COVID-19 Update: Advocating for Rent and Mortgage Forgiveness

City Hall

Friends,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the emergency orders to stay home, many Angelenos are facing economic hardships due to the loss of job or business revenue. Along with the coronavirus related eviction protections my colleagues and I approved last week, there are several agencies offering assistance for workers impacted by the public health crisis.

 

Unemployment Benefits

If you are a California worker who has tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19, unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19, or have lost your job due to the virus, please be sure to file a claim with the State’s Employment Development Department.  Additionally, my office has compiled a list of assistance funds for workers in the motion picture & television industry. You can view this list on my website here.

 

Advocating for Rent and Mortgage Forgiveness

Renters and 'mom and pop' landlords in Los Angeles need protection, and it will take collaboration at every level of government during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. I wrote a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the leaders of Congress, urging rent and mortgage forgiveness in the next federal relief package. My office continues to work on making sure everyone stays housed during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. You can read the letter here.

Pelosi McCarthy Letter

Pelosi McCarthy Letter

I’ll have more information on how the City is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in my next e-newsletter.

 

Stay safe,



MITCH O'FARRELL

 

COVID-19 RELATED EVICTION PROTECTION


LOS ANGELES - Councilmember O'Farrell voted to approve an emergency ordinance last week that provides protections for tenants while COVID-19 emergency orders are in place and beyond. The Council went even further than the Mayor’s initial order by voting unanimously to: waive late fees; prohibit evictions for additional tenants and guests; and extend the rent payback period to 12 months for residential tenants (three months for commercial), interest free. The ordinance pertains to all Angelenos, regardless of immigration status.

FAQ: COVID-19 RELATED EVICTION PROTECTIONS
 

COVID-19 TESTING NOW AVAILABLE



LOS ANGELES - COVID-19 testing is now available and provided by the City. For the moment, these tests are strictly limited to residents of Los Angeles who are most at-risk.

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RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS


ATWATER VILLAGE - Thank you to New Life Vision Church and executive pastor Joseph Oh for delivering critical supplies to our most vulnerable residents in the neighborhood during this public health crisis. Their act of kindness serves as a reminder for how we're all in this together.
 

RESTAURANTS OPEN FOR DELIVERY


COUNCIL DISTRICT 13 - In an effort to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell is compiling a list of restaurants in the 13th District that are offering delivery and take-out. This list should be available to the public shortly. Please help us build this list and support our local restaurants.

SUBMIT RESTAURANT OPEN FOR DELIVERY/TAKE-OUT
 

PLANTING NEW TREES IN HOLLYWOOD


HOLLYWOOD - Councilmember O'Farrell's office, in partnership with the City's Bureau of Sanitation, identified over 100 locations around the Hollywood Recreation Center for new trees. Thank you to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps for helping to cut the new tree wells.
 

MORE CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

CITY

City of Los Angeles Official Website Dedicated to Coronavirus News and Info
 
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Response to Coronavirus
 
Sign Up for NotifyLA - Receive Emergency Alerts
 
COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium

Department of Cultural Affairs Emergency Arts Funding
 
COUNTY
 
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Daily Updates on COVID-19
 
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Response to COVID-19
 
LA SCHOOLS
 
Los Angeles Unified School District Info for Parents and Students
 
Los Angeles City College Classes