Today is the Last Day to Apply for LA Renters Relief Program


Today is the last day for people to apply for the Los Angeles Emergency Renters Assistance Subsidy Program, which will provide financial aid to households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The largest COVID-19 related rental assistance program of any city in the nation, that helps Los Angeles residential tenants and landlords struggling with the economic effects of the pandemic with financial aid. 

It is open to low-income renters who live within the city and have been economically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Interested renters are encouraged to apply online at beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, July 13 until 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 17.

The money will be sent directly to the renter’s landlord. The program is open to City of LA residents only who rent apartments or duplexes, regardless of their immigration status.  It’s expected to help approximately 50,000 households, who will be selected randomly.

The vast majority of the $103 million program comes from the city’s federal CARES Act stimulus money. The program is open to all renters, regardless of immigration status.

According to the  City of Los Angeles Emergency Renters Assistance Program website, "the subsidy will provide a grant of up to $1,000 per month to cover the monthly lease rent (based on the rent paid as of March 1, 2020), with a maximum of $2,000 per household. The rent subsidy will be paid directly to the tenant’s landlord on the tenant’s behalf."

According to the City of Los Angeles Emergency Renters Assistance Program website, this program will be available to renters of multifamily rental housing who meet the following eligibility criteria:

-Residents of the City of Los Angeles, regardless of immigration status. 

-Households that can provide proof of tenancy;

-Household annual income at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) level prior to the COVID-19 crisis; and

-Households that can provide documentation of loss or reduction of income due to COVID-19 after March 13, 2020.

LA City Council President Nury Martinez says she knows it is still not enough which is why they’re advocating and asking the federal government to do more.

Council President Martinez’ first created the relief program last winter.

Those with limited online access may call the Application Hotline at 844-944-1868, between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. from July 13-17. Those with hearing or speech impairments may call 844-325-1398 during the same hours.