Internet Access/Distance Learning
For families that are looking for access to the Internet for distance learning, AT&T is offering an affordable way to stay connected with Internet service for $10/month and expanded eligibility requirements.
Find more details at att.com/access or call (855) 220-5211.
The City of Santa Clarita’s eviction moratorium (Ordinance No. 20-6) has expired as of August 31, 2020. At this time, commercial and residential landlords and tenants of the City of Santa Clarita are subject to Los Angeles County’s Temporary Eviction Moratorium, which is detailed below.
The Los Angeles County Temporary Eviction Moratorium, effective to September 30, 2020, implements a Countywide ban on evictions for residential and commercial tenants, including mobile home space renters. During the moratorium, tenants may not be evicted for COVID-19-related non-payment of rent, as well as no fault reasons, nuisance, unauthorized occupants or pets, if related to COVID-19. The moratorium may be extended by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on a month-to-month basis.
This County moratorium applies to the City of Santa Clarita. Read more about the County moratorium and get questions answered on the Los Angeles County Temporary Eviction Moratorium website.
On Monday, August 31, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation that includes targeted protections for tenants to shield them from evictions due to COVID-19-related back rent through February 21, 2021. The law also extends anti-foreclosure protections in the Homeowner Bill of Rights to small landlords. Read the announcement from the Governor’s Office.
The State of California Department of Consumer Affairs has also developed a resource booklet with information regarding housing and eviction protection. Read “California Tenants: A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities.”
LA County has announced the creation of a COVID-19 Rent Relief Program which aims to assist low-income renters who have struggled to pay their rent and/or who are behind on paying rent due to COVID-19. Those who are most at need will be targeted with more assistance. The program will launch on August 17 and close on August 31.
LA County’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program will be operated by the LA County Development Authority (LACDA), and is funded by an allocation of $100 million in CARES Act funding meant to assist between 8,000 and more than 9,000 renting households with limited means.
Requirements: the program is available to all residents of the County who qualify (with the exception of residents living in the City of Los Angeles, as the City also received its own allocation of CARES Act funds). The following is required:
- A W-9
- Participation agreements are needed from the property owners to receive rental income on behalf of their qualified tenant; and
- Property owners must agree to the terms of the participation agreement
To learn more or apply, visit rentrelief.lacda.org or dial 2-1-1. Please note citizenship documentation will not be requested from any party (renter or property owner).
The State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) has resources available for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those who are sick or quarantined, have reduced hours, or are self-employed. See the resources available and apply for unemployment benefits on the EDD’s website.
Residents in Santa Clarita can seek relief on their utility bills from Southern California Edison and SoCalGas. Both utility providers have suspended disconnections for non-payment and are offering account holders flexible payment options for those impacted financially by COVID-19. Please visit Southern California Edison and SoCalGas for more information.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles continues to provide essential services to Californians by mail, through online services and via available kiosks. All field offices in California reopened on June 9, 2020, though some services may be unavailable. Visit the DMV online to confirm available services before going in person.
The Los Angeles Superior Court has begun reopening courthouses and has resumed some operations for trials. Criminal jury trials will not resume until at least August 2020. All in-person services from the Clerk’s Office require an appointment. For specific questions, please visit the Los Angeles Superior Court’s website.
Free Meals for Children
ATTENTION: School Day Cafe’s Summer meal program has ended but it will be providing Grab n Go meals via a drive through service to enrolled students at each school site on the first day of distance learning. Learn more on the School Day Cafe website.
Delivered Meals for Seniors
Through LA County’s Great Plates Delivered, you can help a local senior or business in your community.This meal assistance program offers eligible seniors with three (3) home-delivered meals a day. Seniors over 65, seniors 60-64 years of age who have been diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19, or those at high-risk for COVID-19 may qualify. When you help a senior connect to Great Plates Delivered you’re also helping your local restaurant, hospitality and transportation community get back to work.
To learn more or apply for this program, click here.
Speak to a Los Angeles County Financial Navigator, free of charge, to help manage and address your financial concerns brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and schedule your appointment here.