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The CHAT program aims to reduce social isolation among older adults and adults with disabilities by facilitating access to technology and providing technology support and training.
Under this program, AIS is distributing iPad devices with limited internet access to eligible participants. Technical assistance and digital literacy training is provided to program participants at no cost. The program is provided by Aging & Independence Services (AIS), a division of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, in partnership with the California Department of Aging.
CHAT Program Eligibility Criteria – Individuals must:
- Be 60 years of age or older or 18 years of age or older with a disability
- Reside in San Diego County
- Not own a laptop or tablet computer (e.g., iPad) AND/OR not have access to the internet at home
- Participate in program surveys and evaluations
Older adults and service providers who are interested in learning more about the program or would like to make a referral may contact Vilma.Poroj@sdcounty.ca.gov or call 858-495-5500.
Additional Tech Programs
San Diego County Library Tech Connect
The San Diego County Library Tech Connect program offers free technology help and community resources throughout San Diego County. Library card holders can check out a laptop and mobile hotspot to take home. For more information and to sign up, visit www.sdcl.org/techconnect.
City of San Diego SD Access 4 All
The City of San Diego’s SD Access 4 All program helps provide digital access and resources to the community by providing free Wi-Fi and internet access as well as laptop use at select library locations. Participants can also access technology support and rent mobile hotspots that allow users to connect their laptop, tablet and other Wi-Fi enabled devices to the internet. For more information, visit www.sandiego.gov/sdaccess.
If you do not think you are eligible for one of the programs above, call 2-1-1 for information on additional tech programs which you may be eligible for.
The County of San Diego is partnering with On the Go to operate the San Diego County Senior Transportation Program. This program provides safe and reliable transportation for older adults living in specific areas at no cost to the rider. Each eligible rider will receive up to 80 miles worth of rides each month.
No-Cost Transportation Program Eligibility Criteria- Individuals Must:
- Be at least 60 years old.
- Be able to transfer in and out of a car on their own.
- Have a household income at or below 30% of San Diego County Area Median Income.
- Live in one of the following zip codes: 91901, 91910, 91911, 91915, 91916, 91945, 91950, 91977, 92004, 92020, 92027, 92058, 92070, 92081, 92083, 92084, 92102, 92105, 92110, 92113, 92114, 92139, 92154, 92173
For questions or to apply, please contact 855-638-2279 to speak with
a live agent or visit https://otgrides.org/sd-enrollment.
The national Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides funding for some employment training for low-income older adults.
For more information, call 800-339-4661 or send us an email.
Mental health issues impact people of all ages. Aging & Independence Services provides crisis assessment and assistance for older adults and can help you get connected to other mental health resources.