los angelesThe city will start this from now onRentA subsidy program that provides up to six months of full rent assistance to low-income households who have difficulty paying rent. The last date of application is 2nd October at 6 pm.
The plan is funded by the “ULA Measure” (Measure United to House LA), commonly known as the “mansion tax”. People can apply three ways: go online to housing.lacity.org or call 888-3793150, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; People can also apply at several Los Angeles Family Resource Centers, addresses are visible: Housing. lacity.org
Los Angeles City Housing Department Manager Ann Seville and Deputy Manager Anna Ortega explained at a press conference on the 19th that the payment of rental subsidies is not based on “first come, first served”, but after all applications are collected, their Investigation is done. For qualification. The qualifications people need to meet include:
1. Must be a citizen of Los Angeles, regardless of immigration status. To determine if your residence is part of the City of Los Angeles, check out neighborhoods.org.
2. From March 2020 to present, a family member has experienced unemployment or low income, large expenses, or other financial difficulties.
3. From April 1, 2020 to present, there are overdue fares.
4. The family income is 80% or less of the area average income. (see table)
The rental subsidy program opened for applications at 8 am on the 19th and received more than 900 applications in just two hours. Priority in applications for rent subsidy mainly includes the following two factors. First, households whose income is 30% or less of the area median income, and second, households with rent arrears between April 1, 2020, and September 31, 2021.
After giving priority to the above two factors, other factors will be considered, such as whether there are elderly, children or disabled people at home; whether the rent exceeds half of the income; Possibility of homelessness (e.g. whether an eviction order has been received), etc. For eligible tenants, the relevant departments will transfer the rental subsidy to landlords.
from 2020pandemicTo start, the city of Los Angeles has introduced four rental subsidies. Ann Seville, housing manager for the city of Los Angeles, said she was unsure whether similar plans would occur in the future. He emphasized that families applying for rent subsidies can also apply if they have financial difficulties for reasons other than the pandemic. Pandemic is not a necessary condition. A total of $18.4 million was distributed under this program, which was primarily funded by the “ULA Measure”. The “ULA Measure” will be passed in 2022, imposing a 4% sales tax on real estate transactions of more than 5 million yuan, and a 5.5% sales tax on real estate transactions of more than 10 million yuan.
People who are not good at English can find Chinese information on the housing.lacity.org website. If you call to apply, you can ask the operator to transfer you to Chinese services. People can also visit the Los Angeles Family Resource Center, which has Chinese-speaking staff.
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