Renters & Working Families
Know your rights & file a complaint: Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department - hcidla.lacity.org; 866-557-7368
Tenants rights clinic & support: Coalition for Economic Survival - cesinaction.org; Information on Tenants Rights Clinic; firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal services & more - Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County - nlsla.org; 800-433-6251
Finding & paying for childcare - Pathways LA - pathwaysla.org; (213) 427-2710; RR@pathwaysla.org
If you can't pay rent:
- HCID Eviction Information - hcidla2.lacity.org/covid-19-renter-protections
- Sample landlord-tenant communications - email@example.com
- 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.
- 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.
Rent freeze on Rent-Stabilized units: Effective March 30, 2020:
- RSO Rent Freeze - lamayor.org/mayor-garcetti-orders-halt-rent-increases-rent-stabilized-units
- Is my unit RSO - hcidla.lacity.org/Is-My-Rental-Unit-Subject-to-the-RSO
- Effective March 30, 2020, Mayor Garcetti has issued a halt on any new rent increases on residential units that are subject to the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO), otherwise known as rent control. RSO generally applies to multi-family complexes built before 1978.
LADWP shut-off moratorium: Effective March 23, 2020:
- LADWP - ladwp.com; 877-MYPAYDWP
- 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.
If your hours are reduced or your workplace closes:
- Unemployment Insurance: California’s Employment Development Department - edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
- Apply for CalFresh - dpss.lacounty.gov
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.htm
- Freelance and gig workers may also be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
- CalFresh Food benefits may be used to purchase groceries online at select retailers. Learn more here.
If you lost your healthcare coverage:
- Covered California - coveredca.com
If your child’s school is closed:
- LAUSD Resource Centers - achieve.lausd.net/resources
- Charter School & Nonprofit Meal Locations - bit.ly/LAMealSites
- Pathways LA - pathwaysla.org; RR@pathwaysla.org; (213) 427-2710
- If your child’s school is closed and you have to miss work to care for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits.
- LAUSD has opened 64 resource centers that provide two grab-and-go meals for enrolled children per day, and over 100 charter schools and nonprofit organizations have also begun distributing meals.
- Get help finding & paying for childcare from Pathways LA. Free childcare may be available for essential workers. Call (213) 427-2710 or email RR@pathwaysla.org. More info in English and Spanish.
COVID-19 information for parents and families:
- Children's Hospital Los Angeles - chla.org/blog/hospital-news/covid-19-information-patients-parents-and-visitors
- The CHLA page contains information in multiple languages including Arabic, Spanish, Farsi, Korean, simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese.
Tax Day moved to July 15
- IRS - irs.gov
- California Franchise Tax Board - ftb.ca.gov
- The IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board have moved Tax Day to July 15. For more information, visit the IRS website and the Franchise Tax Board website.
County Property Tax Collection Information:
- LA County Treasurer - ttc.lacounty.gov
- County residents can submit a request for penalty cancellation online. To do so, visit the Los Angeles County Treasurer's website.
- If you believe that your property value warrants review due to a decline in market value, you can file an application for a Decline-in-Value Review.
- Jewish Free Loan - jfla.org
- LA Food Bank - lafoodbank.org
- Wilshire Boulevard Temple's Karsh Center - karshcenter.org
- Jewish Free Loan offers no-fee and interest-free loans to cover lost wages, child care costs, small business losses and more.
- The Los Angeles Food Bank provides food distribution through a network of local pantries. Find your local food pantry here.
- The Wilshire Boulevard Temple's Karsh Center food pantry is available every Sunday from 7:30am to 9:30am, and by phone and email Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Meals from LA Department of Aging - aging.lacity.org - 213-482-7252 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Critical Delivery Service from Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services: 888-863-7511
Project Angel Food: angelfood.org or 323.845.1810
- Free pickup meals from the Los Angeles Department of Aging: reach out at 213-482-7252. The Department of Aging is available Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Fridays from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Find a list of resources and programs here.
- Fill out this form if you need assistance picking up meals, medications, or would like to receive a social call from a member of Team Ryu.
- Project Angel Food delivers free bags of nutritious food.
- LA Food Bank provides free food for pickup at multiple locations.
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 email@example.com 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.
Guidance for reopening - corona-virus.la/Business
L.A. Al Fresco - corona-virus.la/laalfresco
City of Los Angeles Microloan Program: ewddlacity.com/index.php/microloan-program
SBA Disaster Assistance: sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19
Get help applying for loans: lacountyhelpcenter.org; 833-238-4450; firstname.lastname@example.org
LA Small Business Resilience Toolkit- ewddlacity.com/images/business/COVID19_BusinessResilienceToolkit_v4.pdf
Guidance for reopening - corona-virus.la/Business
Jewish Free Loan Association - jfla.org
Restaurants: Apply to join LA City's Great Plates Delivered Program - wdacs.lacounty.gov/greatplates
Moratorium on commercial evictions - corona-virus.la/english/mayor-garcetti-orders-moratorium-commercial-evictions
Information on re-opening:
If you are self employed or an independent contractor:
- Disability Insurance Elective Coverage - edd.ca.gov/disability/Self-Employed.htm
- 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 - edd.ca.gov/pdf_pub_ctr/de8714rrb.pdf
- 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:
- City of Los Angeles Microloan Program - ewddlacity.com/index.php/microloan-program
- LA Cares Program - ewddlacity.com/index.php/lacarescorps
- Small Business Development Center - smallbizla.org/covid19/funding
- Mayor Garcetti announced an $11 million economic relief package for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, and you can apply here.
- The Mayor also announced the opening of the L.A. Cares program, which is a partnership between the City and the County to assist small local businesses in applying for loans. There are City, State, and Federal resources available to small businesses who are struggling, and the L.A. Cares program can help you figure out which ones you are eligible for.
- The Small Business Development Center has a list of helpful resources here.
Small Business Administration assistance:
- SBA Disaster Assistance - disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
- 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 email@example.com.
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 - laprotects.org
- 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:
- Safer L.A: Toolkits for Businesses - https://corona-virus.la/Business
Schedule a COVID-19 test: lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
Apply for Paid Family Leave: edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_PFL_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm
If you or a family member get sick:
- California Paid Sick Leave - dir.ca.gov/dlse/paid_sick_leave.htm
- Los Angeles Paid Sick Leave - wagesla.lacity.org/sites/g/files/wph471/f/2019-MWO-Poster-EN-11.pdf
- Disability Insurance - edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_DI_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm
- Paid Family Leave - edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_PFL_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm
- Workers Compensation - dir.ca.gov/dwc/forms.html
- California law entitles you to at least three days of paid sick leave. The City of Los Angeles requires employers to provide an additional three days, for a total of six days.
- If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to it you can file a Disability Insurance claim with the state of California. The Governor’s office has waived the wait period for insurance claims. Payments are roughly 60% - 70% of wages.
- If a family member falls ill you may be able to receive Paid Family Leave from the state to take care of them. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages in order to take care of an ill family member.
- If you are unable to work because you contracted coronavirus during the regular course of your work, you may be eligible for Worker’s Compensation benefits. File a claim (DWC-1) with your employer. This will include Temporary Disability (TD) payments, which can cover up to 104 weeks. TD generally pays two-thirds of the gross wages you lose while you are recovering.
- You can use paid sick days to care for a sick family member.
L.A. County COVID-19 Dashboard and Resources:
- LA County - covid19.lacounty.gov/
- 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 - ph.ucla.edu/epi/faculty/rimoin/rimoin.html
- 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 - lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
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:
Apply for Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) -
Judy Wood, Attorney - lawofficesofjudithlwood.com - 213-680-7801 - 323-683-5166
Vamos Unidos (Juan Jose) - vamosunidos.net - 213-746-6264
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights LA - CHIRLA.org - 888-624-4752
Immigrant Neighbor Fund (East-West Bank) - immigrantneighborfund.com
Yo Soy California - yosoycalifornia.chirla.org
Medi-Nurse Hotline for Medi-Cal patients & uninsured - 1-877-409-9052
Apply for the Immigrant Families Fund - missionassetfund.org/immigrant-families-grant
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.
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 - kcet.org
- 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:
- Best Friends Animal Society - resources.bestfriends.org
Temporary digital Los Angeles County library cards now available:
- LAPL: LACountyLibrary.org/library-cards
- 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 LACountyLibrary.org/library-cards.
Hate crimes and incidents:
- Report a hate crime to the LAPD - lapdonline.org/get_informed/content_basic_view/1402
- Asian Pacific Policy Planning Council - asianpacificpolicyandplanningcouncil.org/stop-aapi-hate
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA - standagainsthatred.org
- Bystander Intervention Training - ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention
- Contact my office - davidryu.lacity.org/contact
Bartenders Emergency Assistance Program:
- United States Bartenders Guild National Charity Foundation - usbgfoundation.org
- 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:
- L.A. County Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-978-3600
- L.A. County Child Abuse Hotline: 800-540-4000
- L.A. County Elder Abuse Hotline: 877-477-3646
- Project Safe Haven - corona-virus.la/DVResources
- More information & resources here.
Asian American Drug Abuse Program:
- AADAP - aadapinc.org
- AADAP is providing continued virtual services. More information in English here, and in Spanish here.
Resources for freelance artists:
- Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective - covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com
Arts Emergency Relief Fund:
- Department of Cultural Affairs - culturela.org/grants-and-calls/aer-fund
- 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: californialifeline.com/en/provider_search
- 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.
How to Help
If you are able to help those in need, please donate or volunteer at one of these local funds or organizations:
- Mayor's Crisis Fund - mayorsfundla.org/covid19
- Los Angeles Food Bank - lafoodbank.org/coronavirus
- United Way Pandemic Relief Fund - unitedwayla.org/en/give/pandemic-relief-fund
- California Community Foundation Response Fund - calfund.org/covid-19
- LA Students Most In Need - calfund.org/lastudentsmostinneed
Volunteer (if you are healthy & not in an at-risk group; please continue to reduce close contact with others, especially those most vulnerable):
- Big Sunday - bigsunday.org/get-involved
- Project Angel Food - angelfood.org/volunteer
- Center in Hollywood - thecenterinhollywood.org
- A Place Called Home - apch.org
- My Friend's Place - myfriendsplace.org
- L.A. Works - laworks.com
- West Valley Food Pantry - westvalleyfoodpantry.org
- Red Cross Los Angeles - redcross.org/local/california/los-angeles/about-us/our-work/covid-la.html
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.