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The citywide Emergency Rental Assistance Subsidy Program was created by LA City Council President Nury Martinez, the City Council and HCIDLA, with the support of Mayor Eric Garcetti. The program will provide a temporary rent subsidy for tenants in the City of Los Angeles who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For questions about the program, visit:

Qualifying tenants live in multifamily units in the City of LA. To verify whether you live in the City, go to:
Selected applicants will be required to provide proof of tenancy

Households with total annual incomes at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) level prior to March 13, 2020
2019 Income Limits: Household Size
1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
Income Limit $58,450 $66,800 $75,150 $83,500 $90,200 $96,900 $103,550 $110,250

COVID-19 Resources

This blog entry provides links to helpful resources assembled by various City of LA staff and entities. This list is by no means comprehensive, however, it should provide you with guidance about where to go for information about everything from legal resources to job opportunities to food resources to volunteer opportunities.

  • Official City of LA COVID-19 page: Check out the latest updates about COVID-19 orders from the Mayor's Office, read an FAQ about COVID-19, register for COVID-19 testing, and more.

  • LA Community Resources Guide—COVID-19: Living document with tons of information abou financial, health, food, educational, housing, and otehr resources provided by various LA organizations. Compiled by Jessica Caloza and Shekinah Deocares of the LA City Board of Public Works with support from the Scott Chan of the LA County Department of Public Health and Sarah Lee of Pepperdine University.

  • Resources for Families During School Closure: Run by LAUSD. Find information about student health and human services, where to get free meals for families, free education resources, and more. Note that the closest Grab & Go Food Centers to SORO are located at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School (3537 Farmdale Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90016) and Daniel Webster Middle School (11330 Graham Place, Los Angeles, CA 90064). Both centers are open Mondays–Fridays, 8:00–11:00 a.m.

  • COVID-19 Mutual Aid Network is made up of different grassroots organizations, movements, and organizers committed to organizing mutual material support in the community. They provide grocery and supply deliveries and are preparing to expand this to other community support services.

  • Shoppers Helping Shoppers: Vulnerable populations who are unable to do their grocery shopping safely can request assistance from this organization.

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Note that SORO NC is sharing these resources for informational purposes only; SORO NC does not promote or endorse any specific organization or service.

Information About Safer at Home

For everything related to the COVID-19 response in the City of Los Angeles, visit
Safer at Home Order
In summary, the City of LA’s Safer at Home order is in effect from March 19, 2020, until April 19, 2020, and “may be extended prior to that time.” Read the full public order here.
What Essential Business and Activities Are Allowed to Stay Open?
The list below includes essential businesses and activities are allowed to remain open during this time.
·       City and County government services
  fire stations
  police stations
  public transportation
  water, power, and gas utilities
  public works construction, including construction of housing
  airport and port operations

·       Health care operations





  pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies

  medical and scientific research


  health care suppliers

  home health care services providers

  veterinary care providers

  mental health providers

  physical therapists and chiropractors

  cannabis dispensaries or any related and/or ancillary health care services

  manufacturers and suppliers

  Note that health care operations do not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities.


·       Food providers

  restaurants offering take-out, delivery, or drive-thru (dine-in service is not allowed)

  grocery stores

  water retailers

  certified farmers’ markets

  farm and produce stands


  convenience stores

  warehouse stores

  food banks

  convenience stores

  pet supply

  food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing.


·       Organizations and businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services (including gang prevention and intervention, domestic violence, and homeless services agencies)

·       Hardware and building supply stores and nurseries

·       Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial and janitorial workers, handyman services, funeral home workers and morticians, moving services, HVAC installers, carpenters, landscapers, gardeners, property managers, private security personnel and other service providers who provide services to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation to properties and other essential activities

·       Banks, credit unions, financial institutions and insurance companies

·       Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes

·       Laundromats/laundry service

·       Newspapers, magazines, television, radio, podcasts and other media services

·       Educational institutions, including public and private K–12 schools, colleges, and universities (for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible)

·       Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home

·       Utility companies and other businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support, services, or supplies necessary to operate, provided that strict social distancing is maintained

·       Individuals or businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, beverages, or goods directly to residences or businesses, including rail and trucking

·       Airlines, taxis, ride sharing services, and other private transportation services providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes expressly authorized in the order

·       Home-based care for disabled persons, seniors, adults, or children

·       Residential facilities and shelters for disabled persons, seniors, adults, and children

·       Professional services, such as legal, payroll, or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities

·       Hotels, motels, shared rental units, and similar facilities

·       Military, defense contractors, and federally funded research and development centers

·       Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the order to work as permitted, under restrictions contained in the order.

Individuals may leave their residences to provide any services or goods or perform any work necessary to the operations, maintenance and manufacturing of essential infrastructure, including without limitation:

·       Construction of commercial and institutional buildings, and residential buildings and housing

·       Airport operations, food supply, concessions, and construction

·       Port operations and construction

·       Water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil extraction, and refining

·       Roads, highways, public transportation, and rail

·       Solid waste collection and removal

·       Flood control and watershed protection

·       Internet and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services)

·       Manufacturing and distribution companies deemed essential to the supply chains of the above industries.

2016 Movie in the Park: The Good Dinosaur

Join Council President Herb Wesson & SORO NC at a FREE movie in the park! Fun for the whole family!

Free hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn and more!

SORO NC is delighted to partner again with Council District 10 and Council President Herb Wesson to bring you a family night out for free! This year marks the ninth successful MOVIES IN THE PARK event with CD10, and we hope you can come out and join the fun.

Team Wesson will be prepping in the park all day, and we invite you to join us an hour before sunset (6:30-ish) to grab a hot dog or burger, some popcorn and enter in Council President Wesson's free drawings for giveaways for the kids.

Sunset is at 7:30pm and once it gets dark, we'll start the movie on the giant screen. Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars while summer lasts. Don't forget to stop by the SORO NC table to say hi!

Friday, August 26, 6:30pm onwards
Reynier Park (2803 Reynier Ave.)

About The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

"Antic and unexpected...rife with subversive elements, wacky critters and some of the most beautiful landscapes ever seen in a computer animated film."
—Kenneth Turan, LA Times

2015 Susan Bursk Community Service Award winner: Bette Billet

The Susan Bursk Community Service Award is presented each June at the SoRo Festival to an individual in recognition of his or her dedication and service to the South Robertson Neighborhoods community. The award is co-sponsored by SORO NC and the SoRo Community Foundation, Inc.

This year's winner was Bette Billet. Bette served on the SORO NC Board from its founding in 2003 to April, 2015. During 12 years of incredible community service, she has conservatively logged close to 1000 hours of active community service. Bette has been responsible for identifying and bringing many other community leaders into the fold, and has worked tirelessly for the betterment of this community.

Bette has been fearless in reminding her NC colleagues and elected officials colleagues that we represent the whole community, and that our work should always strive to understand and be inclusive of ALL points of view. In 2008 she was recognized by then-City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo as the "LA Pearl of the Year"—an award that recognizes outstanding seniors who have made significant contributions to Los Angeles residents' quality of life.

Her mark on the community and the NC has been indelible, and richly deserving of recognition.

At our July Board meeting we will also recognize the other community members nominated this year:

  • Cristina Paul — Community volunteer and founder of the Helms Neighborhood Association
  • Leo Portal — Crestview Block Captain, SORO NC Organization Representative, and founder/chair of the NC's LGBTQ Committee

We're deeply grateful for the work all the nominees have done within SORO, and congratulate them on their nominations.

See all the past winners of the award.

Movie in the Park: The Lego Movie

On Saturday, September 6th, Council President Wesson, his staff, and SORO NC bring the family-friendly animated film The Lego Movie to our own Reynier Park (2803 Reynier Ave.). Bring your family and friends for a beautiful night of movie-watching under the stars. 

Don't mistake this for a toy ad. Released back in February, the Lego Movie is inventive, action-packed, smart, funny—and surprisingly will make you think. It's that rare film that both kids AND adults will love. In her LA Times review, Betsy Sharkey wrote that it was "strikingly, exhilaratingly, exhaustingly fresh." We couldn't agree more.

Best part: it's free. All of it. Including the movie, hot dogs, candy, popcorn and a special raffle for the kids. (We do recommend bringing a blanket for the ground.) Festivities begin at 7pm and we'll start the movie as soon as it's dark enough.

2014 SoRo Community Festival: June 1

SoRo Community Festival

Sunday, June 1 • 11am-4pm
South Robertson Boulevard between Beverlywood St. and Cattaraugus St. (just North of 10 Freeway at the Robertson Boulevard exit)

This year’s theme is “Many Neighborhoods Create One Great Community!”

Free and open to the public, the SoRo Festival features food trucks, a live music stage, tree adoption, and over 60 vendor booths highlighting neighborhood businesses, community information and a variety of merchandise. It also offers “Camp SoRo” Kids Zone with attractions, a rock-climbing wall and free arts and crafts for children.

In addition there will be a separate Public Safety Pavilion hosted by the SORO Neighborhoods Council with many exhibits and demonstrations by “First Responders” such as LAPD and LAFD.

For more information, visit our full Festival page.

Preliminary election results are in

SORO had a fantastic turnout for the NC election: we had as many more voters than we did two years ago, with only half the number of open seats. Our thanks to everyone who came out and voted, and a special thanks to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and the many volunteers who made the event a success.

We have posted preliminary election results on our election page. Note that these are not yet finalized or certified. 

Barring any election challenges, we currently plan to seat the new Board at our November 15th meeting. 

7th Annual SORO Peace Picnic

Come celebrate the United Nations's "International Day of Peace" at a FREE neighborhood picnic for the whole family at the Robertson Rec Center, 1641 Preuss (Robertson at Airdrome).

Sunday, September 9th
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Like the Peace Picnic on Facebook • Download the flyer

  • Gourmet lunch donated by local restaurants
  • Live music by neighborhood musicians
  • Eat and relax in the shade
  • Crafts and snacks for kids

Bring a blanket to sit on. For more information and to contribute, go to, or call 310-431-7152.

A collaboration of the Robertson Recreation Center, the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council, LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz, LA City Councilmember Herb J. Wesson, Jr., St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, and Guru Ram Das Ashram.

SORO NC partners with KCET to tell the stories of SORO

SORO NC is very excited to announce a new partnership with KCET's Departures series, to tell the stories of the South Robertson Neighborhoods.

This partnership marks the first time KCET/Departures is collaborating with a Neighborhood Council. 

Departures is an oral history project, an interactive documentary, a community engagement tool, and a digital literacy project in the online space, using video, images and text to bring Los Angeles neighborhoods to life.

As we begin exploring South Robertson with KCET, we are mapping the important places that reflect the shifts and characteristics of the community. And that's where YOU come in.

Click through to our KCET Departures page to read more and find out how you can get involved.

Together, we are looking forward to putting SORO on the map! Watch the project progress at

SoRo Festival 2012: Sunday June 3rd

SoRo Community Festival

Sunday, June 3 • 11am-4pm
South Robertson Boulevard between Beverlywood St. and Cattaraugus St. (just North of 10 Freeway at the Robertson Boulevard exit)

Save the date! Open to the public, the SoRo Festival features live local musical entertainment and dancing, "Camp SoRo" offering attractions and a rock-climbing wall and free arts & crafts for children, 60 vendor booths featuring neighborhood businesses and community information, and a variety of culinary delights from some of L.A.'s hottest gourmet food trucks. The theme for this year's Festival is "SoRo Sails for 15 Years." For more information, click here.

2012 SoRo Community Festival

SoRo Community Festival

The 15th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2012 from 11 am to 4 pm. The Festival is located on South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Beverlywood St. (just north of Hamilton High School and the 10 Freeway). Download a flyer about the festival here.

The SoRo Festival’s goals are to build bridges amongst local neighbors, businesses, and community and public service organizations; and celebrate the cultural diversity of our community. Local caterers, restaurants, merchants, schools, entertainers and organizations will participate. The SoRo Festival will feature activities for kids, a live music stage and lots of exciting artist and vendor booths. Additionally, the SoRo Festival will feature local school children’s presentations of art and science projects on the Festival’s theme “SoRo Sails for 15 Years.”


The SoRo Festival will feature an exciting variety of LA's hottest gourmet food trucks, offering a delicious assortment of choices (including ethnic and vegetarian selections).

Confirmed gourmet trucks attending this year's SoRo Festival are Fat Burger, Bool Korean BBQ Tacos & Pastels, No Tomatoes! A Indian Cafe on Wheels, Crispy Waffle & Frites, Kosher Grill on Wheels, Frozen Crush Ultimate Italian Ice and King Kone Ice Cream Co.

Main Stage

SoRo Festival stage will feature live musical and dance performances from some of SoCal’s talented performers. See the full schedule at right.

The SoRo Community Festival is coordinated by the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council and SoRo, Inc. and funded in part by a grant from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. We would like to invite the entire Southern California community to join our event.

Admission to the SoRo Community Festival is FREE. Free street parking is also available. The SoRo Festival is open to the public and will provide plenty of fun for the whole family on a Sunday afternoon!

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