COVID-19 Update: New Ad Hoc Committee to Direct Federal Funds

City Hall
Friends,

Today Council President Nury Martinez announced the creation of an Ad Hoc Committee on COVID-19 Recovery and Neighborhood Investment. I am honored to serve on this committee and am eager to get to work!

The focus of the ad hoc committee will be to direct state and federal funding, including $700 million in funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help the City with its response to the coronavirus.

On Wednesday, we announced that $100 million of CARES Act funding will be placed in the City’s COVID-19 Emergency Renters Relief Program for those struggling to make ends meet [INFO]. This is in addition to my appropriation of $2 million of funding to help the most vulnerable renters and small businesses that I serve within the 13th District.

Since the start of the emergency orders in March, I have worked to ensure Angelenos have the relief they need to stay housed, both during the pandemic and after [INFO]. I will continue my push for more assistance for Angelenos who need it most, at every level of government. 

Our first ad hoc committee meeting will take place in the coming days, and I will be sure to let you know when it is scheduled.

Stay safe,


MITCH O’FARRELL
 

HEADLINES

[Beverly Press] City announce $100 million fund to help renters

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DONATING FOOD TO CD 13 FAMILIES

WESTLAKE - Councilmember O'Farrell partnered with the Salvadoran American Leadership Education Fund (SALEF) and Clinica Romero to assemble and donate food bags for families adversely affected by COVID-19. Each bag contained fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy items that provide a week's worth of food for a family of four. Thank you to Food Forward for your generous food donations as Councilmember O'Farrell continues to help vulnerable communities throughout the district during this pandemic.
 

DELIVERING ESSENTIAL RESOURCES

GLASSELL PARK AND SILVER LAKE - Councilmember O'Farrell worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Dodgers Foundation, Smart and Final, The Salvation Army, the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic and the Helpful Honda People to distribute food to the families of Padres de Glassell Park, and clients of the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic.
 

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: HOUSES OF WORSHIP UPDATE

LOS ANGELES - In a major milestone in our road map to recovery, the City and County of Los Angeles is permitting all houses of worship to resume in-person services. The number of congregants will be limited to less than 25%, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower. Face coverings and physical distancing are required.
 

SMALL BIZ RECOVERY LOAN PROGRAM

LOS ANGELES - Due to the adverse economic impacts to small businesses brought on by COVID-19, the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) has launched the  Transit Oriented Communities Small Business Recovery Loan Program funded by LA Metro. Eligible Los Angeles County small businesses located within a ¼-mile of a Major Transit Stop could receive up to $20,000 in loan funds to cover operating expenses. The loan application period is Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 12PM to Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 5PM.

APPLY FOR A LOAN
 

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