COVID-19 PANDEMIC: On the ground, in the community 

When LA's "Safe-at-Home" order changed the lives of Angelenos almost overnight, David demonstrated what leadership can – and must – do in time of crisis. He has been on the ground, in the community, connecting people to resources. He introduced programs and legislation to ease the pandemic's impact on the City's most vulnerable, allocating additional resources to seniors, immigrants, single mothers, renters, and artists. He brought the City and County together to make free COVID-19 testing available and secured PPE (protective gear) to keep essential workers safe. He has called on Congress to support rent cancellation legislation, and to immediately implement improvements to the SNAP program (formerly "food stamps") due to the dramatic increase in food insecurity caused by COVID-19. He has also been an outspoken critic of the White House's incitement of hate crimes, dissemination of unscientific  information, and reluctance to put the financial security of the American people ahead of Wall Street. 

 

While local government agencies have reimagined how to respond rapidly to the new needs of our new normal, so have others. Many local organizations and individuals have stepped up to ensure that residents, small businesses and non-profits are supported. And our Council District 4 community has come together to help friends and neighbors navigate the pandemic. 

COVID-19 RESOURCES

For CORONAVIRUS UPDATES, click here 

FOR RENTERS:

Payment of rent and eviction moratorium:

As of March 27, 2020,  California renters impacted by the pandemic cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent through at least May 31, 2020. Tenants must declare in writing that they cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19 within 7 days of the rent due date.  For a sample landlord-tenant communication letter, contact: contactces@earthlink.net

Los Angeles renters will have up to twelve months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any back due rent.  Tenants are not required to sign any new agreements with their landlord. They may work out a payment plan at this time only if they choose to and are NOT required to provide their landlords any documentation proving their inability to pay rent at this time. Tenants are recommended to keep this documentation for their own records.

More information at: HCID Eviction Information - hcidla2.lacity.org/covid-19-renter-protections

Sample tenant-landlord communication form can be found here in English, Spanish, Korean, Armenian, Chinese, Russian and Tagalog.

 

Rent freeze on Rent-Stabilized units:

 As of March 30, 2020, there is a freeze on rent increases on residential units that are subject to the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO), otherwise known as rent control. RSO generally applies to multi-family complexes built before 1978. To find out if your apartment is covered by the ordinance, go to: hcidla.lacity.org/Is-My-Rental-Unit-Subject-to-the-RSO

Legal & Eviction Defense Resources 

 

UTILITY SHUT OFFS:

Effective March 23, 2020:, there is a moratorium on DWP shutoffs. If your utilities were shut-off, call 877-MYPAYDWP

 

FOR UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE OR REDUCED WORK HOURS BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC:

Unemployment Insurance: California’s Employment Development Department  

Unemployment for freelance and gig workers


 

FOR SENIORS:

Supermarkets offer early hours so that seniors do not have to wait in line. For the homebound, meal delivery is offered by the following organizations.

 

Department of Aging - aging.lacity.org or (213) 482 - 7252

 

Project Angel Food – for meal delivery, click here or call (323) 845 -1810.

 

Meals on Wheels: (888) 998 - 6325

 

Additional resources for seniors here

ACCESS TO FOOD:

Calfresh food benefits may be used to purchase groceries online at select retailers. Learn more here.

To find a local food pantry: 

 

ASSISTANCE FOR IMMIGRANTS AND UNDOCUMENTED RESIDENTS:

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) - irelief.chirla.org - (213) 201- 8700 or (888) 624 - 4752

 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, LA - advancingjustice-la.org/drai - (213) 241 - 8880

 

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) - carecen-la.org/drai - (213) 315 - 2659

 

Judy Wood, Attorney - lawofficesofjudithlwood.com - (213) 680-7801 or (323) 683-5166

 

Vamos Unidos (Juan Jose) - vamosunidos.net - (213) 746 - 6264

Immigrant Neighbor Fund (East-West Bank) - immigrantneighborfund.com

 

Yo Soy California - yosoycalifornia.chirla.org

 

Medi-Nurse Hotline for Medi-Cal patients & uninsured - (877) 409 - 9052 

Apply for the Immigrant Families Fund - missionassetfund.org/immigrant-families-grant

SMALL BUSINESSES:

City of Los Angeles Microloan Program: ewddlacity.com/index.php/microloan-program
SBA Disaster Assistance: sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19
Get help applying for loans: lacountyhelpcenter.org; (833) 238 - 4450; disasterhelpcenter@lacounty.gov
LA Small Business Resilience Toolkit- ewddlacity.com/images/business/COVID19_BusinessResilienceToolkit_v4.pdf
Guidance for reopening - corona-virus.la/Business
Jewish Free Loan Association - jfla.org
Restaurants: Apply to join LA City's Great Plates Delivered Program - wdacs.lacounty.gov/greatplates
Moratorium on commercial evictions - corona-virus.la/english/mayor-garcetti-orders-moratorium-commercial-evictions

Paid for by David Ryu for City Council 2020 General 

777 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 4050

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Additional information is available at ethics.lacity.org.