Woodland HIlls test site

Drivers take COVID-19 tests at the Woodland Hills test site on Monday, November 9, 2020. L.A. County declares a surge in coronavirus cases. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Nov. 10, approved a new round of more than $65 million in federal CARES Act funding.

The funding enables the county to continue its response to COVID-19, providing a range of services, from rental assistance, food and childcare to efforts to fund county employees who provide essential services.

Federal emergency stimulus money has become critical for the county to buoy its finances as virus has forced the shutdown of many sectors of the economy.

In July, the board approved a $1.22 billion spending plan for coronavirus relief funds. Those funds were allocated to the county from the federal CARES act, approved by Congress early on in the pandemic.

In September, the board approved a spending plan totaling $129.7 million.

“The COVID-19 crisis paints a stark portrait of inequity that comes after years of long-term neglect in our communities of color that can no longer be denied or minimized,” Supervisors Hilda Solis said in a statement. “Funding from the CARES Act provides us an opportunity to address the COVID-19 pandemic through an equity lens, allowing us to prioritize communities that have been underserved and underinvested for far too long.”

The latest allocations came as the virus is surging again in Los Angeles County.

The breakdown includes:

  • $30.1 million to further support of families and seniors hit hard by the  pandemic, by expanding rental assistance, food programs, childcare vouchers, and bridging the digital divide;
  • $25 million for additional support of small businesses, childcare providers, and non-profits that have been impacted due to County’s Health Officer Orders; and
  • $10.1 million to continue to fund public health services to prevent infection of COVID-19.

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