COVID-19

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Food Distribution
Through partnerships with local community organizations, the LACDA set up grab and go lunch stations, and rolled up its sleeves to make deliveries of food baskets to the most vulnerable residents. The agency is proud to have provided thousands of meals to public housing families.

Resident Health
The health and well-being of public housing residents remained a top priority for the LACDA and its staff. The LACDA collaborated with local healthcare partners and County agencies to bring COVID-19 resources onsite. Initially focusing on COVID-19 testing, as vaccinations were approved for use, the LACDA mobilized to provide educational materials, answer questions about the vaccine by phone and automated messages, and distribute informational flyers. Focusing on public housing communities that had low vaccination numbers and high infection rates, the vaccination clinics served residents who were home bound or unable to travel to vaccination sites. The efforts resulted in 1,300 vaccines being administered to residents across 13 public housing sites.

Virtual Inspections
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
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.

Rent Relief Recipient

"Because of the LA County COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, I don't have to live in constant fear and I can pay my other bills."