For residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles County announced a rent relief program, taking applications next week, officials said.
Los Angeles County is opening applications for county-subsidized coronavirus rent relief for eligible renters beginning Aug. 17, and lasting through Aug. 31, 2020.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to share information about a valuable resource for our residents in need,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger in a conference with the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA).
During the conference, Barger mentioned L.A. County has “allocated 100 million dollars to create a COVID-19 rent relief program operated by the Los Angeles County Development Authority to assist renters with limited means. This program will also provide relief to landlords who are struggling to pay their own bills.”
Residents of the City of Los Angeles do not qualify for L.A. County’s rent relief program, as the City has been provided with funding for separate programs for its residents.
Those in the City of Santa Clarita and surrounding unincorporated areas are eligible for the program, according to the County.
Potential recipients will be evaluated based on income and inability to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic. Income-eligible households include those who are currently at 30 percent of the median income, who can receive up to 10,000 dollars in assistance. Those who are currently at 50 percent of the median income can receive up to 7,500 dollars in assistance.
Recipients are not required to be behind on rent in order to receive rent relief, but they must have experienced income reduction related to the pandemic. People who rent a room are also eligible to apply on the condition that they can provide proof of a lease or rental agreement for the room.
Landlords of recipients must be willing to provide a W-9 form and will need to sign an agreement to consent to rent being paid for the tenant.
Specific zip codes have been prioritized to receive half of the funding L.A. County has set aside for rent relief. Prioritized zip codes in the Santa Clarita Valley include 91350, 91351, 91355, 91384, 91387 and 91390. A comprehensive list of prioritized zip codes can be found here. Renters living outside of prioritized zip codes may also submit an application for the rent relief program.
The Los Angeles County Development Authority hosted a Facebook Live Webinar at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12 where they provided more information on COVID-19 rent relief. The webinar can be viewed on their Facebook page @LACDevAuthority.
Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.
The application can be accessed online here, or by dialing 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 hotline will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day throughout the application period. Online applications are available in English and Spanish, while assistance in other languages are available on the hotline.
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