LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved her motion on having the State of California administer the County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program Funds through the State’s Rental Assistance Program:

“Los Angeles County’s temporary tenant emergency protections have served as a safety net for both residential and commercial renters of the same communities that have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why we must continue to provide protections for those who are struggling to pay rent and on the verge of falling into homelessness,” shared Chair Solis. “I am thankful to Governor Newsom and his administration on rolling out a successful program which has been very effective in distributing critical rental assistance to our most vulnerable in the County. However, it is disheartening to still see very low participation of tenants and landlords in hard-hit communities like East LA, Southeast LA, and parts in the San Gabriel Valley, which indicates that more work needs to be done to increase participation. With over 66,000 unhoused residents, tackling our housing and homelessness crisis remains the County’s number one priority. If you’re in need of rental assistance, I urge you to visit stayhousedla.org or call 1-888-694-0040 as soon as possible. This pandemic has not affected everyone equally and to that end, I am focused on meeting the needs of our community to stabilize households and mitigate the detrimental effects of disruptive displacements across the County.”

The State has been successful in distributing rental assistance to County residents. As of October 23, 2021, the State has distributed $308,152,988 and assisted 25,937 households. Additionally, the State has continued to take applications and does not have an end date for the program at this time.

The motion approved today directs the County’s Chief Executive Officer to return the County’s allocation of Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds in the amount of $84,721,743.72, including any interest earned, if required, to the Treasury and notify the Treasury of the Board’s intent to have the State of California administer the Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds on behalf of the County within the County boundaries.

To view the full motion, click here.