LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion authored by Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, to provide additional appropriation to spend down the remaining Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Coronavirus Relief Fund (CARES CRF) and ramp down the remaining funding for programs until funding from the American Rescue Plan is received later this month.
On April 9, 2021, Los Angeles County’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) submitted a report to the Board on the status of CARES CRF spending. In the report, the CEO identified $102.1 million in savings due to shift eligible costs to other funding sources, such as FEMA. Based on current needs, the CEO recommended repurposing the $102.1 million savings as supplemental or bridge funding for other critical programs and to pay for the costs incurred as part of the County’s pandemic response.
These recommendations included: 1) providing an additional $71.0 million to cover Disaster Service Workers and other expenses and costs incurred by the County to combat the pandemic; 2) allocating an additional $23.0 million to allow the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) to provide relief to the remaining applicants in the County’s Rent Relief Program and close out the program, as the State has launched its complementary rent relief program supporting County residents; 3) providing an additional $1.0 million to supplement funding for the LA Regional Foodbank to continue the program through June of 2021 until ARP funding is available; 4) providing $1.5 million for the CEO and Auditor Controller to ensure compliance with stringent federal auditing requirements; and 5) providing $5.6 million in bridge funding to address programming needs until the American Rescue Plan funding is received.
“The CARES Act allocation from Congress provided us with an opportunity to address the COVID-19 pandemic through an equity lens, ensuring we target and prioritize communities that have historically been underinvested and underserved,” said Chair Solis. “From addressing food insecurity to providing rent relief, I am proud of the work that County departments and agencies led to meet the needs of our most vulnerable families. As we await the funding allocation from the American Rescue Plan, my hope is that our residents understand that the County is here to help – we are your safety net and committed to advocating for our most disadvantaged. While the CARES Act provided much needed resources to navigate the pandemic, the American Rescue Plan will help us provide resources on LA County’s road to recovery, so that every resident, family and business has the opportunity to build back better.”
The passage of this motion adopts the CEO’s recommended CARES Act CRF reallocations as specified in the April 9, 2021 report to the Board.
To view the full motion, click here.
Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov
Stephany Villaseñor, Communications Deputy, (213) 308-9017 or SVillasenor@bos.lacounty.gov