Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Housing Choice Voucher Program Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections were postponed in March 2020. The LACDA notified participants in April 2021 that HQS inspections were resuming using the agency's Remote Video Inspection (RVI) process as an alternative to in-person inspections. Only requiring a smart phone or tablet with a functional camera, a strong internet connection, and an online meeting application, RVIs proved to be a safe and practical solution to continuing to ensure the safety and habitability of assisted units. In total, over 5,000 RVIs were conducted in FY 2020-2021.
Project Homekey is the next phase in the State’s response to protecting Californians experiencing homelessness who are at high risk for serious illness or death from COVID-19. The LACDA provided technical assistance on 17 proposed properties. Since October 2020, the County received funding allocations for the acquisition of two properties in addition to the eight previously approved, bringing the total to 10. These properties will provide 766 units of interim housing for 18-24 months with the goal of then converting them to permanent supportive housing sites. Since the Notice of Funding Availability for Project Homekey was issued in July 2020, over $108 million has been awarded to the County of Los Angeles from the State.