LA County is looking at ways to help low-income residents pay off rental debt racked up during pandemic

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With a state moratorium on evictions set to expire at the end of the month LA County is looking at ways to help low-income residents pay off rental debt racked up during the pandemic.

According to some estimates, LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis says tenants in the County owe nearly a billion dollars in rent debt.

"And unless we resolve the debt and help tenants get back on their feet, the same communities that have been hardest hit by the pandemic will be held back by debt for years to come," she says.

She says they urgently need to come up with an out-of-the-box strategy.

"It comes up with solutions to stretch the federal rental assistance funding as far as possible and help us resolve the rent debt," she says.

Her motion, which was approved by the board, directs county lawyers to work with the CEO and other departments to report back on several things including all legal options the County may pursue to fully eliminate residential COVID rental debt.