(LOS ANGELES) (June 10, 2011)—A new program to help moderate-income renters remain in their homes has been launched by the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department in partnership with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), one of largest law firms serving poor and low-income residents in Los Angeles County. The new program called the Los Angeles Homelessness Prevention Initiative, or "LA 50-80," is aimed at providing monetary assistance to individuals and families with moderate income who are at risk of losing their rental housing, and need emergency assistance. The monetary awards will pay up to three months of rent owed by an individual or household facing eviction for failure-to-pay rent. The individual or household must have income between 50-80 percent of median income for the family size, and must reside in the City of Los Angeles.
Please call the City-operated Family Source Centers located in West Los Angeles (310) 246-1918; Van Nuys (818) 786-4098; Canoga Park (818) 887-3872 to see if you qualify for the program.
"Our goal is to help prevent homelessness for individuals and families in crisis due to the recession, job loss or other emergencies," said Christian Abasto, Managing Attorney for LAFLA’s Housing & Eviction Defense Units. "We are on the frontline fighting to preserve the dignity of these families."
Recent data collected by LAFLA shows that nonpayment of rent is the single largest reason for eviction. Today, many renters, including many who may have been in the moderate income range, are facing eviction on account of the economic crisis that has resulted in job loss, salary reduction, and loss of medical insurance. Others are unable to pay their rent due to unstable family situations brought on by ongoing health problems (including mental health), substance abuse, domestic violence, or by personal debt.