Antelope Valley Press

LA County rent relief program open


LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Qualifying landlords in Los Angeles County have until Friday of next week to apply for a $68.6 million rent relief program designed to help offset economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and tenants who have fallen behind on their rent payments.

The county’s Department of Consumer and Business Affairs launched its Rent Relief Program on Dec. 12. It will offer grants of up to $30,000 per unit to eligible landlords for expenses dating from April 1, 2022 to the present.

Potential applicants can review eligibilit­y requiremen­ts and apply at lacountyre­ Applicants can access assistance daily by calling 877-849-0770 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Additional­ly, applicants can register for informatio­nal webinars or receive hands-on support at in-person events by visiting The deadline to submit an applicatio­n is Jan. 12 by 11:59 p.m.

The program was originally expected to offer about $46 million, but the DCBA announced it had received an additional $22 million in grant funding for the effort.

The program is specifical­ly designed to help small, mom-and-pop landlords who own up to four rental units, officials said. The goal is to reduce tenant evictions, maintain the viability of small-scale rental businesses and ensure the availabili­ty of affordable housing.

DCBA has implemente­d a prioritize­d review process for applicatio­ns. Priority will be given to those demonstrat­ing the most “substantia­l” financial distress, those catering to the most vulnerable tenants and properties located in areas of highest need, as identified by the LA County Equity Explorer Tool.

Early submission­s are strongly encouraged, officials said.

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