LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved a $65.2 million supplemental spending plan for the remaining unallocated federal CARES Act funding:

“The COVID-19 crisis paints a stark portrait of inequity that comes after years of long-term neglect in our communities of color that can no longer be denied or minimized.

Funding from the CARES Act provides us an opportunity to address the COVID-19 pandemic through an equity lens, allowing us to prioritize communities that have been underserved and underinvested for far too long.

This allocation of CARES Act funding primarily increases existing programming, which will further enhance equity in the distribution of our resources. I am pleased to see many of the allocations I advocated for in today’s plan, including:

  • $30.1 million to further support our families and seniors hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the economic fallout that has followed by expanding rental assistance, food programs, childcare vouchers, and bridging the digital divide;
  • $25 million for additional support of small businesses, childcare providers, and non-profits that have been impacted due to County’s Health Officer Orders that are more stringent than the state requirements; and
  • $10.1 million to continue to fund public health services to prevent infection of COVID-19.

This spending plan supplements the funding approved in July and September to further meet the needs of our working families, seniors, and small businesses who continue to struggle in this crisis.

It is my hope that these allocations will let them know that they are not alone or forgotten.”

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