City of Los Angeles Emergency Renters Assistance Program
- HCIDLA Application & Information - https://hcidla.lacity.org; (844) 944-1868
- Applications will be accepted from Monday, July 13 at 8:00 AM through Friday, July 17 at 11:59 PM
- The Los Angeles City Emergency Renters Assistance Subsidy Program will provide a temporary rent subsidy for eligible residential tenants in the City of Los Angeles who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The subsidy will provide a grant of up to $1,000 per month to cover the monthly lease rent (based on the rent paid as of March 1, 2020), with a maximum of $2,000 per household. The rent subsidy will be paid directly to the tenant’s landlord on the tenant’s behalf. This program will be available to renters of multifamily rental housing who meet eligibility criteria. Find all eligibility criteria here.
- HCIDLA Eviction Information - https://hcidla2.lacity.org/covid-19-renter-protections
- Effective March 27, 2020, Governor Newsom has issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020 statewide. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19. For more information on the eviction moratorium, click here.
- Mayor Garcetti has ordered a moratorium on rental evictions in Los Angeles during this crisis. Tenants will have up to twelve months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any back due rent.
Rent freeze on Rent-Stabilized units: Effective March 30, 2020
- Rent Freeze order - lamayor.org/mayor-garcetti-orders-halt-rent-increases-rent-stabilized-units
- What units are 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/covid19response
- Effective March 23, 2020, Mayor Garcetti announced that LADWP would not shut off power to any customers who cannot pay their bill as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. For more information on this announcement, as well as details on flexible payment plans, click here.
If your hours are reduced or your workplace closes
- Apply for Unemployment Insurance - edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
- If your hours have been reduced or your employer has temporarily closed, you may be able to receive unemployment benefits by filing a claim with California’s Employment Development Department.
- If you are only temporarily unable to work due to closures, you are not required to actively search for work each week.
- Your employer cannot retaliate against you if you have used paid sick days or filed a worker’s compensation claim.
If you lost your healthcare coverage
- Individuals who have lost their employer-sponsored healthcare can enroll in a plan through Covered California. Depending on your income, you may be eligible for Medi-Cal, which would become effective immediately. For more information on what your options are, click here.
LA Jobs Portal for Those Affected by COVID-19
- The City of Los Angeles has opened its “LA Jobs Portal” for workers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The LA Jobs Portal features job openings, as well as healthcare, employment and emergency resources. For more information, click here.
If you or a family member get sick:
- 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 need assistance with food for yourself or your family
- LA Regional Food Bank: lafoodbank.org - multiple locations on website
- Project Angel Food delivers hot meals to seniors and people with underlying health conditions: projectangelfood.org
- LAUSD Grab and Go Locations: achieve.lausd.net/resources - they offer 2 meals per child, per day.
- St. James' in-the-City is offering free meals on Tuesdays from 12pm-3pm, free grab-and-go groceries on Thursdays from 8am-9am, free hot meals on Fridays from 3:30pm-5pm, and free breakfast, clean clothes & hot showers on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. More info: stjla.org
Legal & Eviction Defense Resources
- Bet Tzedek Legal Services - bettzedek.org - (323) 939 - 0506
- Coalition for Economic Survival - cesinaction.org - (213) 252 - 4411
- Housing Rights Center of Los Angeles - housingrightscenter.org - (800) 477- 5977
- Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles - lafla.org - (800) 399 - 4529
- Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County - nlsla.org - (800) 433 - 6251
- HCID LA - hcidla.lacity.org - (866) 557-7368 (file an eviction complaint with the City)
Renter's Rights and Resources Town Hall: April 8, 2020
Thank you to everyone who joined us. Feel free to reach out to the speakers who joined us for specific questions you don't see answered here.
Follow this link to download the full conference recording of the Renters Rights Town Hall- April 8, 2020.