LOS ANGELES, CA – At the direction of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, the Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved the appropriation of $65.2 million to implement the second supplemental spending plan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to assist Los Angeles County residents and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, the Board of Supervisors approved an amendment to the motion to focus funding specifically for restaurants, breweries and wineries that were significantly impacted as a result of the recent issuance of the County Health Officer Order which prohibits outdoor dining given the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases:
“The COVID-19 crisis paints a stark portrait of inequity that comes after years of long-term neglect in our communities of color that can no longer be denied or minimized,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “Funding from the CARES Act provides us an opportunity to address the COVID-19 public health emergency through an equity lens, allowing us to prioritize communities that have been underserved and underinvested for far too long. This second supplemental spending plan primarily increases existing programming, which will meet the needs of our working families, seniors, and small businesses, and is amended to focus on restaurants, breweries and wineries. It is my hope that these allocations will let them know that they are not alone or forgotten.”
On July 21, 2020, the Board of Supervisors approved a spending plan for its allocation of the CARES Act CRF from the federal government, totaling $1.220 billion for COVID-19 related expenditures. On September 15, 2020, the Board of Supervisors approved a supplemental spending plan totaling $129.7 million, which supplemented the original CRF allocations and programs identified in the July 21 spending plan. This Board action allocates $65.2 million to further support the objectives of the earlier spending plans by providing additional funding for food and nutrition programs, childcare programs, and provide digital support to individuals and communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Additionally, these funds will provide financial and other support for residents, nonprofit organizations and small business; specifically restaurants, breweries and wineries who have been especially hit hard by the recent County Health Officer Orders.
The motion allocates the following:
- $30.1 million to further support our families and seniors hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the economic fallout that has followed by expanding rental assistance, food programs, childcare vouchers, and bridging the digital divide;
- $25 million for additional support of small businesses, childcare providers, and non-profit organizations that have been impacted due to County’s Health Officer Orders that are more stringent than the state requirements; and
- $10.1 million to continue to fund public health services to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Approval of the second CARES Act CRF supplemental spending plan further assists Los Angeles County in spending its entire CARES Act CRF allocation by the federally mandated spending deadline of December 30, 2020.
CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov