Families First Agenda Leads to $436 Million in Assistance

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

During this pandemic, as a mom, and as your Council President, working with the City Council to protect our working-poor families and vulnerable communities has been my top priority.

I created an Adhoc Committee on COVID-19 specifically to ensure our families first agenda would be executed to help Angelenos who need it the most through the allocation of federal CARES Act dollars. I have dedicated $436 million in funding to support low-income families, communities of color and single-families and working-moms in LA during the pandemic. Right now, Angelenos can sign up for our $50 million LADWP utilities program to help them pay bills during the holidays, and we provided $103 million in rental assistance to tenants - the largest such program of any city in the nation.

Child care and overseeing distance learning for our kids is difficult for all parents right now, but our working-poor families are in dire need of assistance, especially our moms. That is why I allocated $30 million in child care support, including child care stipends for families, relief grants to help child care providers stay open, and Alternative Learning Sites at 50 Recreation and Park facilities to keep kids safe and secure, and allow them to study through distancing learning while their parents work.

We also provided $42 million to award non-repayable grants to assist small businesses, especially people of color, women and veteran businesses, and nonprofits, including $6 million to assist micro-entrepreneurs, such as street vendors. I allocated an additional $5 million to assist domestic violence and human trafficking victims who have found themselves even more susceptible to abuse during the pandemic.

And we dedicated $200 million in funding to address and provide solutions for the biggest epidemic our city faces: our homeless crisis.

We have a long road to recovery, but as long as I am the President of the Los Angeles City Council, I promise we will continue to help those people and families on the margins, just barely getting by, if at all. They need us the most, they need us now and they will need us tomorrow. We will do all we can. Families First.