Establishing a COVID-19 Emergency Eviction Defense Fund

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

The City Council will vote Tuesday on my motion to approve $10 million to create a COVID-19 Emergency Eviction Defense program to provide legal aid to renters facing eviction proceedings that we know are coming. I want thank Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Paul Koretz, for their partnership, longtime work and advocacy and support on this action, as well as Councilmember Herb Wesson.

Even with the state’s stop-gap action that is expected to be approved by the legislature today, Angelenos need our assistance. These are people who are struggling to stay above water – many are immigrants, Latinos, Black, and low-income residents who have been hardest hit by COVID-19. People have lost family members, are sick themselves or lost their jobs. They desperately need our help. 

During this COVID-19 pandemic, this City Council has moved quickly to protect Angelenos by putting into place an eviction moratorium, a private-right-of-action for tenants, a renter’s relief program, a 12-month payback period, and no-fault evictions. 

Last week, the City Council extended our local emergency and eviction moratorium through the end of September. As Council President, I am committed to ensuring the City continues to take action and provide assistance however we can.