On Tuesday, June 23, Councilman Curren Price joined Mayor Eric Garcetti to announce a unique partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD), and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), that deploys mobile testing units to all 15 HACLA housing developments to provide free on-site testing for COVID-19.
"It’s paramount that all levels of government work together to bring COVID-19 testing into underserved communities considering the health disparities communities of color face at the hands of this pandemic," said Councilman Price. "Initiatives like this will help keep our friends, family and loved ones healthy and our communities going strong."
The first of the pop ups arrived at the public housing community Pueblo Del Rio in District 9 where hundreds of residents were able to get tested during the span of two days. With the coronavirus ravaging Black and Brown communities there is an urgent need that these resources are brought directly to the people that need it the most.
“Testing saves lives. That’s why we’ve worked to scale up testing and provide critical resources to the Angelenos who are most vulnerable to COVID-19,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This partnership with HACLA, LAFD, and CORE builds on that work, bringing critical testing resources to the doorsteps of many who have limited access to transportation and are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from the virus.”
HACLA residents may sign up in advance for a testing appointment by visiting coronavirus.lacity.org/HACLAtesting. Members of the general public can visit coronavirus.lacity.org/testing to schedule a testing appointment.