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 to support unhoused individuals in filing taxes and collecting stimulus payments.
“People experiencing homelessness face unique challenges resulting from a lack of stable housing making many processes like filing taxes and collecting stimulus payments inaccessible for many as they lack the proper documentation or support services to obtain these resources.
As such, the County is committed to ensuring residents experiencing homelessness have access to the services they need to obtain the benefits they deserve including funding from the federal and state stimulus checks and tax credits.
These funds can go a long way in helping our most vulnerable residents as they work to get back into stable housing and assist with fulfilling basic needs like food and clothing.
By taking a holistic approach that encompasses training, funding, case management and more, the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program can help County residents experiencing homelessness get connected to critical funds and services that can support their path to recovery and stability.”
The passage of this motion directs the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) Center for Financial Empowerment (CFE) in collaboration with the Chief Executive Office (CEO), Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), Department of Human Resources (DHR), County Counsel, and relevant stakeholders to report back in 60 days with a plan to develop VITA partnerships with homeless service providers to increase tax filings for unhoused and formerly unhoused individuals, prioritizing meeting the deadline to receive federal and state stimulus checks. The motion also calls for the leveraging of case management services, training for homeless services staff and other logistical directives in the plan.
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