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With many people experiencing a reduction of work hours and loss of wages, families are concerned about the stability of their housing and utilities. Los Angeles County is working hard to ensure that families are safe from losing housing, water and power services during this difficult time.
NEVHC will continue to update this section as new information and resources become available.
California Eviction Moratorium: Rent Relief Resources
California’s eviction moratorium is set to expire on September 30, 2021. Beginning September 1, California residents are able to apply for rent relief through the state’s Housing is Key program. Residents with applications in progress may be protected from eviction after September 30. This program covers 100% of a tenant’s past-due rent from April 2020 onward, including unpaid utility bills. The program also pays up to three months of upcoming rent. To learn more and apply, click here.
Emergency Assistance to Prevent Eviction Program
The Emergency Assistance to Prevent Eviction (EAPE) Program provides aid to CalWORKS Families that owe back rent or utilities. First time applicants may receive up to $5,000 in aid. To apply, access the application form here and then call the Department of Public Social Services customer support line here.
State of California: Information on Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoriums
As of August 31, a new law is in place in California to provide relief to tenants through February 1, 2021. To learn more, click here.
Southern California Edison’s Medical Baseline Allowance
If you or another full-time resident of your home requires the regular use of electrically powered medical equipment like a motorized wheelchair or scooter, apnea monitor or dialysis machine, or if you require air conditioning or heating due to a life-threatening or chronic illness, you may be eligible for a Medical Baseline Allowance.This allowance provides an additional 16.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per day. Provided at the lowest baseline rate, this helps offset the cost of operating medical equipment. Learn more and apply at https://www.sce.com/residential/assistance/medical-baseline or by calling 1-800-655-4555.
Family Crisis Housing Network Program
The Family Crisis Housing Network Program’s Family Solution Center provides emergency shelter placement and meal services to adults with at least one minor child.
Additional services include mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence programs, as well as assistance with employment and childcare. Reach the Family Crisis Housing Network Program by calling (323) 432- 4399.
LA County COVID-19 Rent Relief
The Los Angeles County Development Authority will be administering LA County’s rent relief program. Applications will be accepted from August 17 to August 31, and eligibility is based on income. This program is open to tenants across LA County excluding the City of Los Angeles.
Learn more and apply at https://211la.org/lacounty/rentrelief or by calling 2-1-1.
LA Housing Community and Investment Department: Emergency Renters Assistance Subsidy Fund
A new fund from Los Angeles’ Housing and Community Investment Department (HCLID) will provide a temporary rent subsidy for tenants who live in the City of Los Angeles and are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible tenants are those whose household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income, which is $83,500 for a family of 4. The rent subsidy will be paid directly to the tenant’s landlord on the tenant’s behalf.
More information will be available on July 13 at https://hcidla.lacity.org/
COVID-19 Renter Protections
Mayor Garcetti and the City Council of LA have put new protections for tenants into place during #COVID19. These protections will help to prevent evictions and increases in rent cost. Fact sheets outlining these COVID-19 Renter Protections are available in many languages here.
One Degree’s COVID-19 Resource Guide
One Degree’s COVID-19 Resource Guide is updated Monday – Friday by 2 PM. The resource guide is a collaborative effort between Cal State LA, Los Angeles Department of Health Services, One Degree, and other community organizations and members who are committed to the well-being and health of our community. The resource guide includes housing resources and is available in English and Spanish.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)
The LADWP has announced that they will not be shutting off power or water services due to non- payment for the duration of March 2020. They are also offering payment plans
LADWP can be reached at 1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397).
View their latest message regarding power and water service here.
Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department: COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium
On Friday, March 27, Governor Newsom announced a temporary stop to evictions for people financially impacted by coronavirus. The Governor’s order prevents the eviction of renters who are not able to pay rent through May 31st. It includes individuals who cannot pay rent because they have lost their job, or have coronavirus, or are caring for someone with coronavirus. Find out what steps to take if you need to stop an eviction proceeding by clicking here.
Governor Newsom also announced that financial institutions will offer mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days, which allow you to reduce or delay your monthly mortgage payment. Learn more here.
State of California Executive Order to Protect Renters and Homeowners
Governor Newsom issued a similar order to protect tenants and homeowners from evictions, foreclosures and loss of utilities due to financial hardship caused by coronavirus.
This order will be in place through May 31, and may be extended. For more information, click here.
Together We Rise
The non-profit organization Together We Rise is offering support for students that have been displaced from their dormitories due to school closures. More information can be found here.