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.

Central Area Updates — January 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Information & Updates

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. 

Event Details: 

Thursday, January 28, 2021
12:30 p.m. 
Register Here

To watch The “Reaching Los Angeles City Immigrants: Response and Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic” webinar – tune into: Channel 35 https://civilandhumanrights.lacity.org
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https://youtu.be/DmiMGiOVLLI

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, 2021 from 6pm to 7pm. 

Registration is available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neighborhood-council-data-liaison-program-intro-session-on-zoom-registration-134455649467 

Mayor Eric Garcetti Supports AB 15

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.

For eligibility requirements go to either website: Telemundo52.com/proyectoinnovacion in Spanish or in English at NBCLA.com/projectinnovation

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. 

Community Update: COVID 19 Vaccine County information

LA County has opened the appointment portal for people aged 65 and older that live in LA County at some of the vaccination sites listed on their site:

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/vaccine/ Please note: some mega pod sites are still only available to healthcare workers.

For those not in LA County, the State’s website allows individuals to sign up to receive alerts for when they may be eligible to receive the COVID 19 vaccine.

https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/ or get information from their local county website: https://covid19.ca.gov/get-local-information/

California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

The State of California is issuing grants for small businesses and non-profits impacted by the pandemic, and they have extended the deadline to turn in applications to January 13th. This is the first of two rounds, so please also keep an eye out for the next round of applications. 

https://careliefgrant.com

CHIRP/LA: Affordable Housing for Seniors 55+

Laguna Senior Apartments offers 64 units (1 & 2 bedroom) of low income senior (55+) housing in the middle of the Silverlake area of Los Angeles. Close to transportation, shopping and medical facilities, Laguna also has 23 units dedicated to applicants that are homeless, at risk of homelessness and people living HIV/AIDS. Rents are restricted and all applicants must be under the income limit for their household size and must pass a credit and criminal background.

For more information or to obtain an Application, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required. Call 711 for CA Relay Services.