Project Roomkey: Continuing to Address the Coronavirus

LAHSA is continuing to monitor the developments related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 
As of today, Public Health has identified 36,259 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,755 deaths. 261 of the positive cases of COIVD-19 are among people experiencing homelessness. 
Below is an update on LAHSA's efforts:
Project Roomkey
  • As of this morning they have 26 Hotel/Motel sites online totaling 2,588 beds.
  • They are serving 2,067 people in these sites, with more moving in today. 
  • They are seeking homeless service providers for Project Roomkey. Applicants must be certified as qualified bidders for receiving Los Angeles General Funds, County of Los Angeles General Funds, or Measure H Funds. Find out more on their website.
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We Rise: Virtual May 2020

WE RISE 2020: Virtual May is a month-long spotlight on wellbeing and healing through art, music and creative expression to help the entire Los Angeles County community. We are stronger together. And, together, we are building a community where everyone feels a sense of belonging, connection, meaning and purpose. This is a safe space where all are welcome.

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Envision's COVID-19 Response

Envision has launched a few new services to support you, your organization, and the entire nonprofit sector.

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ELAC Online Incubator

If you are a student entrepreneur ready to launch your new business, the owner of an existing small business struggling to cope with the impact of COVID 19, or newly unemployed and looking to transition your side hustle into a full time endeavor.

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Wish Lists to Change Lives

While demand for services continues to increase during the COVID-19 crisis, resources and critical items to address these needs are in short supply. Canceled fundraisers, loss of fee-for-service and other funding streams have exacerbated our nonprofit partners' struggles. Nonprofit organizations are being forced to make impossibly difficult, relatively immediate decisions.  
However, volunteers can provide significant help by purchasing necessary items to support the individuals, families and children that have been hit hard by the pandemic.
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SoCalGas & Sempra Energy Foundation Donate $50,000 and Commercial Kitchen Equipment to Covenant House California Shelter for Homeless Youth

The $50K and commercial cooking equipment donation will help supplement the cost of food and other services for homeless youth
LOS ANGELES – May 7, 2020 – Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Covenant House California (CHC) today announced that SoCalGas and the Sempra Energy Foundation together have donated $50,000 to Covenant House California, a non-profit shelter that provides sanctuary and support for homeless and trafficked youth, ages 18-24. The $50,000 donation includes, $25,000 from SoCalGas and $25,000 from the Sempra Energy Foundation. In addition, SoCalGas, is donating commercial cooking equipment for the shelter’s kitchen. Please see here for photos and video from today’s delivery of the kitchen equipment to Covenant House.
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Tenant Protections for us All

If you cannot pay your rent today, your landlord cannot evict you. 

Emergency eviction protections continue to be in place for Los Angeles families through May 31st with a possible extension. This means your landlord cannot evict you and your family due to non-payment. 

If you have not done so already, please send a letter immediately to your landlord explicitly stating that your loss of income is due to the COVID-19. 

If you need support, Los Angeles County residents should call the L.A. County Disaster Help Center at (833) 238-4450 or email [email protected]. Los Angeles City residents can call (866)-557-7368. 

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COVID-19 Testing and Demographics

Who is eligible for COVID-19 testing in LA County.

Testing is prioritized as follows:

  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms
  • All essential workers regardless of symptoms, including:
    • health care workers
    • first responders
    • social service employees
    • utility workers
    • food supply workers and
    • other public employees

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Find Low-Cost Internet Service and Computers in Your Area

In response to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on society, multiple Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have made updates to their low-cost internet service programs to ensure individuals and families stay connected to the internet during this challenging time. 
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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Unemployment Benefits
If you are an independent contractor, self-employed, or have exhausted your Unemployment Insurance benefits, you may be eligible for expanded UI benefits. EDD is now accepting applications for a new benefit called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

Senior Meal Assistance

If you are a resident of the City of Los Angeles, over the age of 60, and not on other food assistance programs, you may be eligible for the Senior Meal Emergency Response Program. Seniors in need of a home delivered meal can visit to enroll. 

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