Earlier this month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $1.22 billion spending package to fund a broad range of essential services and relief measures to assist people and businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
The plan covers spending in four main areas: $656 million for public health measures including testing and contact tracing; $200 million for financial support for residents in the form of assistance for rent relief, food and child care; $160 million in grants to support small businesses; and $150 million to support the county workforce’s response to the emergency, including disaster services workers and personal protective equipment for employees.
The plan also includes nearly $55 million to cover contingencies including potential health care system surges and other urgent needs that may emerge as the pandemic continues.
The comprehensive spending proposal allocates funding across a wide range of services. Major allocations include $226 million for community-based COVID-19 diagnostic testing and $100 million for rent relief to assist residents countywide.
Funds were also allocated to programs to assist vulnerable people during the crisis, including $148 million for Project Roomkey, which provides temporary housing to medically at-risk people experiencing homelessness.
Other allocations include $10 million allocated to the L.A. Regional Food Bank for food distribution events, $60 million to support other nutritional programs, $15 million for the Great Plates delivery program for seniors and medically at-risk adults, and $15 million for child care vouchers for low-income families and essential workers.
“It’s extremely important that the county make these commitments to our emergency health response, including strengthening our testing and contact tracing efforts, as well as for rent relief and to bolster and sustain our food security programs,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, 3rd District. “COVID-19 has knocked many vulnerable residents to their knees, and these investments will allow us to continue to help people as we work to bring the pandemic under control.”
“This funding comes at a critical time for Los Angeles County,” added Supervisor Kathryn Barger, 5th District, chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. “This plan addresses our ability to provide essential services, expand testing, contract tracing and meet tangible needs for working families and small businesses who are struggling and increasing bearing the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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