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Struggling with mortgage payments? California offers relief program for homeowners

California homeowners struggling to make payments can apply for assistance with the California Mortgage Relief Program.

The program, launched in January, covers past due mortgage payments in full as a one-time grant — up to $80,000 per household — with a direct payment to the homeowner’s mortgage servicer.

“In many ways, this is a game-changer and it will help people get back on their feet as we’re starting to open back up again,” said Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles.

A federal program that lifted many children out of poverty expired. California can help

Despite the economic upheaval Americans experienced throughout the pandemic, we made impressive progress in reducing child poverty. Those gains are at risk, however, if we don’t take action soon.

Over the past six months, U.S. child poverty dropped by half due to an expanded federal child tax credit. The credit puts money directly in the pockets of struggling families, helping them ride out the financial uncertainty affecting millions of households.

Ribbon-Cutting Marks Official Opening of Terasaki Budokan

With a large pair of scissors Jan Perry cut the ribbon, officially opening the Terasaki Budokan in Little Tokyo on Friday afternoon. Officials and a cluster of kids from the Mi Casa in Little Tokyo afterschool program, in bright green T-shirts, joined in the celebration of, at long last, the completion of the gymnasium on Los Angeles Street.

The ceremony held in the courtyard was the first of two public events to mark the completion of the long-fought, long-delayed gymnasium. Terasaki Budokan opened last year, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its official dedication.

Hollenbeck Park Receives $5 Million Grant From Caltrans

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Boyle Heights’ Hollenbeck Park has received a $5 million grant from the California Department of Transportation to pay for major improvements, Councilman Kevin de León announced.

“This $5 million Clean California Grant is an incredible win for the city of Los Angeles — but an even bigger victory for the community of Boyle Heights,” de León said Friday morning at the park alongside state Sen. Maria Elena Durazo and Assemblyman Miguel Santiago. “These are park investments long overdue for Boyle Heights.”

Expansion of Free College Tuition

Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), joined Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, 1st District; Los Angeles Community College District board of trustees member Mike Fong and community partners at a press conference on Feb. 17 to cel­ebrate the introduction of Assembly Bill 2266, which will expand the California College Promise program to provide two years of tuition-free community college to all full-time students.

A bill of rights for cats and dogs? California lawmakers are considering one

Americans enjoy a Bill of Rights, and soon California pets could as well.

A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would enshrine a dog and cat bill of rights into state law, requiring every animal shelter and animal rescue group to post a copy of said rights on their premises.

Assembly Bill 1881, introduced by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, enumerates seven fundamental rights that every dog and cat in California would have.

'We have to do it all': Assemblyman on housing LA's homeless

LOS ANGELES — For Justice Holmes and her Doberman, Onyx, home is a tent downtown on San Pedro Street.

Holmes has been homeless for 10 years, and a recent rainstorm forced her to seek cover at the Downtown Women's Center. Her tent had been washed out, and she was waiting at the center for clean clothes and toiletries.

Elected officials and local organizations spreading word of rent relief

BOYLE HEIGHTS, Calif. — The eviction moratorium ended in September, but California Assemblymember Miguel Santiago is working hard to inform low-income renters in downtown Los Angeles — which has the highest need for help in his district — that there are still protections and funding available that would cover 100% of back rent.

The East LA YMCA has also been informing people, like the Neal family, that they are eligible for free rent and utility relief through a workshop.