Updated August 12 – Check back for updates

Program Focused on Assisting Residents Located in High Need Areas of the County

In an effort to assist renters with limited means affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has provided $100 million in CARES Act funds to create a COVID-19 Rent Relief program, operated by the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA). The program is set to launch on Monday, August 17, 2020, and will remain open for a two-week period, closing on August 31, 2020.  The program’s goal is to assist between 8,000 to over 9,000 households.

The emergency rental assistance provided is intended to meet the needs of low-income renters who have struggled to pay their rent and/or who are behind on paying rent due to the economic impacts caused by the pandemic. Those who are most at need will be targeted with more assistance.

The program is available to all residents of the County who qualify, with the exception of residents living in the City of Los Angeles, as the City also received its own allocation of CARES Act funds. A W-9 and participation agreement are needed from the property owners to receive rental income on behalf of their qualified tenant; property owners must agree to the terms of the participation agreement. Citizenship documentation will not be requested from any party (renter or property owner).

A list of Frequently Asked Questions with more program detail is available at rentrelief.lacda.org

On April 24, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered” program, a meal delivery service for California’s older adults.

We are pleased to announce that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) program has authorized a time extension for the Great Plates Delivered program to September 9, 2020.

LA County Great Plates program information and application here: https://wdacs.lacounty.gov/greatplates/

May 8 Updates

“Great Plates Delivered” program

On April 24, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered” program, a meal delivery service for California’s older adults.

Great Plates Delivered has two purposes:

Help seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and
Provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.

In LA County, delivery starts on May 11. For eligibility and enrollment information, visit https://wdacs.lacounty.gov/greatplates/

 

Options for Mortgage Relief –  Coronavirus Hardship

Info about mortgage relief options from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/guide-coronavirus-mortgage-relief-options/

Guía de opciones para el alivio de hipotecas por el coronavirus  https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/alivio-de-hipotecas-por-coronavirus/

April 27 NPR story on mortgage forebearance under the CARES act https://www.npr.org/2020/04/27/843547334/3-4-million-homeowners-skip-payments-but-many-are-scared-say-congress-needs-to-a

Mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac: no balloon repayment can be required after skipped or late payments https://www.fhfa.gov//Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/No-Lump-Sum-Required-at-the-End-of-Forbearance-says-FHFAs-Calabria.aspx

 

April 29 Updates

Benefits Now Open to Independent Contractors, Self-Employed and Business Owners

Here is the latest news from the California Economic Development Department (EDD):

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

  • EDD is now accepting applications for the PUA program.
  • Independent contractors, individuals who are business owners, self-employed, have limited work history, and those who are not currently eligible for state unemployment benefits are eligible for PUA. For more information visit the Labor & Workforce Development Agency’s website.

 

Support/Assistance for Alzheimer’s families/caregivers

Call our helpline at 844.HELP.ALZ (844.435.7259) or go to our website (AlzheimersLA.org) to get information about assistance with:

  • Caring for an older adult or family member
  • Sadness or loneliness
  • Healthcare questions
  • Financial and household resources
  • Grocery shopping
  • Transportation

April 27 Updates:

RESOURCES FOR IMMIGRANTS IMPACTED BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS  

If you, or someone you know, is an immigrant living in Los Angeles, Ventura or Santa Barbara, the LA Archdiocese’s Office of Immigration Affairs has gathered a list of resources to help you and your family this coronavirus crisis. Services and public benefits are available to you, some regardless of immigration status.

Financial Resources 

The Governor of California announced disaster relief assistance for working Californians and will include financial support to non-citizens with valid work authorization impacted by COVID-19.
Pandemic unemployment assistance (eligible for non-citizens with valid work authorization)
Unemployment services
Disability benefits
Paid family leave
Small business assistance
Instructional videos from on how to file a claim
English | Spanish | Mandarin | Vietnamese

Food Services 

Additionally, this tool can help you find food banks and other types of food assistance programs in your county.
Find a food bank near you 

Renter’s Rights and Eviction Assistance 

California issued a statewide moratorium on residential evictions for renters who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 related economic hardships. The moratorium went into effect on March 27 and is valid through May 31, 2020.​
L.A. County Housing Resource Center 
County of Los Angeles tenant resources 
County of Santa Barbara Eviction Moratorium
Sample Letter to Landlord
Sample Letter Spanish – carta de muestra al dueño de la propiedad
File an eviction complaint with the City at (866) 557-7368

Health Services

Even if you are undocumented and/or don’t have insurance, you can get necessary testing and treatment for COVID-19 through Medi-Cal emergency services, even at a local clinic. Medi-Cal care for COVID-19 related testing or treatment does not count under the public charge rule because it is the treatment of an emergency medical condition.
Get testing and treatment in Los Angeles
Testing in Santa Barbara or call 833-688-5551
Ventura county 
My Health LA or call 844-744-6452

Immigrant Rights 

During this unprecedented pandemic, organizations are assisting the most vulnerable with legal advice and guidelines.

California Immigrant Guide Covid-19 page  https://immigrantguide.ca.gov/en/covid19/

California Immigrant Guide (English)

Bet Tzedek Legal Services or calling 323 – 939 – 0506

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles -800 -399 – 4529

https://lafla.org/stories-events/lafla-coronavirus-response/

https://lafla.org/get-help/espanol/

 

County updates on COVID-19 

Los Angeles County 
Ventura County 
Santa Barbara County 

Additionally, the Office of Immigration Affairs can help direct you to additional resources. For help or questions, send an email to
[email protected]

April 18

LAist article “Where To Get Financial Assistance, Food And More During The Coronavirus Crisishttps://laist.com/2020/04/05/coronavirus_where_to_get_financial_assistance_food_and_more_update.php

 

One Degree COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Guide (in collaboration with Master’s of Public Health students at Cal State Los Angeles and Los Angeles Department of Health Services) https://about.1degree.org/covid-19-la-en

Guia de recursos de COVID-19 (Coronavirus) compilado por One Degree,  https://about.1degree.org/covid-19-la-es

 

Hearts to Serve hotline https://lacatholics.org/hearts-serve/ (Saint Vincent De Paul and the Knights of Columbus) 855-423-6780,  8am-6pm, English

Hearts to Serve is a hotline serving  our families in need but most importantly our elderly community who are homebound during this difficult time. Our hotline will provide resources and serve as a call center for anyone in our Catholic parishes and school who is need of food or home good delivery, material assistance, or referrals for essential resources. It is our hope that this hotline will be shared with your fellow parishioners and anyone who needs assistance. As of now, phone calls will only be answered in English.

The Archdiocese Hearts to Serve hotline can help people in need of food or supplies by calling 855-423-6780 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Child Meal Distribution Locations List (ages 1-18, from any school district) https://www.elsegundousd.net/apps/news/article/1192679

 

Los Angeles County Development Authority

In response to small businesses affected by COVID-19, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has created the Small Business Recovery Loan Program, administered by the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA). To obtain an application, visit bizrecoveryloans.lacda.org. Additional resources for small businesses can be found at: https://dcba.lacounty.gov. For more information on the Small Business Recovery Loan Program, please contact Carolina Romo, Supervisor at LACDA, at (626) 296-6298 or by email at [email protected].

 

FindHelp.org

Incredible tool to help find resources by zip code. Un sitio con un recurso para encontrar assistencia por cogida zonal.  http://findhelp.org/

LAJobsPortal.org

One-Stop Shop for all things employment in the City of LA: Job Openings, Resources, and Employers. http://lajobsportal.org/

 

Resources for Seniors and Vulnerable Angelenos

Attached is a resource guide from the Department of Aging.  https://aging.lacity.org/blog/covid-19-updates