CARES Act Funding Allocations


From community testing sites to food for hungry families and seniors, Los Angeles County is investing CARES Act resources across a broad range of programs to meet the needs of residents and communities struggling during an unprecedented pandemic. These investments are being deployed countywide to address not just widespread healthcare needs—including in communities which have been disproportionately affected by the virus—but also the profound economic fallout that has upended life for so many. We’re helping rent-burdened County residents stay housed and assisting the small and micro- businesses, many of them owned by people of color and immigrants, that are a cornerstone of the County’s economy. Explore this website to learn more about where CARES Act resources are making an impact as we navigate this crisis together.

Period covered:
March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020

Total CARES Act funding to date: $1.22 billion

Health, Food Security and Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

Total allocation: $581.3 million

Diagnostic Testing
$169 million to support the ramp up of community-based testing, including testing of people experiencing homelessness and in correctional settings.

Contact Tracing
$75 million to support the Department of Public Health (DPH) contact tracing efforts.

Medical Sheltering
$15 million to support temporary quarantine and isolation housing for people who have been exposed to COVID-19 and must isolate and need assistance from the County to do so.

Department of Health Services Interim Housing Risk Prevention
$3.7 million to support the Department of Health Services (DHS) efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in shelters and other forms of interim housing.

Community PPE
$59 million to provide PPE (personal protective equipment) for countywide and community needs.

Medical PPE and Supplies
$43 million to provide medical supplies, medical equipment, technology and PPE for use in clinical, hospital, administrative and other patient-care settings.

Inspections and Call Center
$12 million to support Public Health’s call center operations and re-opening inspections.

DPH Surveillance
$6 million to support the Department of Public Health’s surveillance efforts.

DPH Communications
$2 million to support the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 communications to L.A. County residents in multiple languages and with a variety of culturally-targeted approaches.

School Districts Reopening Technical Assistance
$3 million to support DPH in providing technical assistance to school districts to assist in reopening efforts.

Domestic Violence Shelter/Service
$5 million to provide funding to domestic violence contractors.

Public Health Councils
$500,000 to support the implementation of the COVID-19 Health Officer Orders.

Community Outreach
$30 million to support grassroots community outreach to ensure that accurate and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 reaches all communities, especially those that are most highly impacted by the virus.

LA Regional Food Bank
$10 million to support the LA Regional Food Bank’s efforts to provide nutritional food to those in need. The County organizes and staffs weekly drive-through food distribution events.

Nutrition and Food Security Programs
$120 million to provide grants to organizations that are providing food-related programs to food insecure populations.

Food support for unsheltered people experiencing homelessness
$2.1 million to support the Department of Health Services’ efforts to provide daily distribution of meals to people experiencing homelessness.

Great Plates Delivered
$15 million to provide meals to older and high-risk adults while also supporting local restaurants and workers during the pandemic.

211 LA County
$3 million to support increased call volume attributed to COVID- 19.

DCBA Media Campaign
$1 million to support communication efforts to inform immigrants and communities of color about wraparound County services.

Election safety
$7 million for emergency protective measures to protect staff and public during the November election.

Housing and Helping to Bridge the Digital Divide

Total allocation: $320.3 million

Project Roomkey and related housing efforts
$158 million to support Project Roomkey and related housing efforts.

Rent Relief
$110 million to provide emergency rental assistance grants to income-eligible households economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

$17.27 million to provide school districts in L.A. County, through the Los Angeles County Office of Education, with computers and hotspots for students.

Laptop Lending Program
$650,000 for the County Library to add laptop kits to the current sidewalk service.

Wi-Fi Extension
$825,000 to support the expansion Wi-Fi connectivity in Library parking lots for residents to use.

Office of Diversion and Reentry Housing
$6 million to support the Office of Diversion and Reentry’s housing program for vulnerable and at-risk clients released from jail (including operational costs)

Maintaining Winter Shelter Sites
$2 million to support extending the Winter Shelter Program operations.

IHSS Bridge Services
$500,000 to provide In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)-type bridge services for Project Roomkey residents.

Homeless Outreach
$5 million to support the Department of Health Services’ Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDTs) in providing COVID-related services to unsheltered people experiencing homelessness.

Child Care
$20 million to provide childcare vouchers to low-income families and essential workers.

Home Visitations
$100,000 for computer devices to support perinatal and early childhood home visitation programs.

Support for Small Businesses, Workers and Community Organizations

Total allocation: $171 million

LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund
$75 million to provide economic relief to small businesses and nonprofits financially impacted by COVID-19.

Transitional Jobs Pandemic Relief Program
$6 million to support a workforce program targeting County residents whose employment has been adversely affected by COVID-19.

Childcare Provider Grant Program
$10 million to provide grant assistance for eligible licensed childcare operators in Los Angeles County, excluding the City of Los Angeles, who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Small Business Revitalization Grant Program
$10 million to provide economic relief to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Temporary Outdoor Dining/Services Program
$1 million to support permit programs to help restaurants and other businesses provide outdoor dining and other services in response to applicable health orders.

Employer Assistance Grant Fund
$54 million to provide grants to eligible businesses to avert layoffs and business closures.

Arts Relief Fund
$12 million to support to the Los Angeles region’s nonprofit arts and creative sectors.

Community-based Organizations (CBOs)
$3 million to support CBOs providing reentry and diversion services that further the County’s “Care First, Jails Last” model.

Funding to Staff Emergency and Community Response

Total allocation: $150 million

Staff performing COVID-related functions
$150 million for salaries and costs for County employees serving as emergency response/disaster service workers.

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