Los Angeles City Council approved $10 million for the forgiveness of trash pick-up debts that low-income Los Angeles residents incurred in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a Chief Legislative Analyst report, approximately 23,000 Bureau of Sanitation account are eligible for funding. This funding totals $7.95million in debt for trash pick-up services. Friday’s allocation included $8 million to forgive this debt and $2,000,000 for debt relief in fiscal 2019.
“Although we are in a much better place now as a city, families are still hurting from the pandemic,”Nury Martinez, President of the Council. “These funds are coming to Angelenos at a crucial time when so many communities are focused on finding financial stability. Whether it’s paying for trash to be picked up or helping our neighbors keep the lights on, this city is committed to seeing Angelenos through to the other side of this pandemic”
Martinez’ office announced that the relief will be applied automatically to customers who are eligible by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. This happens in either late June or early juillet. Customers who are qualified for the relief do not need to take action.
“We understand that many customers were hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic and these funds will go a long way toward providing much needed relief to thousands of customers,” said LADWP General Manager and Chief Engineer Martin Adams.
“We also encourage any customer who remains behind on their LADWP bill to sign-up for an extended payment plan at www.ladwp.com/cares”