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

Assistance for Renters: Beginning Tuesday, March 30th

 Rhe second iteration of the City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Subsidy (ERAS) will open on Tuesday, March 30th.

Application Information

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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. 

Red Tier Reopenings, Vaccination Eligibility Expansion and Small Business Stabilization Loan Program

Red Tier Reopenings

red tier reopening list

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

vaccine 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

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.

Incident Report

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

Vaccine Eligibility: Child Care and Education Sector


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.

Access our our NEW Social Media Toolkit here!

Additional Information

The County of Los Angeles appreciates your continued partnership in responding to COVID-19 questions and needs of residents. For additional information, please visit:

March 8 – “Let’s Chat About the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 and DACA/ Hablemos sobre la propuesta de Ley de Ciudadanía de los EE. UU. de 2021 y DACA”

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.

This webinar will be in English and Spanish, and is open to all. To register and submit your questions to speakers, click clarkhill.zoom.us/webinar/register

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.

Vaccines for eligible residents and stakeholders in CD13

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.

February 2021 Central Area Updates from the Mayor’s Office

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. 

Round 2 of CA Small Business Grant Relief Program

Round 2 of the CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program applications opened today at 8:00 AM. This is a program offered by the State of California, and not by the City of Los Angeles.

Businesses and eligible non-profit organizations may qualify for grants between $5,000-$25,000 based on their eligible annual revenue.

The application period will close on Monday, February 8 at 6:00 PM. Selection notifications will be sent out from February 11- February 18.

For more information to share with interested applicants, please visit: careliefgrant.com

Supervisor Telephone Town Hall Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine and Resources

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 4th Annual CHLA LEAH Conference

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.