Enhancing the Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program and Providing Flexibility to Tenants at Chair Hilda L. Solis’ Direction

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Board of Supervisors today approved a motion authored by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, and co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn, enhancing the County’s Rent Relief Program and providing flexibility to tenants.

“I am proud of the County’s efforts to assist struggling tenants through our Rent Relief Program,” said Chair Solis. “However, more flexibility in the program is needed to assist households that qualify for relief but have not been able to receive rental assistance for various reasons. Since the program launched, many constituents have reached out to my office pleading for help as landlords refuse to receive direct payments from the Los Angeles County Development Authority, locking renters out of the program. In other cases, out of desperation, tenants have chosen to pay rent by taking out loans from predatory lenders or using credit cards despite them being eligible for rental assistance. This motion seeks to meet the needs of renters to help them survive these unprecedent times.”

“We are making our rent relief program more flexible and effective so that we can get help to renters quickly,” said Supervisor Hahn. “The most recent COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress includes $25 billion in rental assistance. We are making sure we are in the best position possible to deploy this assistance to renters as quickly as we can.”

The Board has authorized a total of up to $110 million to the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) from the County’s allocation of Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to administer the County’s Rent Relief Program and meet the needs of income-eligible households who have been unable to pay rent due to economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020.

Recently, Congressional leaders have reached a deal on an emergency COVID-19 relief bill that includes $25 billion in emergency rental assistance and an extension of CARES CRF through December 31, 2021 (Relief Bill). Outgoing President Donald Trump signed the bill on December 27, 2020.

The passage of today’s motion authorizes the LACDA to extend the Rent Relief Program through December 31, 2021, in alignment with the Relief Bill.

The motion also directs the LACDA to make any necessary program changes to the Rent Relief Program to ensure maximum programmatic flexibility and appropriate controls to stabilize eligible tenant households in need.

To view the motion, click here.

CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov

2021-01-05T12:57:01-08:00January 5th, 2021|Affordable Housing and Homelessness, COVID-19, In the news, Press Release|