City of Los Angeles
What is the Angeleno Card?
With support from the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, the Angeleno Card provides financial assistance for in-need households via no-fee prepaid cards provided by Mastercard’s City Possible network in amounts determined according to the following table:
Who is eligible for Angeleno Card Assistance?
Households must meet all three of the following criteria to be eligible for assistance through the Angeleno Card initiative:
Households in the City of Los Angeles;
Households with total annual incomes that fell below the federal poverty level prior to the COVID-19 crisis; and
Households that have fallen into deeper economic hardship during the crisis because at least one household member has lost a job or experienced a reduction in income of at least 50%.
We will not ask for immigration status, nor is it considered in determining eligibility. This initiative is funded by private donations and is not a City program. Any assistance through this fund is not considered a public benefit and is not subject to the Public Charge rule.
Households receiving public benefits (including unemployment insurance benefits) may still be eligible for this initiative if their total annual household income falls below the poverty level. Households may be eligible regardless of whether workers within them earn or earned W2 or 1099 income; are or were otherwise independently employed (as domestic workers, day laborers, or street vendors, for example); or are or were seasonal workers in agriculture or tourism who are not working or who have experienced a serious reduction in work hours.
What documentation is required?
You must demonstrate that:
Your household is within the City of Los Angeles
Documents that can be used to meet this requirement include (these are examples — you do not need to provide all of the documents, other documents may be considered, and applicants with no documents may be able to go through a self-certification process):
A valid California Driver’s License or Identification Card with the applicant’s name and an address in the City of Los Angeles;
A tenant lease agreement with the applicant’s name for a home, apartment, room, etc., within the City of Los Angeles;
A utility bill with the applicant’s name, for an address within the City of Los Angeles; or
Postmarked mail addressed to the applicant at an address within the City of Los Angeles.
Your household income fell below the federal poverty level prior to the COVID-19 crisis.
Documents that can be used to meet this requirement include:
Household memebers’ 2018 or 2019 tax returns; or
Information about all wages and public benefits within the household
Proof of wages within the household can include: W2s, 1099s, paychecks (annualized), or self-declarations. Proof of public benefits within the household can include Notice of Public Benefit from CalWorks, General Relief, Unemployment Insurance, Social Security, SSI, or SSDI. Applicants with no documents may be able to go through a self-certification process.
Your household has fallen into deeper economic hardship during the COVID-19 crisis because at least one household member has lost a job or experienced a reduction in income of at least 50%.
Documents that can be used to meet this requirement include (these are examples — you do not need to provide all of the documents listed, other documents may be considered, and applicants with no documents may be able to go through a self-certification process. ):
A layoff letter from an employer;
Contact information for an employer to allow a case manager to make contact and verify a job loss or a reduction in income of at least 50%;
A denial letter for unemployment insurance or other public benefits; or
A referral letter from a non-profit organization such as a day laborer center or domestic worker association stating that the organization knows the applicant has recently lost employment or suffered a reduction in income of at least 50%.
How Do I Apply for Assistance?
First, complete the Angeleno Card Online Application. Applications may only be completed on April 14 – 16, this Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. People without internet access or who need help applying online may call 213-252-3040, this Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Those who pre-qualify based on their online or telephone applications will be given an in-person appointment at a designated community center. These centers cannot help anyone without an appointment. You will be asked to provide documentation at this in person meeting, and you may be able to upload pictures or digital copies of documentation in advance.
Due to limited resources, if the number of qualified individuals exceeds the number of available Angeleno Cards grants, the City of Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department will randomly select among the qualified individuals to receive the Angeleno Card grants. These Angeleno Card grants serve the well-being of the City of Los Angeles community as a whole in charitably helping its residents in need. The Angeleno Card grants are privately funded through donations to the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles and do not consist of any public or taxpayer funds.
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