Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors passed her motion directing County Departments to prepare a report back with measures aimed at strengthening the County’s eviction moratorium:

“On March 19, 2020, the County issued an Executive Order placing a temporary moratorium on evictions in unincorporated areas. Under this moratorium, we assured renters that they would not be evicted for nonpayment of rent if the nonpayment was related to financial impacts due to COVID-19. This unprecedented action ensured that rent-burdened households would not be thrown out onto the street because of layoffs, loss of wages, or other reasons. This moratorium was a good first step, but we can do more.

“Today, I directed our County Departments to report back within seven days on recommendations to strengthen our eviction moratorium by making it applicable beyond unincorporated communities to all cities in Los Angeles County with exceptions for municipalities that have their own moratoriums in place. The report back will also include a re-examination of the criteria that must be met to demonstrate an inability to pay rent for tenants affected by COVID-19, as well as recommendations to extend the payback period for all past-due rent from 6 months to a year or beyond.

“Every day, 150 people become homeless while we are only able to place 130 individuals who lack shelter into housing, on average. Without the County’s intervention during this crisis, we could see the number of unhoused individuals in Los Angeles County skyrocket due to evictions. The actions taken today will protect our most vulnerable, rent-burdened households who are already on the brink of homelessness.”

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Director of Communications, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov or 213-359-0795