Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement after the Board of Supervisors voted to extend the County’s eviction moratorium:
“As businesses shuttered in adherence to our County Safer at Home Order, families already on the edge of economic hardship before the pandemic were on the brink of homelessness after losing their steady income. The COVID-19 crisis has driven unemployment rates to historic levels, forcing many families to choose whether to pay rent, buy medicine, or put food on the table. My resolve is as strong as ever to help individuals and families who desperately need relief from this global pandemic.
“With today’s Board vote, LA County will extend its eviction moratorium beyond June 30, 2020 to July 31, 2020. With this extension, we assure renters they cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent if the nonpayment was related to financial impacts due to COVID-19. This necessary action has ensured that rent-burdened households will not be thrown out onto the street because of layoffs, loss of wages, or other reasons. LA County’s eviction moratorium has served as a safety net for many families who were teetering on homelessness.
“Every day, 227 people become homeless while we are only able to place 207 individuals who lack shelter into housing, on average. Two-thirds of the unsheltered adults experiencing homelessness were homeless for the first time last year, and 59 percent of them cited economic hardship as the cause.
“Without the County’s intervention during this crisis, the number of people losing their homes due to evictions would have likely spiked. The actions taken today will protect our most vulnerable, rent-burdened households who are already on the edge of homelessness.”
Supervisor Solis first introduced her Board motion calling for a Countywide eviction moratorium in March.
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