The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently approved two motions to stabilize housing for people experiencing homelessness and support individuals and businesses who may be at risk of eviction during the COVID-19 emergency.
A motion authored by Supervisors Sheila Kuehl, 3rd District, and Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District, will create a Homelessness COVID-19 Recovery Plan within 30 days on continuity of housing for people experiencing homelessness who have been temporarily housed during the pandemic, as well as individuals whose current housing may be in jeopardy as a result of job loss or inability to pay rent.
“Since the pandemic began, L.A. County and city have done a remarkable thing. We placed nearly 4,000 medically fragile homeless men and women in temporary housing with more to come,” Kuehl said. “With this motion, we look to the future and ask for a plan to identify and pay for permanent housing for these elderly and sick individuals, many of whom suffer from serious medical conditions. No one wants to see these very frail men and women put back on the streets.”
“In the midst of a global pandemic, Los Angeles County has activated an unprecedented public-private partnership with cities, private hotel owners, public sector health care staff, disaster service worker volunteers and community-based nonprofit service providers to house vulnerable residents across our region,” Ridley-Thomas added. “This motion will amplify the county’s ongoing work to secure local, state and federal revenue to implement a comprehensive crisis response strategy.”
A related motion will extend the county’s eviction moratorium to June 30, and to be reviewed every 30 days thereafter, and extend the moratorium to previously unprotected commercial or residential tenants who are not protected by local city eviction moratorium ordinances. The motion will apply in county unincorporated areas as well as in jurisdictions that have not passed rent stabilization ordinances covering residential and commercial tenants.
“We certainly don’t want to see the COVID-19 epidemic create a new surge of county residents into homelessness or see commercial businesses evicted because of this pandemic,” Kuehl added. “We are taking the kind of short-term actions that are necessary to minimize long-term damage to our many county families who live one paycheck away from homelessness.”
For information, visit bos.lacounty.gov.
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