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L.A. County Launches COVID-19 Rent Relief Program Next Monday

Program focuses on helping people living in high-need areas

Published on Monday, August 10, 2020 | 3:19 pm

In an effort to help renters with limited means affected by the COVID-19 crisis – including Pasadena residents – the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is making available $100 million in CARES Act funds to create a COVID-19 Rent Relief program, operated by the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA).

The program is set to launch on Monday, Aug. 17, and will remain open for a two-week period, closing on Aug. 31, according to an announcement Monday by the LACDA.

The program’s goal is to assist between 8,000 to more than 9,000 households.

The emergency rental assistance being provided is intended to meet the needs of low-income renters who have struggled to pay their rent and those behind on paying rent due to the economic impacts caused by the pandemic. Those who are most at need will be targeted with more assistance.

The program is available to all county residents who qualify, with the exception of residents living in the city of Los Angeles. The city of L.A. received its own allocation of CARES Act funds.

A W-9 tax form and participation agreement are needed from the property owners to receive rental income on behalf of their qualified tenant; property owners must agree to the terms of the participation agreement. Citizenship documentation will not be requested from any party (renter or property owner).

A list of frequently asked questions with more program detail is available at

Supervisors Kathryn Barger, Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Janice Hahn will be joined by Anja Carrillo, an Emergency Rental Assistance Program recipient, Linda Jenkins, assistant director, community and economic development division of LACDA, and Emilio Salas, acting executive director of LACDA. Salas will be available to answer questions in Spanish.

The program is Wednesday at 11 a.m. Aug. 12.

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