We’re keeping physically distant but staying socially connected

On March 15, 2020 L.A. Mayor Garcetti issued a “safer-at-home” emergency order in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. InnerCity Struggle followed suit and we closed our physical space temporarily. Our community organizing, however, has not stopped. Now, more than ever we are dedicated to staying connected, taking care of one another, and working together for a better tomorrow. In the immediate, and in the aftermath of COVID-19,  InnerCity Struggle is dedicated to advance solutions to bring quality health care, housing security, an equitable education, and an end to mass incarceration for all Eastside residents and their families. 


California and Los Angeles city residents protections due to COVID-19

If you cannot afford rent, your landlord cannot evict you

As of March 4, 2020, landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants for nonpayment in the city of Los Angeles. Eviction protections apply to all rental units in the city. 

If you cannot pay rent, submit a letter to your landlord within 7 days

If you have not done so already, please send a letter immediately to your landlord explicitly stating that your loss of income is due to the COVID-19. 

If you need support, Los Angeles City residents should call (866)-557-7368. 

Sample Letter to Landlord

Your landlord cannot increase your rent at this time.

Effective March 30, 2020, renters across the city of Los Angeles are protected from unjust rent increase in this time of a health crisis. Rent stabilization protection applies only to rental units subject to the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) and is subject up to 60 days after the local emergency expires.


Los Angeles County protections due to COVID-19

Residents in Unincorporated Los Angeles cannot be evicted for non-payment 

On April 14, 2020, the Board of Supervisors extended the previous moratorium on evictions and rent freeze to now cover all residential and commercial tenants in Los Angeles County, including mobile home residents, except those who live or conduct business in cities that have already enacted their own eviction moratorium. The moratorium includes a ban on evictions for:

  • Nonpayment of rent, if the tenant can show they have been financially impacted by the health emergency
  • No Fault reasons, such as owner/relative move-in or Ellis Act evictions
  • Violations due to additional occupants, pets or nuisance related to COVID-19

The county eviction moratorium and rent freeze are effective March 4, 2020 through March 31, 2020 unless extended by the Board of Supervisors. Renters also now have 12 months after the moratorium ends to pay any back rent.

For more details about the Board’s recent actions and other landlord-tenant issues, please contact the L.A. County Disaster Help Center. Call (833) 238-4450; email [email protected]; or visit lacountyhelpcenter.org

You have increased rights as a worker

On April 28, the LA County Board of Supervisors passed a motion so that all workers in unincorporated LA County will now be entitled to 2 weeks of supplemental paid sick leave.

At the City Level, laid-off janitorial, hotel workers, & others in the hospitality & building services industries won right of recall & worker retention on April 29th.

Resources for Undocumented Residents

CHIRLA’s Directory: Resources during COVID-19/Recursos durante COVID-19

Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs COVID-19 Information and Resources for Immigrant and Refugee Angelenos

On April 15, Governor Newsom announced the development of a $125 million statewide Disaster Relief Assistance fund to provide financial support for undocumented workers affected by COVID-19. The funds will be disbursed through a community-based model. More information to come soon.


Applications for California’s Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants launched on May 18, 2020 through a community-based model. Eligible Californians may receive one-time COVID-19 disaster relief assistance at a value of $500. A limit of two adults per household can receive this assistance (maximum assistance of $1,000 per household).

Assistance will be available until the funding is spent or until June 30, 2020, at the latest. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

The following three L.A. County organizations are supporting the community with processing your application:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles

CARECEN (Central American Resource Center) (tel. 213-315-2659)

CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights) (tel. 213-201-8700)


How to Apply for Unemployment

For information about unemployment benefits and to submit an unemployment insurance claim, click here.


Stimulus Check Resources

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County: COVID-19 Stimulus Check FAQ



The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the County of Los Angeles and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), is providing free COVID-19 testing to ALL Los Angeles County residents, whether or not you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

LA County residents who have symptoms of COVID-19 are given priority to free, same-day tests.  Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Community members cannot be denied COVID-19 testing regardless of their:

  • Immigration status
  • Insurance status
  • Age
  • Underlying health issues

Appointments are required and can be scheduled here.


Mutual Aid

Join the waitlist for the Street Vendor’s Relief Fund by emailing [email protected] 

Mobility Aid: Grocery and Supply Runs

Contact (707)390-0269 or email [email protected] 

@peopleforpeoplelosangeles offers assistance to people that absolutely cannot leave their homes during the COVID-19 viral pandemic. Their trusted volunteers will pick up your groceries, medical supplies, or anti-bacterial wipes and soap. 


Food Access

Food Resources for Los Angeles County- COVID-19 Response


Comprehensive Resource Guides

InnerCity Struggle’s COVID-19 Youth Resource Guide

InnerCity Struggle’s COVID-19 Family Resource Guide

LA County COVID 19 Resource Guide