Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
The following are updates that affect HCIDLA-related services:
Monday, March 16, 2020
HCIDLA Suspends Systematic Code Enforcement (SCEP) inspections
LOS ANGELES -- General Manager of the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA), Rushmore D. Cervantes announced today that to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and to help keep the public and staff safe by limiting exposure, HCIDLA is temporarily closing its five public counters effective today.
Additionally, effective Monday, March 16th, Systematic Code Enforcement Program (SCEP) inspections are suspended until further notice.
HCIDLA will continue to deploy inspectors in the event of life-safety code violations, and fire-related tenant displacement issues. HCIDLA will maintain operations serving the people of Los Angeles, but limiting the scope of work to prevent exposure to both staff and the public. The HCIDLA hotline will continue service during regular business days and hours. Residents can call (866) 557- RENT or (866) 557-7368 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or submit housing-related inquiries to: hcidla.lacity.org/ask-hcidla.
Residents of Los Angeles are encouraged to subscribe to the official City of Los Angeles Emergency Management communications at NotifyLA.org, for official emergency alerts, and/or follow @ReadyLA on the different social media platforms.
While Los Angeles County maintains that risk is still relatively low, the County’s Department of Public Health is urging all of us to take every possible precaution to stop the spread of the virus. HCIDLA highly recommends following LA County’s Department of Public Health recommendations. To learn about best practices to prevent the spread of the virus. For more information on Coronavirus Disease, visit:lacounty.gov/covid19
HCIDLA Suspends Handyworker and LEAD program
The Lead and Handyworker Program services are temporarily on hold as these programs involve field work. Both the Handyworker and Lead Programs require repair teams to go into the homes of Senior Citizens, for protection of our vulnerable population and staff safety, these services are on hold except for emergency repairs
The Homeownership Program continues to service client remotely for loan processing. Application intake continues, however, processing time may take longer than usual.
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Mayor Eric Garcetti's issues "Public Order Under City of Los Angeles Emergency Authority"
On March 4, 2020, I declared a local emergency in relation to the arrival of the COVID-19 virus in our community, and on March 12, 2020, I ordered a number of measures to be taken across the City to protect members of the public and City workers from an undue risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Our precautions over the past weeks and what we do over the next few days and weeks will determine how well we weather this emergency...
Finally, I hereby order that no landlord shall evict a residential tenant in the City of Los Angeles during this local emergency period if the tenant is able to show an inability to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These circumstances include loss of income due to a COVID-19 related workplace closure, child care expenditures due to school closures, health care expenses related to being ill with COVID-19 or caring for a member of the tenant’s household who is ill with COVID-19, or reasonable expenditures that stem from government-ordered emergency measures. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to mean that the tenant will not still be obligated to pay lawfully charged rent. Tenants will have up to six months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any back due rent. Tenants may use the protections afforded in this subsection as an affirmative defense in an unlawful detainer action. This subsection shall remain in effect during the pendency of the local emergency period.
This order may be extended prior to March 31, 2020.
Friday, March 13, 2020
HCIDLA temporarily closes its public service counters
Attn: Angelenos, To help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and to help keep the public and employees safe, the HCIDLA Public Service Counters are temporarily closed. Stay safe.
From HCIDLA, General Manager, Rushmore D. Cervantes - Commission meetings and public-related activities postponed until further notice.
Amid Covid-19 concerns and in an abundance of caution, the Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) is canceling its March 2020 commission meetings and is placing all future public meetings and gatherings on hold pending further guidance from the Mayor and City Council. Additionally, I have instructed our Commissions and Community Engagement (CCE) team to cancel or postpone all large gathering events. Consequently, the Pioneer Women Celebration, Transgender Day of Visibility, and the Interfaith Seder in partnership with the Jewish Federation have been postponed.