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We want to keep you updated with information that will help you and your business and hope you find these links useful.
Mortgage Relief Available to Property Owners
The County of Los Angeles in Partnership with the NHS Center for Economic Recovery has launched its Foreclosure Prevention & Mortgage Relief Program.
Applications are now open.
Apply for up to $20,000 in assistance to help offset mortgage delinquencies.
Call 1-888-895-2647 or visit the NHS website to learn more. 
New LA County Worker Protections
COVID-19 Protocols: Important Info for Workers & Businesses
More businesses are now able to open as we enter the orange tier in LA County. As those businesses open, they must always follow proper public health protocols.
Thanks to a new LA County law, if you work at a business that is violating health protocols, you can report it without fear of retaliation. Your employer cannot retaliate or discriminate against you (e.g. fire or threaten to fire you, cut your hours, demote, suspend, or discipline you) because you complain about workplace violations of public health laws, rules and regulations.
Workers and business owners can find out more about their rights and responsibilities under LA County’s new Public Health Anti-Retaliation Ordinance here. For more information, contact our worker protections counselors at (800) 593-8222 or noretaliation@dcba.lacounty.gov.


LA County Hero Pay: Find Out If You Qualify
On Tuesday, February 23, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a Hero Pay ordinance for qualified grocery and drug store workers in the unincorporated areas of LA County. 
This temporary ordinance would require large grocery retail and drug retail stores to pay their employees no less than $5-per-hour hazard pay in addition to the employee’s base wage.
California to Reopen June 15, 2021
 
As California reaches 20 million vaccines administered, and with COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations stabilizing, the state is looking to move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to fully reopening our economy. On June 15, all industries across the state can return to usual operations with common-sense risk reduction measures such as masking and vaccinations.
 
California can only progress to this stage if we continue to stay vigilant, keep wearing our masks and getting vaccinated. The state will monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access, and vaccine efficacy against variants with the option to revisit the June 15 date if needed.
 
Below are updates from the Mayor’s office.
 
Key updates
COVID #s: From yesterday’s release from the County Department of Public Health: 546 new cases in the county. There have been a total of 84,299 positives in West Valley communities, an increase of 455 confirmed cases since April 4th.
 
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this weekend that the City will open up vaccinations to Angelenos age 16 and older, starting on Tuesday. L.A. County residents can now start making appointments for this week on the City’s online portal. This eligibility expansion comes as the City grows its vaccination infrastructure and assumes operations at the Cal State LA site. 

Vaccination appointments for Tuesday, April 13th to Wednesday, April 14th at county-run sites are available now for entire households living in a number of communities on MyTurn.ca.gov,
 
Here is how HOUSEHOLD ELIGBILITY works:
  1. The household must be in one of the communities below.
  2. At least one member of the household must be currently eligible to receive the vaccine.
  3. Every person living in the household is now able to get vaccinated on MyTurn.ca.gov by entering the same eligibility criteria as the person eligible (age, workforce sector, qualifying condition, etc.) when booking an appointment.
  • Note: All other information, including name, date of birth, etc., must be correctly entered for each individual.
 
The City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) administered by the Housing & Community Investment Department (HCID), ERAP provides federal and state emergency rental assistance funds to assist low-income renters who have been unable to pay their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mayor will be giving his annual State of the City address on Monday, April 19th, at 5:15pm. You can watch the live broadcast on Channel 35 and @MayorofLA on Twitter and Facebook



DPSS is committed to keeping the public informed about essential benefits, as well as resources offered by other service organizations in the county. Please help us to share this important information with those in your community who need it most.


GOLDEN STATE GRANT PROGRAM
Attention CalWORKs families with an approved case status as of March 27 will receive a one-time Golden State Grant payment of $600. The payment is to help families who may have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This payment is not a CalWORKs grant payment and not subject to hearing rights. Click here to learn more about the Golden State Grant Program.
FEMA COVID-19 FUNERAL ASSISTANCE
If you’ve have lost someone to COVID-19, FEMA may be able to help with funeral expenses starting in April 2021. For more information about FEMA’s funeral assistance program, visit https://bit.ly/39wyt43.

ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
IHSS Customers! Did you know you can get help to pay for the cost of operating your electrically-powered medical equipment? Click here to learn more.

TUTORING PROGRAM
Attention CalWORKs customers! Are your kids ready to head back to school? If they need extra support, the CalWORKs Tutoring Program can help! Visit https://bit.ly/DPSSGAIN for more information.

HELP FOR STUDENTS
College students who are eligible for “work study” or have a $0 expected family contribution may now be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits! Learn more at www.getcalfresh.org/students or call 1-866-613-3777.
REMINDERS
Grants Directly to Restaurants
Apply April 11-18
We have big news to share! Restaurants Care is launching the Resilience Fund to help the small restaurants at the heart of our communities. They’re in the fight of their lives, and we can help.
The Resilience Fund provides cash grants of up to $3,500 and additional support services for small restaurants in California for a year, with priority given to women and people of color. Applications are accepted April 11 -18. We received funding to support restaurants in 8 counties: Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Joaquin.
And we’re not stopping there. This fund also powers Restaurants Care hardship grants, a safety-net for restaurant workers – the servers, cooks, and dishwashers at the heart of restaurants. 
This dream was made possible by a coalition of funders. Our deepest gratitude to lead donor SoCalGas and generous donors PG&E, SDG&E and the California Community Foundation. Thank you for keeping restaurants cooking! 
We're here to serve the people at the heart of restaurants.

 Alycia Harshfield
 Executive Director

Zoom Webinar details:
English - April 7 at 10 a.m. – Registration Link
Spanish – April 8 at 10 a.m. – Registration Link
ORANGE TIER OPENINGS, UPDATED TRAVEL ADVISORY AND MORE!
ASSESSOR HELPS STATE CONTROLLER &TAX COLLECTOR WITH DEADLINE MESSAGE
Deadline for Annual Secured Property Taxes: April 12
LOS ANGELES, CA - Assessor Jeff Prang is helping the Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector in alerting eligible homeowners to an important fast-approaching deadline regarding the second installment of the 2020-21 Annual Secured Property Taxes.
The Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector reminds property owners that the second installment of the 2020-21 Annual Secured Property Taxes becomes delinquent if not received by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time or United States Postal Service (USPS) postmarked on or before Monday, April 12, 2021. This is two days later than the traditional delinquency date of April 10, as this date falls on a Saturday in 2021.

Property owners may find more information online at propertytax.lacounty.gov. Property owners may also call the toll-free Property Tax Information Line at 1(888) 807-2111, where automated information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
LA County Residents Can Soon Access Funeral Expense Relief from FEMA
Small Business Stabilization Loan Program 
Act now to take advantage of up to $3 million in loans for businesses! This LACDA new loan program is intended to support and help stabilize businesses in the region. Small Business Stabilization Loans range from $50,000 to $3 million, and can be used for working capital, equipment purchases, inventory, or refinancing of existing loans. Applications will be accepted until April 16, 2021 or until a total of $20 million in loan requests is received, whichever comes first.
Federal Taxes
The IRS has now delayed this year’s Tax Day to May 17, 2021. However, this date change does not apply to estimated tax payments due on April 15, 2021; small businesses and individuals responsible for quarterly estimated tax payments must still make those payments by April 15.
New and updated, is the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) a refundable, advanceable tax credit on employee wages that is available 2020 and all of 2021. For 2020, it offers a total maximum credit $5,000 per employee. Looking ahead to 2021, the new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) recently extended the period of eligibility for the ERTC to include all of 2021, versus a previous Q1 and Q2 limit. Since savings are up to $7,000 per employee per quarter in 2021, that’s a total maximum savings of $28,000 per employee in 2021.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) tax credit for paid sick leave and family leave has also been extended by ARPA. The program originally expired at the end of March but now lasts until the end of September 2021. The maximum size of this tax credit for family leave is now $12,000 per employee.

Work Sharing Program
Work Sharing Program can be a temporary alternative to layoffs if your business’ production or services have been reduced. The program helps employers minimize or eliminate the need for layoffs, keep trained employees and quickly recover when business conditions improve, and avoid the cost of recruiting, hiring, and training new employees. Employees will be paid based on the standard EDD benefit rate, multiplied by the percent of hours worked (i.e. a full time employee whose hours have been reduced to 32 hours/week would receive 20% of the standard unemployment insurance benefit). Click here for more.
Updates from the State can be found here.
Los Angeles County’s Small Business Stabilization Loan Program
The Los Angeles County’s Small Business Stabilization Loan Program is available through April 16 or until $20 million in funding requests have been received. Mid-month, more than $18 million in funding requests were received by the Los Angeles County Development Authority. Loans range from $50,000 to $3 million. Eligible businesses must have been in operation for the last two years and need money for working capital, equipment purchases, real estate acquisition or refinancing of existing loans. Businesses can visit BizStabilization.lacda.org for more information.

Guidance for Ventilation at Workplace Settings
An important approach to lowering the concentrations of indoor air pollutants or contaminants including any viruses that may be in the air is to increase ventilation. This document provides information on how to improve ventilation through improving air circulation and air filtration. It’s important to take steps in increasing air circulation and improving air filtration to protect staff and customers.
Los Angeles COVID-19 Resources
The City of Los Angeles has compiled an extensive list of resources and financial aid programs available to local small businesses. Click here to access the site.
If you know someone who is finding it hard to put food on the table because of the pandemic, there is help. CalFresh provides monthly benefits for groceries at the corner store. It only takes 10 mins but provides help 365 days a year. Visit getcalfresh.org/ for more information. #LetsFeedLACounty
Free Webinars: Starting & Growing Your Business
Do you want to turn your dream into a reality this year? Join the LA Law Library for their free workshops to get all the tips you need! Grow your current business or transform your passion into your purpose. 
Our Small Business Counselors Want to Virtually Meet You!
Schedule a FREE one-on-one appointment to learn how to sell to the government
The L.A. County Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) offers one-on-one technical assistance and training to help businesses in Los Angeles County that are interested in local, state, and federal government contracting.
Our PTAC Counselors can help your business with most government contracting matters, including:
  • Becoming a registered vendor;
  • Getting certified;
  • Finding opportunities;
  • Target market analysis; and
  • Marketing to the government.
To schedule your free one-on-one counseling session, please Sign Up As a New Client and we will connect you with a small business counselor.
Click here to see upcoming training opportunities.
Our Call Center Can Help Your Business
DCBA has partnered with the Department of Workforce, Development, Aging, and Community Services, and other County and State agencies to bring you the L.A. County Disaster Help Center. The center has resources for businesses as well as employees to help during the COVID-19 emergency. 
Counselors are available Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to help business owners navigate emergency loan applications and help individuals that were recently laid off due to this emergency. Multilingual help is available. 
Contact the Disaster Help Center:
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for the latest updates, @LACHelpCenter.
Does your business need help optimizing or creating a website? Do you need help optimizing or creating business listings and a digital presence? Mayor Eric Garcetti launched LA Optimized to help small businesses adapt to the rapid shifts in consumer behavior and technological advances by empowering them to boost their digital marketing, maximize their online business listings, create or optimize their websites, and increase their knowledge and presence in the e-commerce space - all at no cost to businesses. 

In addition, this program will provide grants to select creatives (photographers, graphic designers, videographers, writers, etc) for providing creative and digital content
services including branding, videography, photography, website copy, and
graphic design to small businesses. 

If you are a business owner interested in the program, please learn more here.
If you are a creative professional interested in supporting businesses, please apply here.

Applications will be
accepted on a rolling basis until September 1, 2021.
We can't deny it: the pandemic has caused a mental health crisis in our community. Many of us don't take advantage of stress-relieving techniques when we're feeling pressure. Given these difficult times, it's important for us to take care of ourselves and others around us. That's why I'm hosting Self-Defense for the Soul: Road to Better Days, free virtual workshops focusing on mental health during and after COVID.
Please join me, Women's Self Defense Instructor Jean Morrison, and Strength United's Associate Director Stephanie Molen during Sexual Assault Awareness Month as we learn to practice self-care and use a positive mindset to strengthen our resilience during moments of significant change. I'm proud to offer this free opportunity to the community as we strive towards greater mental health understanding and awareness.
LA County is helping train businesses on the implementation of COVID-19 safety protocols through a no-cost online training course called the COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certification Program (CSCCP). Once completed, business owners receive a certificate, and window seal to display on their storefront, which can reassure employees and customers alike that the business is following COVID-19 infection control and physical distancing requirements.
If you have not yet completed the CSCCP course or want to learn more about it, visit publichealth.lacounty.gov/eh/covid19cert.htm. Help support your employees, customers, and community while on the Road to Recovery.
Virtual Meetings and Webinars
Don't miss the annual Mega Mixer!

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