Posted on 03/18/2020

Mayor partners with City Council to put $20 million in reserve funds into relief efforts — including emergency shelter and supplies — and activates Disaster Service Worker program for City employees.

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this evening that L.A. will add thousands of emergency shelter beds to help get homeless Angelenos indoors more quickly as part of comprehensive efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“Too many Angelenos lack a basic necessity that will help most of us get through this crisis: a home,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We are taking immediate, urgent action to slow the spread of COVID-19 by helping people who are experiencing homelessness come indoors.”

The Mayor highlighted a partnership with the City Council to use $20 million in budget reserve funds on emergency relief efforts — including a plan to add 1,600 emergency shelter beds in thirteen City recreation centers by the end of this week, and scale up to dozens more locations in the coming days with more than 6,000 beds provided by the American Red Cross. To fill the first shelter beds coming online, the City will work with the County, LAHSA, and other partners to identify individuals in the homeless population who face the greatest risk from the novel coronavirus. 

As part of the plan, the Mayor has activated the Disaster Service Worker program, which will place some City employees in temporary roles to assist in these unprecedented efforts. “We have the finest workforce in the world –– and in a moment of profound need, I am grateful to everyone who steps up to help and shows up to lead,” said Mayor Garcetti. 

Mayor Garcetti has taken several emergency measures to help protect Angelenos and slow the spread of COVID-19 — including restrictions placed on bars, nightclubs, restaurants, movie theaters, entertainment venues, bowling alleys and arcades, gyms and fitness centers; and putting limits on public gatherings in City facilities. The Mayor has also taken emergency measures to put a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions of tenants affected by COVID-19.