COVID-19 Update: $100 Million for Emergency Rental Assistance

City Hall
Friends,

Protecting renters, ensuring that rental properties don’t go into foreclosure, and adding stability to our residential housing and commercial tenant market has been my top priority since the pandemic began and the COVID-19 emergency orders went into effect.

This is why I have prioritized the allocation of $2 million of funding to help the most vulnerable renters and small businesses that I serve in the 13th District:
  • Rental Assistance - I moved $1 million of discretionary funding into the City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Subsidy (ERAS) Program. The program, which is administered by the City’s Housing + Community Investment Department, will benefit eligible renters in the 13th District who are unable to pay their rent due to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Small Business Assistance - initiated the “Emergency Small Business Grant Program” for businesses in the 13th District with 26 or fewer employees. The program will assist those struggling to make ends meet during the public health emergency orders. According to the motion [attached], the program will be administered and developed in partnership with the City’s Economic and Workforce Development Department. 

And earlier today, City Council President Nury Martinez and I took another big step for the most disadvantaged renters across Los Angeles. I seconded her motion to move $100 million from the City’s federal CARES Act fund to the City Council-created COVID-19 Emergency Renters Assistance Subsidy Program to help renters across the city. 

I look forward to working with all city leaders to ensure that these subsidies benefit people with the greatest need, and I will continue advocating for additional resources at the state and federal level to keep Los Angeles on track for a full recovery. 

Keeping people housed and businesses open during this unprecedented time is of utmost importance. For more information on renter protections and other actions we have taken to assist Angelenos, please visit this page on my website.

Stay safe,


MITCH O’FARRELL

 

HEADLINES

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$100 MILLION TO HELP WITH RENT

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell joined Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Nury Martinez, Councilmember Herb Wesson and Councilmember John Lee to announce a $100 million fund for renter assistance. The Council action is the largest COVID-19-related renters assistance program of any city in the nation.
 

RELIEF FOR RENTERS

LOS ANGELES - Renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are protected from eviction. The City Council recently adopted policy that includes: barring landlords from evicting residential and commercial tenants who are unable to pay rent due to and during the emergency period; barring no-fault evictions during the local emergency period; halting Ellis Act evictions for 60 days after the emergency order is lifted; and, waiving late fees and allowing residential tenants to pay back their rent for up to 12 months, or 3 months for commercial tenants, after the emergency order is lifted.

RENTER PROTECTIONS FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY COVID-19
 

UPDATE: ROADMAP TO RECOVERY

LOS ANGELES - In a major milestone in our road map to recovery, Los Angeles County is aligning regulations to match the State in a phased approach that now permits the reopening of faith-based services, in-store shopping at retail stores, drive-in movies & other activities.
 

UPDATE: TESTING OPEN TO ALL

LOS ANGELES - Mayor Garcetti announced that COVID-19 testing sites have expanded hours to accommodate as many Angelenos as possible. Testing is now open to all, regardless of whether there are signs of symptoms. Additionally, same or next day testing appointments are now available at locations across the city.

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CALLING ALL LGBTQ+ STORYTELLERS

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember O'Farrell is accepting entries from LGBTQ+ community members, partners, and allies for ‘Pride & Pandemic.’ The series will feature essays and other forms of literary storytelling to share personal experiences of survival during the AIDS epidemic, which began in the 1980's, and how it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic we are living through today. Please send your essay to LGBTRSVP@lacity.org with "Pride Month Writing Submission" in the subject line. The deadline to submit is Friday, June 5.
 

COVID-19 NEWS AND INFORMATION

CITY

City of Los Angeles Official Website Dedicated to Coronavirus News and Info
 
FAQ: COVID-19 Eviction Protections 

City Attorney: Consumer Alerts Related to Coronavirus

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Response to Coronavirus

 
Sign Up for NotifyLA - Receive Emergency Alerts

Department of Cultural Affairs Emergency Arts Funding

COUNTY
 
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Daily Updates on COVID-19
 
LA Homeless Services Authority Response to COVID-19 

Assistance for Seniors
 
LA SCHOOLS
 
Los Angeles Unified School District Info for Parents and Students
 
Los Angeles City College Classes