Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement after the Board of Supervisors voted to extend the County’s eviction moratorium through Oct. 31, 2020 and extend it for all cities throughout LA County:


“The COVID-19 pandemic has driven unemployment rates to historic levels, forcing many families to unfairly choose between paying rent or putting food on the table. My commitment is as strong as ever to help individuals and families who desperately need economic relief due to this crisis.


“That is why I have put forth a motion to not only extend our eviction moratorium through Oct. 31, 2020, but also to strengthen tenant protections in every city in LA County. With today’s Board vote, LA County will ensure that those who are already housed can stay housed. LA County’s eviction moratorium has served as a safety net for many vulnerable families, and I will continue to champion the County’s eviction moratorium as long as necessary to help our communities weather this pandemic.


“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 increased. The actions taken today will protect our most vulnerable, rent-burdened households who are already on the brink of homelessness.”


Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Communications Director, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov