CD13 Small Business Grant Program

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell has allocated $1 million of discretionary funding to kickstart a grant program to assist small businesses in the 13th District during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. This specific funding historically would have been utilized for other purposes such as public infrastructure projects.

The “Emergency Small Business Grant Program” will assist businesses in the 13th District that have at least three and up to 26 employees. The program will be administered in partnership with EWDD.

**Applications will be accepted starting August 13 at 8 AM, and ending Monday, August 17, at 11:59PM (online). The application can be found here –***

The City’s Economic and Workforce Development Department is the program manager and has the following requirements from applicants:

  • Must have an established business in the 13th District
  • Must have “active” status with CA Secretary of State
  • Must provide documents in the application (current BTRC, W-9, etc.) 
  • Must have at least three and up to 26 employees
    Economically affected by COVID-19

**Acelera Financial is providing technical assistance starting – August 6 – to answer questions about the application process. For more information, contact Acelera by email: email hidden; JavaScript is required or call (213) 410-5099


Mayor’s COVID-19 Updates — July 13

Click here to watch the July 13, 2020 update from Mayor Garcetti. You can watch all of the Mayor’s briefings here.

Below are the latest updates from Mayor Garcetti:

DATA (numbers as of 7/13)

  • LA County  — 2.593 new confirmed cases, 13,129 total; 1% increase from 7/12
  • 13 new deaths — Total deaths: 3,822; .3%% increase from 4/12
  • LA City — 964 new cases, 56,599 total; 1.7% increase 4/12

Temporarily Closed

  • Indoor Gyms
  • Fitness Centers
  • Places of Worship
  • Malls
  • Hair Salons
  • Barber Shops
  • Nail Salons
  • Tattoo Parlors
  • Massage Therapy 

Emergency Renters Assistance Program (ERAS)
The application window for this assistance is Monday, July 13th – Friday, July 17th. 

Please note that while only tenants may apply for the subsidy, the payment will go directly to the landlord, who will have to agree to City terms to accept the payment. 

The basic eligibility requirements for tenants are:

  • They live in a multi-family unit that is located in the City of LA
  • They can provide proof of tenancy
  • They earned at or below 80% of Area Median Income prior to March 13, 2020
  • They can provide documentation that they have suffered a loss or reduction of income due to COVID-19 after March 13, 2020″

For more information or to apply go to: or call 844-944-1868 between 8am-10pm

L.A. Al Fresco 
The L.A. Al Fresco supports outdoor dining opportunities for restaurants hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. The City is offering streamlined in the following areas:

  • Street Parking Spaces (Parklets)
  • Lane Closures
  • Street Closures

Summer Night Lights 2020
Summer Night Lights is offering virtual programming, meals, dry goods, and activity bundles at select sites from July 6, 2020- August 14, 2020. Each week they will have different dates and sites and up to 100 slots at each site to participate in special events. More information here.

Hire LA’s Youth Program
The Hire LA’s Youth Program of the City of Los Angeles is now accepting applications for jobs this summer! If you are between the ages of 14 and 24 and live in the City of Los Angeles, you may be eligible to apply.  Hire LA’s Youth Program provides job opportunities both in person and online to young adults in a variety of industries. Sign up here.
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City of Los Angeles Emergency Renters Assistance Program Zoom Informational Sessions

Below are a couple of dates this week where Angie Aramayo, Central Area Representative from the Mayor’s Office, will walk interested individuals through the City of Los Angeles Emergency Renters Assistance Program and answer questions

English Info Session
Time: Jul 15, 2020 05:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 790 6877 4503
Passcode: 27A3Qz

Spanish Info Session
Time: Jul 16, 2020 09:00 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 738 5224 3998
Passcode: 6ciexh

English and Spanish Info Session
Time: Jul 17, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 734 5082 6813
Passcode: yC8XXf


City of LA’s Emergency Rent Subsidy Program

From the City of Los Angeles…

LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the City’s Housing + Community Investment Department announced the launch of an Emergency Rent Subsidy Program that is geared toward helping tenants pay their rent while the Safer at Home orders are in place.

The City Council approved the allocation of $100M of CARES Act funding to be placed in the City’s COVID-19 emergency program. This program has been set up to assist those struggling to make ends meet. 

**Applications will be accepted starting July 13 at 8 AM, and ending Friday, July 17, at 11:59PM (online). 

“Pulling together at every level of government as never before is required to keep people housed and businesses open during this unprecedented time,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. “Much more is needed but this $100M rent subsidy program is a great start. Allocating this funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will help stabilize thousands of families in Los Angeles. Previously, I allocated an additional $1 million for distressed renters in my district. The recovery will be hard enough without people having to worry about how to stay housed and put food on the table while meeting their financial obligations.” 

The City’s Housing + Community Investment Department is the program manager and has the following requirements from applicants:

  • Must live in the City of Los Angeles
  • Must provide proof of tenancy (lease documents)
  • Must meet income limits 
  • Economically affected by COVID-19.

Interested residents can apply online from July 13, starting at 8 AM and ending Friday, July 17, 11:59 PM (online). Please visit for more information, or call 844-944-1868, TTY: 844-325-1398 (speech or hearing impaired).


2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Results

On Friday, June 12, 2020, The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) “released the results of the 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, which showed 66,433 people in Los Angeles County experiencing homelessness, Friday. This represents a 12.7% rise from last year’s point-in-time count. The city of Los Angeles saw a 14.2% rise to 41,290.”

More Details:

Presentation from LAHSA:


Updates from Supervisor Kuehl — June 2020

From Supervisor Kuehl’s office, please find an update regarding COVID-19 from LA County’s Department of Public Health, Recent Motions from the Supervisor, and information regarding the 2020 Homelessness Count.


East Hollywood Light Walks

Courtesy of the Museum of Neon Art, go on “a neon illuminated journey in East Hollywood where you’ll explore both contemporary and historic neon signs.”