LOS ANGELES – The General Manager of the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA), Ann Sewill, announced today the implementation of the City of Los Angeles Emergency Renters Assistance Subsidy Program (ERAS). The application will be open for five (5) days, starting at 8 AM on July 13th, and closing at 11:59 PM on July 17, 2020.
To assist LA’s tenants and rental property owners affected by the current COVID-19 health pandemic, LA City Council President Nury Martinez, the City Council and HCIDLA, with the support of Mayor Eric Garcetti, created the Emergency Rental Assistance Subsidy Program, the largest COVID-related emergency rental assistance program in the nation. The program allocates $103,000,000 to provide a rent subsidy for low-income tenants in the City of Los Angeles who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. HCIDLA is charged with the implementation of the ERAS Program.
The subsidy is anticipated to assist an estimated 50,000 Los Angeles households. It will provide a grant of up to $1,000 per month, with a maximum grant of $2,000 per household, and will be paid directly to the tenant’s landlord on behalf of the tenant. Eligible tenants are those whose household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income.
Households must meet the program requirements to pre-qualify for renters assistance:
- households who reside in multi family rental units in the City of Los Angeles,
- selected applicants will be required to provide proof of tenancy,
- total household income of all adults, 18 years of age or older, living in the home, with total annual incomes at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI)* level prior to March 13, 2020; and,
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*(Source: US Dept of Housing and Urban Development)
- households can provide documentation that they have suffered a loss or reduction of income due to COVID-19.
It is anticipated that the number of applications for a rent subsidy will far exceed available funding, therefore all applications submitted during the application period that meet all requirements listed above will be placed in a random selection system to determine which households will go forward in the application process for the rent subsidy.
City of Los Angeles tenants may apply at the HCIDLA website at hcidla.lacity.org starting at 8:00 AM on Monday, July 13th, through 11:59 PM, Friday, July 17th, 2020. After the application deadline, all applications submitted by 11:59 PM July 17th will be included in the random selection process. Applicants will be updated of the status of their application including notification of a 10-day time period during which applicants should submit supporting documentation to complete the verification process.
Interested renters in the City of Los Angeles are encouraged to apply online. The application will be available online 24/7 at hcidla.lacity.org through 11:59 PM on July 17th. Persons with limited online access may call the Application Hotline: 844-944-1868, every day between 8 AM and 10 PM, starting 8 AM, July 13 through 10 PM on July 17, 2020 to apply over the phone. TTY: 844-325-1398 is available for persons with hearing or speech impairments during the same hours. The program is open to all renters, regardless of immigration status.
For more information and “Frequently Asked Questions” about the program please visit hcidla.lacity.org.