Central Area Newsletter – April 2021

City Sites Open Vaccinations to Angelenos 16 and Up

Mayor Garcetti announced that the City has opened up vaccinations to Angelenos age 16 and older. LA County residents can now start making appointments for this week on the City’s online portal. This eligibility expansion comes as the City grows its vaccination infrastructure and assumes operations at the Cal State LA site.  

In addition to Cal State LA, the City will deliver Pfizer and Moderna doses across its permanent locations and mobile clinics through the MOVE program. All sites will be open from Tuesday through Saturday between 8am and 4pm. First dose appointments are available online at Coronavirus.LACity.org/VaxAppointment.Second dose patients should have received notifications with their appointment details recently by text/or email. Patients should note that the date stamped on the CDC vaccination cards received after their first dose is not an appointment confirmation. Instead, everyone should use the appointment details provided by Carbon Health.

LA County Residents Can Now Access FEMA Funeral Expense Relief

LA County residents are able apply for financial help for funeral expenses through the FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program. Individuals can apply for FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance by calling (844) 684-6333 or (800) 462-7585 (TTY) for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. There is no deadline to apply.
Individuals can call Monday through Friday, from 6 AM to 6 PM PST. Translators will be available to assist callers who do not speak English. To be eligible for funeral assistance, LA County residents must meet the following conditions established by FEMA:

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the US territories and the District of Columbia 
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19
  • The applicant must be a US citizen, non-citizen national, or a qualified non-citizen who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.

There are no residential or legal status requirements regarding the deceased person. To get more information about this program, please visit FEMA.gov

2021 Emergency Rental Assistance Application Open Until April 30

The City of Los Angeles’ Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) is now accepting applications for the City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) until 11:59 PM on April 30, 2021. The City’s 2021 ERAPis for LA renters and rental property owners, and will be administered by HCIDLA. 
ELIGIBILITYEligible tenants are those whose household income is at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI). Households must meet the following program requirements to qualify for renters assistance:             

  1. Residents of the City of Los Angeles, regardless of immigration status. 
  2. One or more adults within the household have experienced unemployment or a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. The household income is at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI). Priority will be given to households with incomes at or below 30% of AMI.

You may verify your eligibility at Emergency Renters Assistance Program (lacity.org).

2021 State of the City Live Broadcast

Join Mayor Eric Garcetti live on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 5:15 PM for the virtual 2021 State of the City! You can watch the live broadcast on Channel 35 and @MayorOfLA on Twitter and Facebook