• LA Rent Assistance & Business Grants – Deadline Aug. 31
• Share Census Info with Clients
• Extensions: Eviction Moratorium Extended to Sept. 30
• SB County Business Partnership Deadline Aug. 31; Beat the Heat; Food & Supply Assistance thru Aug. 29.
• Riverside County School Waivers
Census & Your Community: Why is it essential to your community to complete the Census? Responses to the Census are used to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to communities for:
🚑 Hospitals and health programs
🛣 Road maintenance
👵🏽 Senior services
… and the 2020 Census will also be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.
Filling out the 2020 Census form is easy! Do it online or by phone, and it’s available in an array of languages. The survey asks simple questions like your name, age, sex, and date of birth, as well as the details of the people who live with you. Under federal Census law, your responses are kept confidential and can only be used to produce statistics.
At this stage, Census takers have begun visiting houses across the country where people have not yet responded to the 2020 Census.
Here is some helpful info on how to identify a legitimate Census taker.
Unemployment Taxed – If you’re receiving unemployment for the first time, remember that by law, unemployment compensation is taxable and must be reported on a federal income tax return. Taxable benefits include any of the special unemployment compensation authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted this spring.
Any recipient may choose to have a flat 10% withheld from their benefits to cover part or all of their tax liability. To do that, fill out Form W-4V, Voluntary Withholding Request (PDF), and give it to the agency paying the benefits. Don’t send it to the IRS. If the payor has its own withholding request form, use it instead. For more details click here.
LA Renters – To help renters with limited income due to the COVID-19 crisis, the LA County Board of Supervisors created a new COVID-19 Rent Relief program that began Aug. 17. Applications will be accepted from LA County residents for two weeks only, closing on Aug. 31, 2020.
The Rent Relief program is available to all residents of the County who qualify, with the exception of residents living in the City of Los Angeles (the City also received funding to provide its own rent relief program).
To receive rental income on behalf of qualified tenants, property owners need to agree to participate in the program, submit a W-9 form and a tenant-signed participation agreement. Citizenship documentation will NOT be requested from any party (renter or property owner).
To view the LA County Development Authority session on Facebook, click here!
Before applying, click here to view FAQs, or call 2-1-1.
LA Business Grants – The application portal for Round 4 opened Aug. 17, for the LA COVID Fund that will deploy $3 million in grants available at $5,000 for micro-entrepreneurs and $15,000 for small businesses and non-profits operating in Los Angeles County over the course of four (4) months. Learn more at LACOVIDfund.org.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): C.A.R. provides instructions here on reopening a claim.
CRMLS Update: Visit the CRMLS COVID-19 Resources page for up-to-date information affecting the real estate industry.
Opening Offices: Based on updates to the State’s Industry Guidance for Real Estate Transactions made in July, C.A.R.’s legal team revised the Reopening Brokerage Offices FAQ.
Check to see if your city or county has stricter rules. C.A.R.’s list of city and county ordinances.
See C.A.R.’s latest updates on Coronavirus COVID-19, call the new hotline for questions: (213) 351-8450.
Industry Guidance on Showings: Click Here
Closures Continue: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura are among counties instructed to close indoor operations, including restaurants, wineries, salons, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. Those businesses can still operate outdoors.
Masks must be worn by anyone in public settings. See the guidance here. The state has also issued guidance documents on personal services.
DRE Deadlines Extended: Gov. Gavin Newsom extended several Department of Real Estate (DRE) statutory deadlines. The Executive Order extends the following until Dec. 31, 2020:
- Timeframes associated with examination application expiration dates
- Timeframes associated with license expiration dates
- Deadlines related to the payment of license application fees
- Deadlines related to the payment of license renewal fees
- Deadlines related to completing continuing education requirements for expiring licensees
- Deadlines specified in existing Orders issued by the Real Estate Commissioner
Updated frequently asked questions are forthcoming on the Department’s COVID-19 resource page. For real-time updates, follow the department on Facebook and Twitter.
Main St. Lending – Effective June 15, the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program became operational to support small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The loans will be made by federally insured banks and savings associations and credit unions that apply to participate in the program. The minimum loan amount is $250,000, and available until September 30, 2020. For more information: NAR’s Main Street Lending Program Quick Reference Guide.
LA County: Air-conditioning is the No. 1 way to prevent heat-related illness, but not everyone has access to it when they need it. That’s why LA County has set up Emergency Cooling Centers across the region. For locations, visit ready.lacounty.gov/heat or call 211.
Riverside County: Starting today, Aug. 24, elementary schools can apply for a waiver to conduct in-person classes. For more county updates click here.
Riverside Businesses: A program designed to help restaurants in Riverside stay open outdoors in accordance with state requirements has been expanded to assist retail and service businesses. The Temporary Outdoor Flex Space Program allows for business operations on both private land and in the public rights‐of‐way while adhering to public safety and physical distancing requirements. There is no initial cost for the initial Temporary Outdoor Flex-Space Permit. Click for details.
The City Clerk Passport Office is open for appointment-only services. Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, walk-in services cannot be accommodated.
Other COVID News.
San Bernardino County: Beat the Heat – The County website has this list of indoor cooling centers, each with their own operating hours and restrictions. With conditions constantly in flux due to COVID-19, be sure to call the venue before visiting. Seniors can also take advantage of the Senior Information and Assistance Hotline at 1-800-510-2020.
Food & Supplies: A “Pull Up and Pick Up” drive-through event distributing free groceries and other items to up to 500 families in need will take place 9 a.m.-noon, Aug. 29, at Spirit of Love Church, 2898 N. E. St., San Bernardino. Reservations are required: to register or volunteer, contact: Yoselyn Aldama at (909) 513-4416 or (909) 723-1543.
Sponsors include Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy, Spirit of Love Church, Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County, Listos California and Family and Kids Foundation. Participants will receive food, soaps, lotions, beverages, toys, children’s clothing and school supplies, according to a news release.
Billboard Message: Motorists should notice a new series of billboards that the County has launched asking residents to help fight COVID-19 by getting tested. Whether you are showing symptoms are not, the more we can all get tested, the better chance we have to get San Bernardino County off the state’s Monitoring List. The billboards have been generously donated by General Outdoor Advertising who has been a valuable partner is helping keep our communities informed.
The County’s Education, Engagement and Enforcement (EEE) plan has gotten off to a rousing start, with officials from Environmental Health Services (EHS) visiting almost 1,650 businesses during the program’s first two weeks. The response from business owners and managers has been overwhelmingly favorable.
The EEE was developed to help local businesses understand the steps they need to take to comply with various state mandates, all of which are designed to limit spread of COVID-19. While the program largely focuses on high-risk businesses such as bars, restaurants and gyms, the EHS team has also responded to citizen reports of businesses that appear to be ignoring public health mandates.
The county recently made adjustments to its COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program to make it available to even more business owners. The extended application deadline is now October 31, 2020. Some of the major revisions to the program include:
All nonprofits with a storefront or physical space are now be eligible to participate.
Short Term Rentals (STRs) are now be eligible to participate at a lower level of funding. The financial support is $500 for each STR owner to offset costs of safety improvements and increased sanitization requirements.
Sole proprietors with no employees are now eligible if they have a retail space or storefront.
Home-based businesses that service customers are now eligible.