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April 23, 2020 | 434 total views

LAHSA's Legislative Affairs team continues to monitor all ongoing legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are some updates regarding the U.S. Census, Stimulus Payments, and Eviction Protections:

CENSUS

  • Delay in the Service Based Enumeration - The Service-Based Enumeration, which surveys households at temporary shelters, meal sites, and in outdoor locations, has been delayed until further notice. We will provide updates as more information becomes available.
  • Census Self Response - The Census Bureau is encouraging households to respond to the Census online and by phone.  All households can participate in the Census, including people without a permanent residence or a Census ID. For information on how to complete without a Census ID, we encourage you to review the factsheet from Homebase.


STIMULUS PAYMENTS

  • As part of the CARES Act approved by Congress and signed by the President of March 27, 2020, many people are eligible for $1,200 stimulus payments.
  • To see if you or your clients are eligible for these payments and learn more about how to ensure they receive these payments, please see this fact sheet on the stimulus payments.

 

EVICTION PROTECTIONS

  • Earlier this month, the California State Judicial Council issued a ruling halting all evictions for the duration of the health emergency and continuing for 90 days following the lifting of the health emergency unless a health and safety emergency necessitates otherwise. This means that, unless they are threatening the health and safety of other tenants, evictions cannot be carried out throughout the state during this health emergency.
  • In mid-April, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed new eviction rules that would cover both the Unincorporated Areas and cities that have not yet approved COVID-related eviction protections. The Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that affirms that as long as tenants notify their landlords within writing within seven days of rent being due that they won't be able to pay rent due to a COVD-related hardship, they cannot be evicted.
  • For templates of letters to submit to landlords, there are available templates and resources, including one from NoRent.Org.

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Los Angeles Continuum Of Care Covid-19 Resources