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City of Los Angeles Landlords May Now Apply for Rental Assistance Through the Statewide Housing is Key Program
By Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP

The changes to AB 832 placed several new requirements on funding providers in how they manage and distribute program funding. With the deadline of September 15th looming, several jurisdictions, including the City of Los Angeles, have opted to move to the statewide “Housing is Key” program rather than complying with the deadline. The Resources for Renters/Landlords section of the website specifically call out Los Angeles as being able to apply for funding as of today’s date. This is a welcome relief to Los Angeles landlords who have been prevented from receiving funds since the City closed its program to new applications on April 30, 2021.

According to the City of Los Angeles, priority for assistance will be to landlords who previously applied to the LA City program before April 30, 2021, who have not received approval funds. If your status with the LA City program states referred to apply to Housing is Key, then that application will be able to proceed on September 1, 2021 priority. The Housing is Key website will require landlords and renters to create a new account and provide the required information supported by documentation as this will likely not be transferred from the local programs. The application from the website may be located here. If landlords or tenants need assistance with the application, they may contact the Emergency Renters Assistance Program (ERAP) hotline at (833) 430-2122. Assistance is available in English as well as other languages.

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