Special Edition: Hate Crime Response & Resources

Our Mission Is To Maintain And Strengthen The City’s Diversity, Equity, And Accountability.
On Friday, I hosted ‘No Place For Hate’, a live conversation led by LA Civil Rights with city and AAPI community leaders about hate against the Asian Americans and Pacific Islander community and how LA is responding. You can watch it here.
The data is clear – hate against Asian Americans is reaching an all-time high. In 2020 alone, hate crimes against AAPIs increased in the City of Los Angeles by 114%. This comes after five years of increasing hate in LA – and when any one group in Los Angeles is stigmatized – we all suffer.
LA Civil Rights stands in firm solidarity with the AAPI community, and anyone facing hate in Los Angeles. We are working to not only respond to hate, but proactively build a more resilient and equitable city where all communities feel empowered, included and safe. It was inspiring to see our city leaders stand together and make clear that hate has no home in Los Angeles.
‘No Place For Hate’ was our department’s third anti-hate event – but it is far from our last. In the coming weeks, I will be excited to share with you some of the programs and initiatives that LA Civil Rights is working on to turn the tide of hate and support Los Angeles’ diverse communities.
Because Los Angeles belongs to all of us – and all of us build a better Los Angeles.
– Capri Maddox
Executive Director,
Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department
WATCH: No Place For Hate
No Place For Hate featured Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer, Councilmember Nithya Raman, LAPD Chief Bea Girmala, Manjusha Kulkarni of Stop AAPI Hate. It includes critical information on how to report a hate crime or incident, steps the city is taking to protect victims, and resources available for victims, communities and allies.
Tools for reporting a hate crime or incident:
Report a hate crime or hate incident to LAPD. All LAPD officers are trained to take hate crime and hate incident reports. Report a hate crime at any police station or by calling 9-1-1. You can also call the LAPD tipline at 877-529-3835.
Report a hate crime or hate incident to LA County. Los Angeles County collects reports regarding hate crimes, hate incidents, and bias-motivated behavior. By filing a report as a victim, witness, or advocate for a victim of hate crimes, hate acts, or bullying, reporters will be referred to resources in their local community and have the option to receive personalized follow up from a 211 care coordinator. Information can be submitted anonymously online, by calling 2-1-1, or by calling (800) 339-6993.
Report anti-Asian hate online at Stop AAPI Hate or at Asian Americans Advancing Justice. They provide in-language support including Korean, Chinese, Tagalog, and more. Report discriminatory incidents based on religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or level of ability to the Anti-Defamation League.
Find more resources and information at civilandhumanrights.lacity.org/stophate.
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Friday, March 26, 2021
Media Contact:
Sandra Mendoza I sandra.mendoza@lacity.org

to assist low-income renters who have been economically impacted by COVID-19

LOS ANGELES – The City of Los Angeles’ Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) announced today that the City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will be accepting new applications beginning at 8:00 AM, Tuesday, March 30th, and closing at 11:59 PM, Friday, April 30, 2021.
The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the federal government and the State of California, has created a new emergency rental assistance program to assist low-income renters who have been unable to pay their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City’s 2021 ERAP is for LA renters and rental property owners and will be administered by HCIDLA. The program is providing $235,500,000 in federal and state emergency rental assistance funds to support low income households in paying rent arrears for renters  impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is open to all low income renters living in the City of Los Angeles, regardless of immigration status.
Households must meet the following program requirements to qualify for renters assistance in this round:
  1. Residents of the City of Los Angeles, regardless of immigration status.
  2. One or more adults within the household have experienced unemployment or a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  3. The household income is at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI). Priority will be given to households with lower incomes at or below 30% of AMI, followed by those earning less than 50%. Subject to funding availability, applications may be opened later to households earning up to 80% of AMI.
Income qualification for the City’s ERAP: the combined household incomes of all adults (18 and over) must be 50% or less of the Area Median Income, adjusted for household size. These figures are defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (Effective April 2020).


Option A: A cooperative approach for tenants and landlords to participate in the COVID-19 Emergency Rent Relief Program together. Program payments will be made to landlords to reimburse 80% of eligible renters’ unpaid rent accrued between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, however, the landlord must agree to waive the remaining 20% of the unpaid rent for that same period of time.

Either landlords or tenants can initiate applications. Assistance amounts will be based on the amount of back rent owed. Program funds will be paid directly to the tenant’s landlord on behalf of the tenant, provided the landlord agrees to the program terms.

Option B: Available to eligible renters after their landlords have declined to participate, payments will be limited to 25% of the unpaid rent that was accrued between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, as well as financial assistance to pay 25% of up to three months’ future rent from April – June 2021.

City of Los Angeles renters, and landlords applying on behalf of their tenants, are encouraged to apply online at the HCIDLA website at: hcidla.lacity.org beginning March 30th through April 30th, 2021.

Applicants with limited online access can call the ERAP Hotline 833-373-0587, from 8 AM to 8 PM, starting Tuesday, March 30th through April 30th. TTY will also be available for persons with hearing or speech impairments. Applications and phone support will also be available in multiple languages.


Applications received between March 30 and April 9 will be selected through a randomized process to determine the order of review for the first group. Applications received from April 10th through April 30 will be selected through a second randomized process. The last day to apply for this round April 30, 2021.

Priority will be given to tenants who earn less than 30% of the area median income and to households who have experienced ninety (90) days or more of unemployment.

Regardless of participation in any rental assistance program, all tenants impacted by COVID-19 are still protected by both city and state emergency renter protections currently in effect.

The ERAP is for City of L.A. residents only. Tenants who live in the greater LA County area (87 cities), but do not live in the City of L.A., can apply for rental assistance with the State of California at: housingiskey.com, or through their own City program if available.

To verify that an address is in the City of Los Angeles, visit: neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org.  For more information and “Frequently Asked Questions” about the program, visit hcidla.lacity.org. Public inquiries about the program, can be submitted to: Ask-HCIDLA (hcidla.lacity.org/ask-hcidla).

Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) promotes livable and prosperous communities through the development and preservation of decent, safe, and affordable housing, neighborhood investment and social services. For more information, contact HCIDLA Monday through Friday, at (213) 808-8808, or toll-free at (866) 557-7368. More information about HCIDLA programs and services can be found on the HCIDLA website at hcidla.lacity.org.

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Accessing Resources from the American Rescue Plan

News from Representative Bass


Earlier this month, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law. You and your family may benefit from many of the resources provided – the package included money for households, small business loans, housing assistance, money for California to continue unemployment payments, and more.

I held a telephone town hall soon after the bill became law to explain what you might expect, and how to find help. Resource providers and a state senator joined in, and now I am making a recording of that event available in case you missed it, or want to listen again.

Click here for recording.

In case you want to reach out directly, my guests included:

California State Senator Sydney Kamlager-Dove: https://sd30.senate.ca.gov/
Phone: (916) 651-4030
(Click here to find your state representative)

Neighborhood Housing Service: https://nhslacounty.org/
Phone: 888-895-2647

Community Clinic Association of LA County: https://ccalac.org/
Phone: (213) 201-6500

I hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and, as soon as it is safe for us to gather, I look forward to seeing you in person!



Karen Bass
Member of Congress
37th Congressional District of California

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