The Los Angeles Chapter is here to help prepare our community members as much as possible during this difficult time. We have compiled a list of general and API-specific resources, and we will update the page frequently as more resources become available. The State's Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) is dedicated to helping businesses create and retain jobs, as well as encouraging investment in low to moderate-income communities. The City of Los Angeles is also doing its part to ensure that everyone can connect to the Internet during this crisis. Logistics Victory LA (LOVLA) is a resource for the City of Los Angeles that links providers of personal protective equipment related to COVID-19 with businesses, organizations, health centers, and other entities that need supplies.
The Los Angeles Public Library has millions of books, audiobooks, DVDs, and other resources available for public use, and organizes storytelling every day. The Angeleno Connectivity Fund provides free Internet access to thousands of elementary and secondary school children who need it, with a focus on homeless students, those in foster care, young people with disabilities, and young people who have dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out due to lack of connectivity. The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) offers several programs and is closely involved in county initiatives designed to help homeless individuals, families, and veterans get stable housing. The program is a partnership with the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles with support from the T-Mobile 10Million Project. No matter how you're feeling, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health has support services available.
The city's GetConnected site also provides additional resources from the Los Angeles Public Library, participating telecommunications providers, and local organizations that provide support throughout the city. The county Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) and its Bank On Los Angeles County initiative, led by the Center for Financial Empowerment (CFE), aim to connect you with resources to open a secure and affordable bank account. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) provides public health and safety information about the virus. The agency is proud to offer resources such as the Housing Rights Center, anti-discrimination policy, and help filing a complaint available to all residents of Los Angeles County. The SBFC has several programs to support small businesses, such as a disaster loan guarantee, the California Reconstruction Fund, the Jump Start loan program, and more.
This program allows local residents to have access to more space for recreational activities in their neighborhoods while protecting Angelenos from overcrowding on sidewalks and promoting social distancing. We hope that this list of resources will help you start or maintain a community program in Los Angeles County. We will continue to update this page with new information as it becomes available.