People who live within the boundaries of City Council District 13 (shown above) are now eligible for a new rental assistance program that opens to applications today – Monday, October 24. This includes our Greater Wilshire-area communities of Larchmont Village, Ridgewood-Wilton, Oakwood-Maplewood-St. Andrews, St. Andrews Square, Western-Wilton, and Windsor Square, as well as nearby communities including Melrose Hill, Wilshire Center, Hollywood, East Hollywood, and more.
The program, which will provide a total of $3 million to local renters and their mom-and-pop landlords, is funded by the office of City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.
According to the program’s website, eligibility requirements include:
- Tenants’ pre-tax household income for 2021 or 2022 must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), and a tenant must owe their landlord unpaid rent on or after April 1, 2022. (e.g. A family of 2 with an annual household income of up to $76,250 would qualify. A family of 4 less with a household income of up to $95,300 would also qualify.)
- The program will pay $5,000 in rental aid for eligible households.
- Applications can be filed online, by telephone, or via smartphone. Applicants who do not have access to a computer can apply by calling the Rental Assistance hotline, which opened at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 24, 2022. The Hotline will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Applications will be accepted online from 8:00 a.m. Monday, October 24, 2022, through Friday, November 4, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.
- Renters living in apartments, single-family homes and condominiums may apply.
- Applicants must provide documentation that they live in the rental unit and pay rent. (This could be either a lease or rental agreement, or “some other document that connects them to that address, such as a notice from the landlord or a utility bill.”)
- Tenants need to be behind in rent that was due on or after April 1, 2022.
- Tenants will need also need to provide:
– Proof of identification, such as a government or military ID
– Proof of past due rent owed to the landlord on or after April 1, 2022, such as a landlord notice, rent receipt, or rental ledger, etc.
– Proof of household income, such as a tax return, 1099 form or employer contact information, etc.
– A signed and completed CD 13 Rental Subsidy Tenant Participation Agreement.
For more information on required documents and alternatives, see the program’s application form.
Other important information:
- Subtenants are eligible to apply, but the property landlord will receive the payments, not the master tenant on the lease.
- Payments will be made directly to the landlord to whom rent is paid. Their information must be included on the application.
- The financial assistance provided is a grant, not a loan. It does not need to be repaid.
- Renters who receive Section 8 housing choice vouchers, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), or live in project-based Section 8 or public housing are eligible to participate in the program.
As mentioned above, mom-and-pop landlords are also eligible to apply for assistance. According to the website, ““Mom & Pop” landlord is defined as owning no more than four rental units plus a single-family home in the City of Los Angeles.” Like tenant applications, landlords are eligible to receive up to $5,000 per tenant household.
Landlord applicants must provide:
- Proof of Identification
- Proof of property ownership
- A completed W-9 form
- Proof of the tenant’s past due rent on or after April 1, 2022
- A completed CD 13 Rental Aid Landlord Participation Agreement.
For more information, see the website and application form links above.
About Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.
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