Central Area Updates and Eviction Protection

Please find a letter that provides clarity on what the State eviction protections are vs the City of LA tenant protections.

COVID-19 Updates

Effective 9/2/20, Hair Salons and Barbershops can reopen immediately, operating at 25% occupancy for indoor services.  Employees and Customers must continue to comply with physical distancing and face covering requirements, among other L.A. County public health protocols. 

Starting 9/14/20, L.A. County schools can offer on-campus services for small, stable, cohorts of K-12 students who need learning support (e.g., students with IEPs, ESL, or specialized learning needs).  Schools must meet the criteria laid out by the County public health protocols, and keep students in cohorts of 12 or fewer students. L.A. County will NOT offer a school waiver program for elementary schools until later this Fall when additional guidance can be available.

COVID-19 Threat Level:


Mobile Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing Locations

The Los Angeles City Mobile Testing Group is bringing COVID-19 testing to communities throughout the City for people who are unable to drive to a testing site. Testing is walk up only. Appointment isn’t necessary. 

Please be sure to bring your insurance information. If you don’t have insurance, bring your Driver’s License or another form of identification. There is no cost to patients for any test, whether or not you have insurance.

Upcoming Pop-Up Testing Events: 

September 4 – CARECEN Day Labor Center, 629 S. Union Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 8am – 2pm

September 4 – Los Angeles Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 8am – 2pm

September 5 – Liberty Park, 3700 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, 9am – 3pm

September 5 – L.A. Downtown Medical Center, 1711 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 8am – 2pm

September 12 – Valley Plaza Recreation Center, 12240 Archwood St., North Hollywood, CA 91606, 8am – 2pm

September 19 – Ardmore Recreation Center (i.e., Seoul International Park), 3250 San Marino St., Los Angeles, CA 90006, 8am – 2pm

September 26 – Sepulveda Recreation Center, 8825 Kester Ave., Panorama City, CA 91402, 8am – 2pm

September 26 – Pacoima Senior Center, 11300 Glenoaks Blvd., #1622, Pacoima, CA 91331, 8am – 2pm

Cooling Centers

Cooling centers will be open from 12pm-8pm on September 4 – September 7, 2020. Patrons are encouraged to call ahead to check availability- COVID-19 social distancing requirements have resulted in reduced capacity at the sites.  All centers will operate following LA County Public Health’s Guidelines for Cooling Center Operations.

  1. Lafayette Recreation Center | 625 S Lafayette Park Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90057 | (213) 384-0562
  2. Canoga Park Senior Center |  7326 Jordan Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303   |  (818) 340-2633
  3. Lake View Terrace Recreation Center |  11075 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342  | (818) 899-8087
  4. South LA Sports Activity Center | 7020 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90003 | (323) 758-8716
  5. Normandale Recreation Center | 22400 South Halldale Ave., Torrance, CA 90501 | (310) 328-3689

Formation of the LGBTQ+ Alliance of Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils

The formation committee of the LGBTQ+ Alliance of Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils is reaching out to Neighborhood Councils to partner together, asking each NC to appoint 2 representative to the Alliance.

The Alliance works to achieve visibility, safety, equality, racial justice, and representation for Angelenos identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and all others across the gender and sexuality spectrum by serving as a bridge between LGBTQ+ stakeholders, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council system and the City of Los Angeles.

Draft Purpose Statement

Apply for the Mayor’s Youth Council 2020-21

The application for the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) 2020-21 is now available. Please go to https://www.lamayor.org/MYC to access the application and recommendation form.

The MYC is a virtual academic year program for Los Angeles high school students to promote civic engagement and inspire the next generation of civic leaders. The Youth Council empowers members to advocate for causes relevant to Angeleno youth by giving them a voice in City Hall.

Mayor’s Youth Council Eligibility Requirements

  1. Students must live in the City of Los Angeles
  2. Students must currently be enrolled in high school
  3. Students must complete sections 1 to 6 of the application
  4. Complete the MYC Application
  5. Have two recommendation forms submitted on the applicant’s behalf.

Mayor’s Youth Council Participant Expectations

  1. Students will stay informed on issues affecting youth in their area.
  2. Students will actively participate during Youth Council meetings.
  3. Students will engage their communities around current events and citywide policies.
  4. Students will only be allowed ONE excused absence. Please see program dates below.

The Mayor’s Youth Council will meet every 2nd & 4th Wednesday from October 2020 – May 2021. Dates are subject to change.

Application deadline is Wednesday September 30, 2020

Call for Volunteer Non-Lawyers to for Tenant Legal Aid

There is currently a call for volunteer non-lawyers to help with tenants seeking legal aid:

1. Open to Non-Lawyers:  Volunteers who can be trained to use an online resource to prepare answers to unlawful detainer complaints based on information obtained in real-time telephone conversations with tenants.  These persons need not be lawyers or know anything about eviction law;  they need only have computer skills, access to the internet, and be willing to be trained through online resources.  Those conversant in languages other than English will have a particularly critical role to play. CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER FOR THIS OPTION

2. Open to Non-Lawyers: Greater time-commitment than option one above. Volunteers who can work with tenants whose paperwork has been rejected by the clerk to correct the problems and get them back to us for electronic filing. CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER FOR THIS OPTION

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 – https://cd13.lacity.org/grant***

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: https://hcidla.lacity.org/ 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.

One-Stop Shop for all things employment in the City of LA: Job Openings, Resources, and Employers. 

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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 hcidla.lacity.org for more information, or call 844-944-1868, TTY: 844-325-1398 (speech or hearing impaired).