Los Angeles rental assistance: Residents can apply beginning Sept. 1

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de Leon and Assemblyman Miguel Santiago announced Friday that the city's decision to hand over its rental assistance program to the California Department of Housing and Community Development would allow checks to get to qualified applicants quicker.

On Aug. 7, de Leon and Santiago criticized the city's program for its slow pace, saying that at the rate payments were being issued, the program wouldn't be complete for 18 months.