Council President celebrates opening of the Housing Is Key rental assistance portal for LA residents

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

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Council President, LA City, State of California to celebrate opening of the Housing Is Key rental

Council President Martinez and representatives from the Mayor’s office and the State of California announced the reopening of the rent relief application portal due to a newly established partnership to expand access to rent relief funds.

LOS ANGELES – LA City Council President Nury Martinez, alongside representatives from the Mayor’s office and the State of California, announced the reopening of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in partnership with the statewide Housing is Key program. This partnership will ensure that all qualified applicants who have already applied for assistance are able to access funding. It will also allow Angelenos who have not previously applied for funding to submit an application starting today.

“After Los Angeles created the largest renters relief program in the nation, this city-state partnership continues the promise that we made to Angelenos early in the pandemic: we will get through this,” said Council President Martinez. “Through the Housing is Key program, money will get into the hands of renters and landlords who desperately need it, and bring working families one step closer to recovery.”

The new agreement enables Angelenos to tap into the $5.2 billion in emergency rental relief funds that the state received from the federal government. This newly accessible funding ensures that all Angelenos who are eligible for the relief will receive it. Moving forward, the state will be responsible for processing applications and distributing relief funds for Angelenos. Priority will be given to City of LA residents who originally applied to the city’s program by April 30, 2021.

“Angelenos have endured immeasurable grief and loss because of COVID-19, and we must do everything in our power to make sure no one loses their home to this pandemic,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “To every Angeleno who has had their livelihood upended, we can assure you now that more help is here. Starting today, every Angeleno who is eligible for rental assistance can once again access this vital source of support to get back on their feet.”

Throughout the pandemic, the city has continued to look for ways to support residents through various rent relief and eviction defense initiatives. Last year, the city established the largest rental assistance program in the nation, totaling approximately $362 million that continues to be disbursed.

“We are very excited that the City of Los Angeles has joined the California COVID-19 Rent Relief program,” said Lourdes Castro Ramírez, Secretary of the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. “We share a common goal – to make sure that every household that needs rent and utility assistance can get it quickly. Our partnership will continue to get stronger as we work to serve Angelenos struggling to stay in their homes during these trying times.”

“We are in a most critical time and must support Angelenos so they remain housed in this pandemic, and that’s why we greatly appreciate the proactive steps the City of Los Angeles has taken to ensure its residents can access all of our state resources beginning today,” said Gustavo Velasquez, Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

Prior to this partnership, the City of Los Angeles had a demand for rental assistance that exceeded the city’s allocated funding. This new partnership with the state will give Angelenos access to a much larger pool of resources to ensure that all qualified demand for the program is met.

City of Los Angeles renters and landlords will be able to apply for assistance through the state program via or through State ERAP hotline at (833) 430-2122, where help is available in multiple languages. Renters who previously applied to the city’s program will be provided with detailed instructions on next steps. More information is available at