LOS ANGELES:- Businessman, housing specialist and former Metro Board Member Mel Wilson called on Governor Newsom and President Biden to require recipients of COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funds, both landlords and tenants, to be vaccinated. Wilson is a candidate for mayor of Los Angeles.
“Newsom and Biden have demonstrated bold leadership on mandating vaccinations,” said Wilson. “It’s time for executive actions to require recipients of COVID-19 emergency rental assistance funds to be vaccinated. If you take government money, you take its medicine.”
“These one-time rental assistance payments are related to the pandemic. They won’t last forever. We all have to do our part to beat COVID-19 and get back to normal,” added Wilson. “The unvaccinated are getting infected, spreading the Delta variant and setting back our economic recovery.”
Wilson on City’s Failure to Administer ERAP Funds: “Unacceptable”
After failing to process and distribute roughly three-quarters of the $236 million in ERAP funds, the City of Los Angeles relinquished its role in administering ERAP funds and passed on responsibility to the state in August.
The state opened up a second round of applications for $259 million in ERAP funds on September 1st. The emergency rental assistance program is a joint state-federal operation.
Wilson previously labeled the failure of the City’s elected leaders to disburse rental assistance funding as “unacceptable.” In describing the City’s failures to help tenants and mom and pop housing providers, Wilson stated “Rental assistance recipients need our help and we need their cooperation. The bulk of the money is owed to mom and pop housing providers who can’t afford to subsidize the pandemic.” Wilson continued, “Keeping families in their homes provides a lifeline and helps stop the spread of the virus.”
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