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Emergency Renters Assistance Subsidy Program

Emergency Renters Assistance Subsidy Program

to assist Los Angeles renters who have been economically impacted by COVID-19

LOS ANGELES – The General Manager of the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA), Ann Sewill, announced today the implementation of the City of Los Angeles Emergency Renters Assistance Subsidy Program (ERAS). The application will be open for five (5) days, starting at 8 AM on July 13th, and closing at 11:59 PM on July 17, 2020.

To assist LA’s tenants and rental property owners affected by the current COVID-19 health pandemic, LA City Council President Nury Martinez, the City Council and HCIDLA, with the support of Mayor Eric Garcetti, created the Emergency Rental Assistance Subsidy Programthe largest COVID-related emergency rental assistance program in the nation. The program allocates $103,000,000 to provide a rent subsidy for low-income tenants in the City of Los Angeles who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. HCIDLA is charged with the implementation of the ERAS Program.

The subsidy is anticipated to assist an estimated 50,000 Los Angeles households. It will provide a grant of up to $1,000 per month, with a maximum grant of $2,000 per household, and will be paid directly to the tenant’s landlord on behalf of the tenant. Eligible tenants are those whose household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income.

Households must meet the program requirements to pre-qualify for renters assistance:

  • households who reside in multi family rental units in the City of Los Angeles,
  • selected applicants will be required to provide proof of tenancy,
  • total household income of all adults, 18 years of age or older, living in the home, with total annual incomes at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI)* level prior to March 13, 2020; and,
2019 Income Limits
Number of persons in household:  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Combined Income: $58,450 $66,800 $75,150 $83,500 $90,200 $96,900 $103,550 $110,250

*(Source: US Dept of Housing and Urban Development)

  • households can provide documentation that they have suffered a loss or reduction of income due to COVID-19.

It is anticipated that the number of applications for a rent subsidy will far exceed available funding, therefore all applications submitted during the application period that meet all  requirements listed above will be placed in a  random selection system  to determine which households will go forward in the application process for  the rent subsidy.

City of Los Angeles tenants may apply at the HCIDLA website at starting at 8:00 AM on Monday, July 13th, through 11:59 PM, Friday, July 17th, 2020. After the application deadline, all applications submitted by 11:59 PM July 17th will be included in the random selection process. Applicants will be updated of the status of their application including notification of a 10-day time period during which applicants should submit supporting documentation to complete the verification process.

Interested renters in the City of Los Angeles are encouraged to apply online. The application will be available online 24/7 at through 11:59 PM on July 17th. Persons with limited online access may call the Application Hotline: 844-944-1868, every day between 8 AM and 10 PM,  starting 8 AM, July 13 through 10 PM on July 17, 2020 to apply over the phone. TTY: 844-325-1398 is available for persons with  hearing or speech impairments during the same hours. The program is open to all renters, regardless of immigration status.

For more information and “Frequently Asked Questions” about the program please visit

Fireworks are illegal

Why are fireworks illegal?

Fireworks Have Consequences.

Fireworks kill on average 40 people per year. More than 3,000 people are hospitalized.
More than half of those victims are children.

There are many other reasons to avoid the personal use of fireworks, including:

• Our patriotic veterans may have bad combat-related flashbacks
• Our pets will be terrified, and many run away, often never being reunited with their families
• Older adults will be frightened and not know how to “turn the noise off”
• Babies and small children will be terrified and the noise will hurt their ears
• 1,300 homes burn as a result of fireworks (annual average)
• 300 vehicles burn as a result of fireworks (annual average)

It’s not just in Los Angeles that fireworks are illegal.

FIREWORKS: Under California Health and Safety Code Fireworks Penalties, Section 12700 states, “any person who violates any provision of the State Fireworks laws or Regulations is guilty of a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of not less than $500, but not to exceed $1,000 by imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year, or both.”

DANGEROUS FIREWORKS: Under California Health and Safety Code Fireworks Penalties, Section 12700(B) states, “a person in possession of unaltered dangerous fireworks in violation of the State Fireworks Law is punishable as a misdemeanor or a public offense with fines ranging from $500 to more than $50,000, depending on the gross weight of unaltered dangerous fireworks in possession.”

From Los Angeles Police Department:

All fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles, SEC. 57.55.01(A) Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC). It shall be unlawful for any person to use, give, possess, sell or discharge any fireworks. Fireworks are considered explosive devices, and they are extremely dangerous. Every year numerous children and adults are injured or burned as a result of playing with fireworks.

If you have questions about enforcement or other fireworks issues, you may contact the Los Angeles Police Department by calling the following number, toll free:

1-877-ASK-LAPD (1-877-275-5273)
TTY 1-877-275-5273 for the hearing impaired.

Turn in your fireworks

You may turn in your fireworks to any Los Angeles City Fire Department station without penalty.

Report fireworks

You can help. If you have a tip about illegal fireworks in your neighborhood contact or and submit your information anonymously.

Find out about the law on fireworks and create your own lawn sign:

You can also call the non-emergency number 877-ASK-LAPD (877-275-5273).

what goes up, must come down

Transit oriented communities

Transit Oriented Communities Small Business Recovery Loan Program

In recognition of the COVID-19 economic impacts to small businesses, the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) presents the Transit Oriented Communities Small Business Recovery Loan Program funded by LA Metro.

Eligible Los Angeles County small businesses located within a ¼-mile of a Major Transit Stop could receive up to $20,000 in loan funds to cover operating expenses.

EXTENDED: Loan applications can be completed directly on from June 8, 2020 at 12PM to June 19, 2020 at 5PM.

To learn about the Transit Oriented Communities Small Business Recovery Loan Program including how to determine a business’s eligibility, please visit

Loans will be made on a first come, first served basis. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the application requirements and prepare materials in advance of the opening of the application window on June 4, 2020.

Please direct any questions about the loan program to the Los Angeles County Development Authority at or (626) 943-3818.