April 13, the Mayor announced the launch of the “Angeleno Card” by the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. This initiative is funded by private donations and is not a City program.
The Angeleno Card provides direct financial assistance to Angelenos facing extreme economic hardship as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis.
It is to help low-wage hourly workers who had jobs in homes and restaurants, seasonal workers, and other workers such as day laborers, street vendors, or self-employed individuals who are experiencing heightened financial hardship because of COVID-19. This economic hardship may be due to job loss, severe reduction of work hours, or furloughs. This includes Angelenos who qualify for federal and state assistance but may not receive that financial support for weeks or longer.
To be eligible, applicants must provide documentation that confirms that 1) their household is in the City of Los Angeles, 2) their income fell below the Federal Poverty Level per household size before the COVID-19 crisis (see table below), and 3) they have fallen into deeper economic hardship during the crisis because at least one household member lost a job or had a reduction in income of at least 50%. Immigration status is not considered in determining eligibility. Since this program is privately funded, any assistance received is not considered a public benefit and is not subject to the Public Charge rule.
How To Apply for Assistance?
First, visit https://hcidla.lacity.org/ or https://hcidla.lacity.org/family-source-centers and complete the Angeleno Card online application. Applications may only be completed Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. People without internet access or who need help applying online may call 213-252-3040, Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Those who pre-qualify based on their online or telephone applications will be given an in-person appointment at a designated community center. These centers cannot help anyone without an appointment. You will be asked to provide documentation at this in-person meeting, and you may be able to upload pictures or digital copies of documentation in advance.
If there are more “approved” applicants than funds available, recipients of this one-time financial assistance will be randomly selected.
News about the Angeleno Card: Please note that the city website has been having problems.