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Apply for Rental Assistance by April 30

LOS ANGELES – The City of Los Angeles’ Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) announced today that the City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will be accepting new applications beginning at 8:00 AM, Tuesday, March 30th, and closing at 11:59 PM, Friday, April 30, 2021.
The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the federal government and the State of California, has created a new emergency rental assistance program to assist low-income renters who have been unable to pay their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City’s 2021 ERAP is for LA renters and rental property owners and will be administered by HCIDLA. The program is providing $235,500,000 in federal and state emergency rental assistance funds to support low income households in paying rent arrears for renters  impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is open to all low income renters living in the City of Los Angeles, regardless of immigration status.
ELIGIBILITY
Households must meet the following program requirements to qualify for renters assistance in this round:
  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 directly or indirectly 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 lower incomes at or below 30% of AMI, followed by those earning less than 50%. Subject to funding availability, applications may be opened later to households earning up to 80% of AMI.

APPLYING

Option A: A cooperative approach for tenants and landlords to participate in the COVID-19 Emergency Rent Relief Program together. Program payments will be made to landlords to reimburse 80% of eligible renters’ unpaid rent accrued between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, however, the landlord must agree to waive the remaining 20% of the unpaid rent for that same period of time.

Either landlords or tenants can initiate applications. Assistance amounts will be based on the amount of back rent owed. Program funds will be paid directly to the tenant’s landlord on behalf of the tenant, provided the landlord agrees to the program terms.

Option B: Available to eligible renters after their landlords have declined to participate, payments will be limited to 25% of the unpaid rent that was accrued between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, as well as financial assistance to pay 25% of up to three months’ future rent from April – June 2021.

City of Los Angeles renters, and landlords applying on behalf of their tenants, are encouraged to apply online at the HCIDLA website at: hcidla.lacity.org beginning March 30th through April 30th, 2021.

Applicants with limited online access can call the ERAP Hotline 833-373-0587, from 8 AM to 8 PM, starting Tuesday, March 30th through April 30th. TTY will also be available for persons with hearing or speech impairments. Applications and phone support will also be available in multiple languages.

Bridge Housing structure

Bridge Housing Coming to Van Nuys

Late October 2019 Councilmember Krekorian sponsored a motion to build additional bridge housing in CD2. The site is 7700-7798 Van Nuys Boulevard, which includes part of a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power storage and maintenance yard and an adjacent parking lot owned by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

Initially they considered a different location but in consulting with the community determined that this stretch of Van Nuys Boulevard was a preferred site, which offers better access to transit opportunities. Krekorian thanked the community for working with them and supporting the project.

The site can accommodate beds for 100 individuals. It was selected in partnership with the local community, has community support, and is connected to the Van Nuys Transit Hub served by Amtrak buses and trains. The site has storage space for residents, personal hygiene and laundry facilities, supportive and community engagement services, and 24-hour security.

In combination with 85 beds at the Raymer bridge housing site, which is scheduled to open in the first part of next year, completion of the new facility would mean that CD2 will have 185 beds under the program A Bridge Home. Efforts are continuing to find additional sites to house the district’s unsheltered population.

The Van Nuys Boulevard site will be primarily funded with grant money from the State of California. Krekorian’s motion provides for funds to complete project design and purchase the tension membrane structure and modular trailers.

The goal, of course, is to move these tenants into permanent supportive housing, which in the end is the solution to our homelessness crisis.

43rd Program Year (PY) of the Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan – Fifth Year Action Plan (2017-2018)

43rd Program Year (PY) of the Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan – Fifth Year Action Plan (2017-2018)

As Los Angeles’ economy continues to surge with job growth and new businesses, we will continue to strategically deploy City resources to improve the livability and sustainability of our neighborhoods, investing in the people of our city to create a better Los Angeles. It is particularly critical that low- and moderate-income communities have access to all available economic opportunities. The budget for the consolidated plan has been developed to achieve the primary objective of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the development of urban communities of providing decent housing and suitable living environments, and to expand economic opportunity for all City residents.

The City of Los Angeles receives four entitlement grants: (1) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG); (2) HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME); (3) Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG); and (4) Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). These entitlements comprise the City’s Consolidated Plan, a comprehensive, integrated approach to planning and implementing the City’s housing, community development, and economic development needs and priorities.

The Consolidated Plan consists of more than $89.6 million in annual allocations of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME}, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The City’s 43rd Program Year (PY) 2016-17 Annual Action Plan (Action Plan) continues to make investments that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities. (Click here to continue reading)

Recap of Neighborhood Council Homelessness Liaisons Inaugural Meeting

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Recap of Neighborhood Council Homelessness Liaisons Inaugural Meeting

Over 100 Neighborhood Council leaders participated in the initial meeting of the Homelessness Liaisons at the Board of Public Works Meeting on Wednesday, November 30. Thank you so much to Rachel Brashier of Councilmember Harris-Dawson’s office, Alisa Orduna of the Mayor’s Office, and Meg Barclay, Homelessness Coordinator of the Office of the City Administrative Officer for sharing their insights and best practices of how Neighborhood Councils can address homelessness.

Many Neighborhood Council board members shared best practices and insights in how to address the homelessness crisis in their respective communities. Integrating Neighborhood Council Homelessness Liaisons and advocates into conversations addressing the City’s homelessness crisis will help provide additional services and opportunities to end homelessness one person at a time. Homelessness advocates would relay information to their respective Neighborhood Councils during the monthly board meeting for further action. Homelessness liaisons would also be encouraged to provide opportunities and forums on how to address the homelessness crisis and encourage Neighborhood Councils to collaborate and partner with non-profit organizations who provide services to the homeless population. Thank you to Board of Neighborhood Commissioner Eli Lipmen for attending the meeting.

Bassett Park Weather Shelter Now Activated

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Bassett Park Shelter Location Now Open

Los Angeles, CA (November 30, 2016) The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority announces the immediate opening of Bassett Park due to cold and wet weather conditions. Bassett Park, located at 510 Vineland Avenue, La Puente, CA 91746, will remain open until December 8th and is accepting clients in need of shelter. Warm meals and pet accommodations are provided. Doors open at 6pm or, when rain occurs, will be open for a 24 hour period. Click here and here  for more information and transportation options available.

The following Winter Shelter Programs will also be open as of December 1, 2016:
  • BELL
  • EAST SAN GABRIEL VALLEY
  • HIGHLAND PARK
  • LANCASTER
  • SANTA CLARITA
  • SKID ROW
  • SOUTH LOS ANGELES
  • SYLMAR
  • WEST LOS ANGELES

Shelters in Lancaster and Santa Clarita opened November 24. Shelters in Pacoima, Long Beach, and Pomona will open later in December.  All Winter Shelter Programs will remain open until March 1, 2017. Please check LAHSA’s Winter Shelter Program webpage for shelter locations and transportation schedule. Please check the website often for updates regarding shelter opening dates. You can also call the winter shelter hotline at 1-800-548-6047 or call 211.

Winter shelters provide shelter, warmth, food and comfort to homeless individuals during the cold and wet weather season. In addition to temporary emergency shelter, each program location provides access to supportive services and housing assistance. More than 1,400 beds will be available during the 2016-2017 Winter Shelter Program season across the City and County of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority coordinates the Winter Shelter Program in partnership with the California National Guard, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles.

For media inquiries contact Tom Waldman at 

twaldman@lahsa.org, O: 213-225-8491, C: 213-247-5726

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