As the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some residents are still in need of assistance.
If you need help with rent, mortgage, food or other essential items, there are programs available to you at the local, state and federal level. These funds are designated to help those affected by the pandemic – if you are in need, please apply!
Assistance Programs through the City of Lynwood
Housing and Utility Assistance: This program offers a one-time per household grant for low- to moderate-income households whose family members lost their jobs or were temporary furloughed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Through this program, the funding of up to $9,000 or a maximum six (6) months, whichever is less, to assist tenants with rental/utility payments and up to $12,000 or a maximum six (6) months, whichever is less, to assist homeowners who own and occupy their single-family detached home with mortgage/utility payment will be made available. The program payments will be paid directly to the provider of such services on behalf of the low- to moderate-income household.
Application can be found here: http://lynwood.ca.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Housing-Utility-Assistance-Program.pdf
Essential Goods Reimbursement: Under this program, the City will provide a one-time maximum $300 reimbursement of essential goods purchased from a licensed business within Lynwood by low- and moderate-income households who lost their job or were temporary furloughed due to the COVID-19 crisis. The reimbursement can cover such things as food, paper products, health and medical supplies, and essential goods as determined by the City. The reimbursement will not cover such things as alcohol, tobacco products, or similar products of this nature. This program will assist both residents and local businesses.
Application can be found here: http://lynwood.ca.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Essential-Goods-Reimbursement-Program.pdf
Small Business Assistance Program: Provide a one-time grant for the payment of commercial rent to qualified micro enterprises with five employees or less. The City will provide up to $10,000 or a maximum six (6) months, whichever is less, for commercial rent. To be eligible, the recipient business must have been in operation prior to March 1, 2020; have a valid Lynwood Business License; have a verifiable loss of revenue due to COVID-19; and have not received other assistance for the same commercial rent. Businesses must meet one of the following to be eligible for assistance:
1. The business is located in a HUD-defined low- and moderate-income area and provides a service to the immediate surrounding residential neighborhood (see attached maps); or
2. 51% of the business’ employees on payroll are from a low- and moderate-income household (80% or below); or
3. The business owner’s current income is low- to moderate-income (80% or below).
Ineligible businesses would include liquor stores and chain/franchise businesses.
For more info and application: http://lynwood.ca.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Small-Business-Assistance-Program.pdf
Burial Costs: Provide funds (maximum onetime $2,125 per household) toward the reimbursement of burial costs for low- to moderate-income households who lost a relative to COVID-19.
Los Angeles County Resources
To see a list of assistance resources in Los Angeles County, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/resources.htm
Assistance Programs Through the State of California
California provides assistance for utilities, food assistance, stimulus payments, unemployment insurance and eviction safeguards.
To find out more about the programs available, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/get-financial-help/
Assistance Programs Through the Federal Government
The federal government offers small business assistance programs as well as financial assistance for housing, food and utilities.
To find out more about federal programs available, visit: https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus