COVID Resources for Financial Assistance
Many families and individuals have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have some resources that might help to alleviate some of the financial challenges created by this pandemic.
Renters and landlords have been impacted by the pandemic and many need help with unpaid or upcoming rent or utilities. Income eligible households who need financial assistance for unpaid rent and utilities may apply for help through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program. If you have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19, have past due rent or utilities, and have a household income that is not more than 80% of the area median income, you may be eligible to receive help to pay past due or future rent and utilities from the state of California. Qualifying renters and landlords are eligible for 100% of rent and utilities owed. You can verify eligibility immediately and apply, if qualified, by visiting Housing is Key at https://housing.ca.gov/, or by calling (833) 430-2122.
The Los Angeles County Temporary Eviction Moratorium, effective March 4, 2020, was extended through September 30, 2021. Under the County’s Moratorium, tenants may not be evicted for COVID-19 related nonpayment of rent, failure to pay back rent under the terms of a repayment plan for rent accrued during the Moratorium, as well as no-fault reasons, nuisance, denying entry to a landlord, or unauthorized occupants or pets – if related to COVID-19. For more information, visit https://dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions/.
If you are a senior behind on your rent or have been served with an eviction notice, you may be eligible for financial assistance. Learn about eligibility at Workforce Development Aging and Community Services (WDACS), https://wdacs.lacounty.gov/, or call (213) 610-1589 or e-mail APShomesafe@wdacs.lacounty.gov if you need immediate assistance.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families who have lost a loved one due to the virus. Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
For those affected or anyone with questions, visit the FEMA website at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance/faq. Although applications are not accepted online, you can apply by phone through the dedicated FEMA toll-free hotline at (844) 684-6333.
O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me!
You are my rescuer, my help; O Lord, do not delay.
Psalm 70 (69): 2, 6
Lord, have mercy on us;
Holy Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us;
St. Joseph, Patron of the Dying, pray for us!
~St. Luke Life, Justice and Peace Ministry