Housing and Helping to Bridge the Digital Divide
From Project Roomkey and winter shelters to rent relief for struggling residents, we are investing heavily to help people stay housed, get housed or come in from the cold. At the same time, we’re bridging the digital divide by providing millions to school districts for student computers and hotspots, while also funding a laptop lending program and Wi-Fi in library parking lots.
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$10 million was allocated to the LA County Development Authority to provide grant assistance to licensed childcare operators experiencing economic hardship due to COVID-19. These grants provided economic assistance to maintain facilities with available childcare slots and played a key role in helping to sustain trained early childhood educators. The program highlighted the fact that childcare providers are an essential sector of the businesses community.
$110 million in funding was allocated to provide emergency rental assistance grants to income-eligible County households economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic through job loss, furlough, or reduction in hours or pay. Emergency rental assistance grants are rental payments made on behalf of an income-eligible household, up to $10,000 to maintain housing and/or to reduce rental payment delinquency in areas as a result of economic downturn during the pandemic. To date, 11,007 applicants have received grants. Here’s how the grants were distributed across Supervisorial Districts.