Low-income Los Angeles city residents who have been financially impacted through the loss of their job or who have otherwise experienced income loss in their household due to the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to apply for a one-time $500 grant to help pay their utility bills. The program is championed by L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez, 6th District, chair of the Ad-Hoc COVID-19 Recovery and Neighborhood Investment Committee, and was approved by the City Council on Oct. 27. In a related action, the L.A. Board of Water and Power Commissioners approved allocating resources to support the grant program which will provide assistance to up to 100,000 low-income Angelenos impacted by the pandemic.
Applications for the $500 grant will be accepted online through LADWP’s MyAccount customer portal from Nov. 2-15, and will be distributed via check mailed to the eligible customer in late December. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available funding, awardees will be selected randomly, with priority given to existing LADWP assistance program participants. The City of LA-LADWP CARES Utility Grant Program was made possible through federal CARES Act funding received by the city to assist struggling low-income Angelenos with utility costs.
“Our low-wage workers continue to suffer in silence,” Martinez said. “They are the first to put themselves and their families at risk through their essential work. I am unapologetically dedicated during this pandemic to help them get whatever resources they need to hang on and stay in their homes.”
To be eligible for the grant, residents must meet the household income eligibility requirements and be able to provide documentation to demonstrate they were financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible COVID-19 financial impacts include, but are not limited to workplace closure or reduced hours due to COVID-19, including layoff, termination, loss of working hours; business closure or other economic impacts of COVID-19; sickness with COVID-19 or caring for a household or family member who is sick with COVID-19; and medical and child care costs.
For information, visit ladwp.com/financialassistance.
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