holder.

The executed lease and contract with all required addendums must be received no later than Dec. 1, 2021. No signing bonus payments will be made after Dec. 15, 2021. Rental units must be located in Riverside County. This offer excludes tax credit properties, Continuum of Care program, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, project-based vouchers, homeownership and owner-occupied manufactured homes.

For more details, please contact Cindy Hui at 951-343-5428 or Jennifer Graham at 951-343-5437

Upcoming Third District Spotlight Series: General Aviation Airports

The Riverside County Transportation Land Management Agency’s Aviation Department, in conjunction with the Third District Supervisor’s Office, is shining a spotlight on the General Aviation (GA) Airports in the Third District.  

Through a series of articles over the coming months, this newsletter will highlight various benefits and services that GA Airports provide to the Third District community. 

General Aviation Airports offer a wide range of aviation activities, with the exception of airline operations.  The county’s GA Airports are self-sustaining, although they do receive assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the form of Capital Improvement Grants. Primarily, however, the county’s GA Airports operate using funds drawn from lease rental agreements and fuel sales rather than from tax dollars.

In fact, GA Airports provide several benefits at no cost to taxpayers. This includes hosting military operational training and important aircraft for CAL FIRE, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and search-and-rescue operations. GA Airports serve as a location where individuals can receive training that is critical for the airline industry and provide businesses with easy access to this region.

The Third District has two GA airports: Hemet-Ryan and French Valley. Be on the lookout for future articles detailing the history and unique features of these two local facilities.


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Riverside County's French Valley Airport