Rhe second iteration of the City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Subsidy (ERAS) will open on Tuesday, March 30th.
Administered by the Housing & Community Investment Department (HCID), ERAP provides federal and state emergency rental assistance funds to assist low-income renters who have been unable to pay their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both landlords and low-income renters living in the City of Los Angeles may apply, regardless of immigration status.
From 8 am next Tuesday, March 30 through 11:59 pm on April 30, 2021, applications will be available in multiple languages at hcidla.lacity.org. There will also be phone support available in multiple languages, and TTY for persons with hearing or speech impairments. Please go to hcidla.lacity.org for more information.
To be eligible, renters must be :
Residents of the City of Los Angeles, regardless of immigration status. To verify that an address is in the City of Los Angeles go to neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org;
One or more adults within the household must have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship dues, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak; and
The household income must be at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI), with priority given to households with incomes below 30% AMI. You can find information on 30% and 50% AMI incomes below.**
Attached is a flyer in English, Spanish, and Korean that summarizes the program.
In a major milestone, Los Angeles County has met the State’s threshold to reopen key sectors and starting TODAY will permit a wide range of indoor operations to resume in sectors including: middle and high schools; restaurants; movie theaters; gyms; and museums, zoos and aquariums, all with safeguards in place.
In alignment with the State’s reopening framework, mandatory masking, distancing and infection control practices remain in place for every business and permitted activity, and certain sectors have additional safety modifications required or recommended.
The County’s Health Officer Orders and sector protocols have been updated to reflect the changes.
This shift to less restrictions shows that efforts by residents to slow the spread of COVID-19 is working. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is urging people to continue taking infection control precautions to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in our communities.
People should continue to wear face coverings when in public, continue practicing physical distancing and avoiding crowds and large gatherings. Fully vaccinated people should also continue with these practices, with some exceptions, including the ability to visit with other fully vaccinated people, indoors, without masks, per new guidance.
Head over to our social media toolkit to find creative ways to share this important information with your community!
Vaccination Eligibility Expansion
Today, March 15th, people aged 16-64 who have underlying health conditions or disabilities are now eligible to receive vaccines, as their conditions put them at the highest risk of becoming very sick from COVID-19.
Persons who are newly eligible and qualify for a COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical condition should note that during registration for a vaccine appointment, they will be asked to state that they have a high-risk medical condition or disability.
To protect confidentially, they will not be asked to disclose the specific condition.
People getting vaccinated must provide documentation at all appointments with either a letter from a healthcare provider, a personal physician or an agency providing services or, if not available, the eligible person or their caretaker will be asked to sign an attestation.
All eligible persons will also need to provide identification (government ID not required) and proof that they live within LA County at their appointment.
For information about vaccine appointments in L.A. County and when your turn is coming up, to sign up for a vaccination newsletter, and much more, visit: VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish). Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.
Small Business Stabilization Loan Program
The Los Angeles County Development Authority has launched an affordable and flexible business loan program to support and help stabilize businesses in the region. Small Business Stabilization Loans range from $50,000 to $3 million, and can be used for working capital, equipment purchases, inventory, or refinancing of existing loans at higher interest rates.
The Small Business Stabilization Loan Program will accept applications through April 16, 2021, or until $20 million in funding requests is received, whichever occurs first.
The Program pairs the loan with technical assistance from partners that offer complementary online webinars, one-on-one financial consultations, application assistance, and an evaluation of a business’ readiness to submit an LACDA loan application. The final “How to apply for an LACDA loan” webinar, a pre-requisite for submitting a Small Business Stabilization Loan application, will be held on March 25, 2021, in English and Spanish.
To register for a webinar, or obtain more information on the requirements to apply for the Small Business Stabilization Loan Program, please visit BizStabilization.lacda.org, or call (626) 586-1550.
Today’s Incident Report is in the process of being finalized and will be posted on the Incident Report section of the County’s COVID-19 site when complete. Please note, that the reports are posted by date and can be accessed at covid19.lacounty.gov/incident-updates/.
COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide & Toolkit
Find shareable still graphics, animated graphics, and videos in our Social Media Toolkit. This toolkit is regularly updated & FREE to use!
Help us keep you and your community safe and informed during the COVID-19 health crisis by offering: 1) public safety alerts, 2) health guidance, and 3) resources to economic recovery in custom translated, shareable text, graphics and animations.
On behalf of the Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, in collaboration with Clark Hill and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), we would like to invite you to “Let’s Chat About the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 and DACA” webinar on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 6pm. You will learn about the latest immigration changes under President Biden. We will discuss the U.S. Citizenship Act, Executive Orders, and DACA. Panelists will also share information on how to protect yourself from immigration fraud and obtain free legal services among other services for immigrants.
La Oficina de Asuntos Migratorios del Alcalde Eric Garcetti, en colaboración con Clark Hill y la Coalición Pro Derechos Humanos del inmigrante (CHIRLA), lo invita a “Hablemos sobre la propuesta de Ley de Ciudadanía de los EE. UU. de 2021 y DACA” este Lunes 8 de marzo de 2021 a las 6 pm. Aprenderá sobre los últimos cambios de inmigración bajo la presidencia de Biden. Entraremos en detalles sobre las propuestas de inmigración, las órdenes ejecutivas y DACA. Además, le informaremos sobre cómo protegerse del fraude de inmigración y obtener servicios legales gratuitos entre otros servicios para inmigrantes.
Este seminario web será en español y inglés, y está abierto a todos. Para registrarse y enviar sus preguntas a los presentadores, haga clic en clarkhill.zoom.us/webinar/register.
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell is organizing a vaccination clinic to provide BOTH DOSES of the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible residents and stakeholders of Council District 13. At this time, eligible CD13 residents and stakeholders include seniors aged 65 and older, food and agriculture workers, emergency services workers, and education and childcare workers.
For you and/or those in your community who are interested in being vaccinated, please fill out the Interest Form linked below. Completing the Interest Form does not immediately guarantee a vaccine, but will be used to determine eligibility in this program. Once a resident is deemed eligible, they will be contacted by one of our volunteers with additional information.
The vaccination Interest Form (English/Spanish) can be found HERE.
If you do not live in CD13, but work in the district and interact with those who do live in CD13, you are still eligible if you meet the current criteria outlined by the County. Please click here to see the current eligibility tiers for the vaccine.
If you have any questions about the CD13 COVID-19 vaccination program, or for information on other resources available to help those impacted by COVID-19, please call 213-207-3015 or visit http://CD13.com.
City Postpones Friday Vaccination Appointments Due to Delivery Delays
Mayor Garcetti announced that Friday vaccination appointments at City sites will be postponed due to delivery delays caused by severe winter storms across the country. Once the City confirms the arrival of a new shipment of doses in the days ahead, all patients who missed their appointment will be prioritized and receive a notification with details for their new automatically rescheduled appointment.
This announcement only affects the City of Los Angeles’ large scale vaccination sites. Vaccinations from the City’s mobile clinics will continue as planned. The Mayor and his team will continue to monitor the situation, and officials will determine the status of Saturday’s vaccination appointments as soon as possible.
Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity (MOVE) Program
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of the Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity (MOVE) program, which is an effort to scale up mobile vaccinations in some of the most vulnerable parts of Los Angeles. This groundbreaking program builds on a pilot initiative that’s already administered more than 4,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses in high risk profile areas measured by L.A. County COVID-19 Medical Vulnerability Indicators. Each mobile clinic has the capacity to vaccinate 200 people per day, with the capacity for greater potential as more supplies arrive.
Increasing Vaccination Accessibility
Beyond the MOVE program, the City is working to increase vaccination accessibility to people of all abilities. The Mayor announced the opening of a new express lane at the Dodger Stadium site for customers of Access Services –– the agency that provides transportation for Angelenos with disabilities. The new lane will open on Monday, February 22nd; pending availability of vaccines, beginning thisSunday night, eligible Access riders can book their appointment and a round-trip ride by calling (626) 532-1616. Select your preferred language, and press option 2 to make a reservation. Reservations can be made daily between 8 AM and 5 PM.
No Appointments Needed for COVID-19 Testing
Appointments are no longer required in order to get a COVID-19 test at a city-run site. COVID-19 testing will be available without appointments during Monday through Saturday from 8 AM to 3 PM. You will need to register your information while waiting in line, or you can still register for a test ahead of time, but it is no longer necessary. To find a testing location, visit coronavirus.lacity.org/testing.
Mayor Garcetti Announces Expansion of Paid Leave Policy
Mayor Eric Garcetti has updated his emergency order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by extending paid leave benefits to more workers exposed to COVID-19, assisting elderly family members, or caring for relatives who may be infected with the virus. The updated supplemental paid leave order now covers Angelenos who have worked at least 60 days at large businesses and nonprofits with more than 500 employees in the city or more than 2,000 employees nationwide.
Metro FY22 Budget Survey
Metro is striving to develop their FY22 budget in an equitable, transparent, and comprehensive process using input from you. To help shape Metro’s FY22 budget by telling them what’s important to you, fill out the survey here.
Free Healthy Eating Lifestyle Program for Kids
Dignity Health will be hosting a Healthy Eating Lifestyle Program (HELP) which will guide overweight or obese children to adopt healthier eating and physical activity habits. With COVID-19, kids are not being as physically active as before and possibly overeating due to stress, so HELP will facilitate a 1 hour program including physical activities for kids and a free book with handouts for a healthier lifestyle. If you are interested in this program, please see the flyer attached.
USC Annenberg Youth Academy + Annenberg High School Day
The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is offering a program called the USC Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement, which is a free 3 week summer program available to 9th – 11th graders. Students who are accepted to AYA have the opportunity to learn alongside other passionate high school students.
USC will also host an event called Annenberg Highschool Day (AHSD). AHSD is a one-day, FREE workshop that aims to bring together local high school youth from throughout Southern California. At AHSD, students will receive hands-on, immersive training in journalism, communication, media, and public relations. The program will take place on Saturday, February 20, from 10 am-2 pm via Zoom webinar.
Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell will be hosting a telephone town hall this Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 PM to answer questions related to COVID-19 with LA County Health Officer, Dr. Muntu Davis. Translation will be available in both Spanish and Korean. Please feel free to share this event with your network and we look forward to your participation.
WHO: Hosted by Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell
WHERE: RSVP here to receive a call to join the Town Hall discussion.
WHEN: 7:00 PM PT on Wednesday, January 27. Be sure to RSVP by 4:00 PM PT on Wednesday, January 27 to guarantee you receive a call.
The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine is excited to announce it’s 4th annual LEAH Conference, “Body Positivity and Adolescents: Considering historical and structural influences, cultural diversity, and holistic approaches in eating and weight-related concerns.” It will be a virtual conference on Monday, April 19, 2021.
This conference is designed for those who work with adolescents and young adults who have weight and/or eating related concerns.The program’s aim is to increase attendees’ awareness of complex intersections that impact youth’s engagement in health-promoting behaviors, and to increase competency in providing effective, culturally-responsive care.
It is intended for registered dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners, primary and subspecialty care physicians, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists, community leaders, health educators, community healthcare workers, and other interdisciplinary providers.
Full program and registration information coming soon.
General Vaccine Information The vaccine will be given in 2 doses and it is safe, effective, and free. This means that no one will have to pay for the vaccine.
To book an appointment you must be in an eligible group, in accordance with County eligibility requirements. Upon arrival to any City vaccination sites, you will be required to verify your eligibility to receive a vaccine. Currently only healthcare workers and persons age 65 and over are eligible for appointments at City Sites. If you have further questions regarding the vaccine, visit our vaccine FAQ.
Who will get the Vaccine and When? The Vaccine Distribution page describes the phases and tiers of vaccination, with more information about how these phases may roll out. Green circles show groups of people who have been, or are being, offered vaccines. Red circles show groups who are waiting to be offered vaccines. These phases and tiers were determined by phases of prioritization developed by the CDC, and guidance developed by the California Department of Public Health. We are currently only administering vaccines in Phase 1A and for people aged 65 and older.
Making an Appointment Once you become eligible for the vaccine, you can make an appointment at city-run sites at Coronavirus.lacity.org/vaccine. To access appointments at sites across Los Angeles County, please visit VaccinateLACounty.com where you can find an online hub for all of the vaccination sites countywide. If you or someone you know does not have internet access, call the County Call Center at 1-833-540-0473 between 8 AM – 8:30 PM for assistance making an appointment.
VaxFacts Newsletter To get updates from the Mayor about the City’s vaccination efforts, visit Corona-virus.la/VaxFacts and sign up for the “VaxFacts” newsletter. VaxFacts will only focus on vaccine distribution in Los Angeles.
Working/Volunteering for CORE CORE is an organization that has been integral to the vaccination efforts. CORE is looking to fill both clinical and non-clinical positions to staff Dodger Stadium, their mobile teams, and support walk-up sites across Los Angeles. If you are able to volunteer or looking for meaningful work, apply for a paid or volunteer position by going to CoreResponse.org/get-involved.
“Reaching Los Angeles City Immigrants: Response and Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic” Webinar
The Los Angeles Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. The webinar will feature LA City leaders to highlight resources, programs, and educational tools that practitioners, advocates, and community leaders can access to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic on our immigrant populations.
Thursday, January 28, 2021 12:30 p.m. Register Here
The Department would like to hear from service providers on how we can better reach immigrant communities, so that we can help to advance racial, health, and economic equity in our City. Please submit your questions and feedback in advance of the event HERE.
Data Literacy Program
DONE is hosting an online Data Literacy Program that aims to share data related resources for Neighborhood Councils and provide training to community members on mapping and data-related tools. Knowing how to use data to understand what’s happening and figuring out solutions are actions that are impactful to address real issues.
Two different types of learning paths are available and designed according to participants’ computer skills and knowledge of data related concepts. Data 101 will be for any Neighborhood Council member and Data 201 will be for Data Liaisons. More information regarding the Data Literacy Program can be found in the flyer attached.
You are invited to attend the training on January 28th, 2021from 6pm to 7pm.
Recently, Mayor Garcetti wrote a letter of support in favor of AB 15.
AB 15, the Tenant Stabilization Act of 2021, would extend the moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 until December 31, 2021. This bill aims to protect rent-burdened tenants from eviction and other financial struggles and prevent millions of Californians from becoming homeless. To read the letter of support for AB 15, please see the letter attached.
Project Innovation – Grant Opportunity for Non-Profits
Annual Project Innovation / Proyecto Innovation is a competitive grant challenge made possible by Telemundo 52 and NBC4, in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation to help sustain nonprofits through these difficult times.
Charitable groups that help move commuties forward by encouraging a culture of equity and inclusion, creating opportunities for volunteering in community engagement, and providing youth with tools they need to succeed are encouraged to apply and compete for $315,000 in funding from now through February 12. This grant funding will be awarded to a maximum of 12 community organizations.
Grant winners will be announced in May. Interested nonprofits are also invited to join an informational webinar on January 27 at 10 – 11 a.m. PST to learn more about the application process. Click here to register and for more information, please see the attached flyer.