LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board voted in favor of her motion for Los Angeles County to join in the State of California’s Rental Assistance Program.

“Over the course of the pandemic, we have seen systemic issues like homelessness become exacerbated as residents are faced with job insecurity, loss of income, food insecurity, and more. As a result, we have a record number of residents who need financial assistance more than ever in order to remain safely housed.

By centralizing LA County’s rental assistance efforts under one statewide program, we can eliminate barriers that are keeping residents from successfully applying or reaching out for support. A partnership with the State ensures that tenants applying for rent relief are able to do so under one entity, therefore maximizing efficiencies and assistance to tenants in financial need and minimizing confusion across varying County and state programs.

As LA County embarks on its path to recovery, it is of paramount importance to ensure that our most vulnerable residents have easy access to information on critical resources like rental assistance, so no one gets left behind.”

The passage of this motion authorizes the Chair to adopt a resolution authorizing the County to allocate its share of Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Funds to the State, for administration and distribution of rental assistance to tenants in Los Angeles County. In addition, it approves an appropriation adjustment that reflects an increase of $160,151,000 in appropriation in the Affordable Housing budget to be administered by the State within the County’s jurisdiction and provide the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) with funding for administration of the State Rental Assistance Program. The motion also authorizes the Chief Executive Officer to receive from the State an advance of administration costs and execute an agreement, and any necessary amendments with LACDA, among other logistical directives to ensure a successful collaboration between the County and State for this program.

To read the full motion, click here.