Tuesday, June 23
$100 Million Rental Assistance Program
On Tuesday, June 23, the Los Angeles City Council established the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Subsidy (ERAS) Program by allocating $100 million from the CARES Act Federal Relief Funds. This program is the first in the nation; its goal is to assist those who are unable to meet their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect them from becoming unhoused.
Under the program, eligible individuals can receive up to $2,000 a month for qualified renters and renting households. Additionally, Los Angeles’ 16 Family Source Centers (FSC) will have $1 million to help families who have been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Further, there are protections that do not allow a landlord to evict tenants for six months following the lifting of the emergency declaration if they accept funds from the Relief program.
Los Angeles Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
The Los Angeles City Council approved a motion by Councilmember Curren Price to have the City of Los Angeles participate in the Los Angeles Regional Relief and Recovery Fund in participation with the County of Los Angeles. The purpose of the fund is to provide loan and grant capital to Los Angeles small businesses, micro-entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations. The program also has goals to ensure equitable access to capital across geography, demographics and borrower type and undertake a coordinated and strategic fundraising approach to maximize resources for the Regional Recovery Fund.
This Fund was championed by Councilmember Price as a critical lifeline for the City’s economy. The coronavirus has caused significant disruption to the Food and Beverage, and leisure and hospitality industries, especially within the region’s small businesses, which provide the majority of employment for residents within Los Angeles.
City Council Votes to Suspend Councilman Jose Huizar
The City Council voted to suspend Councilmember Jose Huizar, who represents the 14th Council District, after he was arrested and charged with racketeering.
Wednesday, June 24
911 Motion Advances
On Wednesday, June 24, Councilman Price’s motion that would make it illegal to use the 911 emergency system to file a report, or cause a report to be made to law enforcement agencies, that an “emergency or threat” exists when the call is based on racial bias, and the caller knows that the report is false or frivolous was approved in the Ad Hoc Committee on Police Reform. It now comes back to Council for a final vote.
Council Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis
The Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis that affects all of Los Angeles. The resolution also calls for an assessment of internal City policies and procedures, beginning with the budget process, to ensure racial justice is a core element of city government. In addition, the resolution takes steps to support community efforts to combat systemic racism against Black and Brown communities within Los Angeles by examining how policies affect delivery of human and social services, economic development, and public safety. The resolution was drafted by Councilmembers Price, Herb Wesson and Marqueece Harris-Dawson.