COVID-19 Updates & Resources

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

As we continue to work through this crisis, I want to make sure that you know your rights, and know what resources are available to you. I’m compiling information and resources here, but if you don’t find what you’re looking for please reach out to my team. Even if you don't have a question and just want to say hi, get in touch! We may be apart, but no one in District Four should feel alone. Call me at 213-473-7004 or email We're always here.



 Renters & Working Families

Know your rights & file a complaint: Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department -; 866-557-7368
Tenants rights clinic & support: Coalition for Economic Survival - cesinaction.orgInformation on Tenants Rights
Legal services & more - Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County -; 800-433-6251
Eviction Protection Legal Clinic - Bet Tzedek -;; 323-939-0506
Finding & paying for childcare - Pathways LA - 427-2710;
Get help with errands & groceries - MonAmi -; (213) 473-7004

If you can't pay rent:

  • HCID Eviction Information -
  • Sample landlord-tenant communications -
  • Eviction Moratorium: Effective March 27, 2020 California renters impacted by the pandemic cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent through at least May 31, 2020. Tenants must declare in writing that they cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19 within 7 days of the rent due date.
  • Update on AB 3088: Tenants in the City of Los Angeles who experience COVID-19 financial stress will continue to be protected from eviction by the City's existing tenant pandemic ordinance. The City's ordinance offers overall greater protection for tenants than the State's new law (AB 3088 - The Tenant Relief Act of 2020) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) new order, although the State's new law provides some additional benefit that tenants should consider. Click here for facts that help answer some key questions facing LA tenants and landlords.
  • Los Angeles renters will have up to twelve months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any back due rent. 
  • Tenants are not required to sign any new agreements with their landlord. They may work out a payment plan at this time only if they choose to.
  • Tenants are not required to provide any documentation to their landlord proving their inability to pay rent at this time. Tenants are recommended to keep this documentation for their own records.
  • Sample tenant-landlord communication form can be found here in English, Spanish, Korean, Armenian, Chinese, Russian and Tagalog.

If you need help accessing groceries & essentials:

Rent freeze on Rent-Stabilized units: Effective March 30, 2020: 

LADWP shut-off moratorium: Effective March 23, 2020:

  • Power will not be shut off for any customer who cannot pay their bill as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Contact LADWP for flexible payment plans.

Affordable & Emergency Housing Search Tool:

  • Search for affordable, special needs, emergency housing, and more.
  • For help, call 1-877-428-8844 (toll free).

If your hours are reduced or your workplace closes:

If you lost your healthcare coverage:

Job listings:

If your child’s school is closed:

COVID-19 information for parents and families:

Assistance For Survivors of Human Trafficking or Domestic Violence:

  • Survivors of human trafficking or domestic violence who have been laid off, terminated, furloughed or exhausted unemployment insurance(UI), and unlikely to return to their previous occupation may be able to get help with childcare, housing assistance, utility assistance and more. Click here for a list of service providers.

Tax Day moved to July 15

County Property Tax Collection Information: 

Private Resources:

If you need help picking up groceries & essentials:

  • MonAmi -; (213) 473-7004
  • I've partnered with MonAmi to match local volunteers with single parents who need help picking up groceries and other essentials. Sign up online here or call (213) 473-7004.


Meals from LA Department of Aging - - 213-482-7252 or
Critical Delivery Service from Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services: 888-863-7511
Project Angel Food: or 323.845.1810

Food assistance:

Critical Delivery Service:

  • Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) is providing a temporary delivery program for older and dependent adults, called Critical Delivery Services. Through this program, adults over age 60, dependent adults (aged 18-59 years) or individuals with a permanent or temporary disability can request to have food and other vital items delivered. Call 888-863-7411 to request delivery service. More information here.

Cleaning services for CD 4 senior facilities: 

  • My office has dedicated discretionary funding to pay for the cleaning & disinfecting of private senior facilities.
  • If you know of a nursing home or senior facility in your Council District 4 neighborhood that could use this service - please reach out to our office via or 213-473-7004. 

Special shopping hours for seniors:

Although older adults are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, several supermarket chains have announced that they are opening early for seniors. 

  • Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions and Safeway: every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM for seniors, pregnant women, and those with underlying health conditions. 
  • Gelson’s: everyday from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM for seniors. 
  • Ralphs: everyday from 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM for seniors. 
  • Smart & Final: everyday from 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM for seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Target: every Wednesday, the first hour will be dedicated for seniors and communities with other health concerns.
  • Whole Foods: everyday, the first hour will be reserved for people 60 and over. 

As the situation remains fluid, please call your local supermarket to ask if they have reserved hours for seniors or people with underlying health conditions.

Affordable & Emergency Housing Search Tool:

  • Search for affordable, special needs, emergency housing, and more.
  • For help, call 1-877-428-8844 (toll free).

 Small Businesses

Guidance for reopening -
L.A. Al Fresco -
City of Los Angeles Microloan Program:
SBA Disaster Assistance:
Get help applying for loans:; 833-238-4450;
LA Small Business Resilience
Guidance for reopening -
Jewish Free Loan Association -
Restaurants: Apply to join LA City's Great Plates Delivered Program -
Moratorium on commercial evictions -

Information on re-opening:

If you are self employed or an independent contractor:

  • Disability Insurance Elective Coverage -
  • The California Employment Development Department offers Disability Insurance Elective Coverage for employers and self-employed individuals who want to be covered by Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave.

If you own a business that is facing potential closures or layoffs:

  • Rapid Response Services for Businesses -
  • The Rapid Response Services for Businesses is a state program that can assist companies facing potential layoffs or closures. Contact your local America’s Job Center of California to learn more about these services. 

Los Angeles City economic relief for small businesses:

Small Business Administration assistance:

  • SBA Disaster Assistance -
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is also offering Disaster Assistance to all California small businesses economically impacted by the Coronavirus with low-interest (2.75-3.75%) federal disaster loans of up to $2 million for long-term repayment plans of up to 30 years. You can find additional information as well as download applications here. For questions regarding SBA loans, you can call 800-659-2955 or email 

Moratorium on commercial evictions:

  • During the Local Emergency Period and for three months afterwards, property owners cannot evict a tenant of Commercial Real Property for non-payment of rent if the tenant is unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The L.A. Protects Initiative:

  • LA Protects -
  • The Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced an initiative, “L.A. Protects”, to organize local manufacturers to produce five million non-medical grade masks for workers in essential sectors, non-medical staff in hospitals, and medical patients across the City of Los Angeles. For more information on how you can help out, click here.

More information on business reopening & guidelines:

 Health Resources

Schedule a COVID-19 test:
Apply for Paid Family Leave:
Update on Hand Sanitizers from the FDA:

If you or a family member get sick:

L.A. County COVID-19 Dashboard and Resources:

  • LA County -
  • Los Angeles County has established its COVID-19 web page, and it has plenty of helpful information. Through the page, you can view maps, get resources to cope with stress, and view their coronavirus FAQ. For more information, click here

Tracking Coronavirus by Neighborhood:

  • Cal State Northridge geography professor Steven Graves has created a series of maps to show the spread of the coronavirus by neighborhood in L.A. County, and county by county on the national level. For more information, and to get started, click here

Learn more about and support UCLA Professor Dr. Anne Rimoin: 

  • Dr. Anne Rimoin -
  • Recently, Councilmember Ryu hosted UCLA Professor and Epidemiologist, Dr. Anne Rimoin, on his CD 4 Telephone Townhall to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.
  • To learn more about Dr. Rimoin's coronavirus research, and to support her work, visit her UCLA website here and her research project here.

Schedule a COVID-19 Test:

Tests are now available for all residents of Los Angeles who are showing symptoms -

As always, make sure that you heed advice from public health professionals. The CDC and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health have the most accurate and up to date information. I will continue to send out relevant updates as soon as they are available.

Handwashing Stations for Unhoused Individuals:


Resources for Immigrants:


Frequently Asked Questions for Immigrants:

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Testing Information:

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COVID-19 & Immigrant Rights Town Hall:

Councilmember David Ryu held an COVID-19 & Immigrant Rights Town Hall on May 12 with panelists Judith Wood, Esq., Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Executive Director Angelica Salas, and Vamos Unidos Executive Director Juan José Gutiérrez. 

View the video recording of the Town Hall here. 

 Neighborhood Town Halls

Sherman Oaks & Van Nuys - Thursday, July 9th:

Sycamore Square, Brookside, Wilshire Park, Fremont Place, Country Club Park & Windsor Village - Tuesday, July 21st:

Toluca Lake & Cahuenga Pass - Tuesday, July 28th:

Silver Lake & Los Feliz Town Hall - Thursday, July 30th:

Hollywood Hills - Monday, August 17th:

Miracle Mile Town Hall - Monday, August 31st:

 Emerge Into Equity: Women in the Time of COVID-19

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our three-part webinar series, Women in the Time of COVID-19.

September 14, 2020: Health, Mental Health & The Power of Place

September 17, 2020: Domestic Violence & Homelessness

September 21, 2020: Employment & Childcare

 District Four Coloring & Resource Book

Council District Four Coloring Book:

Download the District Four coloring book, complete with activities for kids and resources for Angelenos.


Sample pages:


Thank you to the team at Go As If Creative for their work!


 More Resources

Council District Four Coloring Book:

Download the District Four coloring book, complete with activities for kids and resources for Angelenos.

Expanded opportunities for Pre-K to 12 students:

  • PBS SoCal -
  • PBS SoCal and KCET, in partnership with LAUSD, are offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to California's state curriculum to provide continued at-home learning. See broadcast schedules and access digital resources here for students from Pre-K to 12th grade. 

COVID-19 information for pet owners:

Temporary digital Los Angeles County library cards now available: 

  • LAPL:
  • During its extended closure, the LA County Library system is offering a temporary digital card, valid for 90 days. Through the card, users can access all of the Library’s digital offerings, including eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, TV, homework help, online classes, and more. To sign up for a temporary digital card, LA County residents can visit

Hate crimes and incidents:

Bartenders Emergency Assistance Program: 

  • United States Bartenders Guild National Charity Foundation -
  • USBG Foundation has a “Bartenders Emergency Assistance Program”, for bartenders in times of need. With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the hospitality industry, bartenders who have been impacted can learn more about the program and eligibility requirements here

Mental health resources:

  • LA Department of Mental Health Hotline: 800-854-7771
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration: 800-985-5990
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Hotline: 800-950-6264
  • LAUSD Hotline: 213-241-3840
  • The Emergency Management Department has a list of activities to help handle stress during the pandemic.

Domestic violence resources:

Assistance For Survivors of Human Trafficking or Domestic Violence:

  • Survivors of human trafficking or domestic violence who have been laid off, terminated, furloughed or exhausted unemployment insurance(UI), and unlikely to return to their previous occupation may be able to get help with childcare, housing assistance, utility assistance and more. Click here for a list of service providers.

Asian American Drug Abuse Program:

Resources for freelance artists:

Arts Emergency Relief Fund:

  • Department of Cultural Affairs -
  • Emergency relief grants to City of Los Angeles-based dance, music, and theatre artists, as well as small ensembles who have had their public performances, shows, or concerts cancelled due to COVID-19. The Department will consider the first 450 applicants by the deadline, May 1, 2020. For more information and to apply, click here

LifeLine Low-Cost & Free Monthly Telephone Service:

  • Provider search tool:
  • Free and low-cost cell phones are available through the California LifeLine program. LifeLine offers low-cost and free monthly telephone services to eligible, low-income California residents. Participants can qualify for the program if they receive public benefits or meet household income limits. Learn more about the program here.


  • City Attorney's Office - 213-978-8340
  • Price gouging is illegal. If you think you have been a victim of price gouging or a coronavirus consumer scam, file a complaint with the Office of the City Attorney.

Be aware: LADWP scammers taking advantage of COVID-19 response: 

  • LADWP: 1-800-DIAL-DWP
  • In response to COVID-19, LADWP announced that they are deferring disconnections for non-payment. However, there are reports of scammers representing themselves as LADWP employees, threatening to shut off water and power service if they do not receive payment immediately over the phone.
  • LADWP DOES NOT request payment of any kind over the phone, including credit card, debit card, or prepaid VISA or MASTERCARD. If you suspect something isn’t right on the other end of the line, hang up the phone and dial 1-800-DIAL-DWP. 

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 How to Help

If you are able to help those in need, please donate or volunteer at one of these local funds or organizations: 

Please remember that my team is always here for you, and you should continue to contact us with any questions or needs: (213) 473-7004 or