If you’re a renter having trouble paying your rent, utilities, or other housing costs – or if you’re a landlord trying to stay afloat with tenants in this situation – help may be available. State and local programs are distributing billions of dollars in rental assistance to help renters stay housed during the pandemic. Visit the CFPB’s Rental Assistance Finder to find out what this means for you and what you can do. The CFPB’s site also includes resources to help renters and landlords understand other resources to help navigate various financial hardships related to the pandemic.
Find where to apply To find the state or local agency where you can apply for rental assistance, visit cfpb.gov/govrent
If you can’t find a program in your area, call 2-1-1 or your local housing authority for assistance.
Herbert Hatanaka, Executive Director of SSG, was featured by United Way of LA during their AAPI Heritage Month celebrations. We are grateful for United Way’s support of our programs, especially our services that target the most disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles County.
Our fearless leader, Herb Hatanaka, was featured by @LAUnitedWay for AAPI Heritage Month. We are proud to be a provider of culturally/linguistically appropriate services for LA's diverse communities. Thx to funders like United Way for helping us meet our mission @ssghopicshttps://t.co/aL3tvMbzEt
SSG releases a new publication. In 2019 the Blue Shield of California Foundation partnered with A3PCON, SSG R&E and six community organizations (Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Centers, Korean American Family Services, Koreatown Youth & Community Center, Pacific Asian Counseling Services, South Asian Network, and Center for Pacific Asian Family) to conduct a needs assessment on domestic violence. This study explores risk and protective factors in five Southern California Asian American communities: Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, North Indian Hindu, and Pakistani Muslim. These factors include cultural traditions, norms, attitudes and beliefs, particularly around gender roles, intergenerational family dynamics, intimate relationships, and approaches to child-rearing.
API Forward Movement is ensuring Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who live in Los Angeles’ food deserts have access to fresh, affordable, and culturally relevant produce in the midst of a global pandemic.
SSG’s Research & Evaluation Team (R&E) has been working closely with the South Los Angeles BHC (SLABHC) and The California Endowment to help change the negative narrative of South Central Los Angeles with hopes of creating long-term systems change solutions. In close collaboration with the SSG R&E team and other consultants, the SLABHC created a series of podcasts to unpack the health inequities that are driven by oppressive systems that plague the daily lives of South Central residents.
In the wake of Coronavirus, many Los Angeles County residents who are limited english proficient are unable to access medical interpreter services while hospitalized. Reporter Catalina Villegas of Spectrum News 1 interviewed PALS for Health Division Director Mireya Munoz on the shortage and what this means for patients.
While many remain Safe at Home, HOPICS staff work the front lines to protect the spread of COVID-19 among the homeless population in South Los Angeles. Thomas Curwen and Benjamin Oreskes of The Los Angeles Times shine light on how the Coronavirus pandemic puts an already vulnerable population at-risk and what HOPICS outreach workers are doing to help.
Statement on recent hate-motivated attacks on AAPI community
Special Service for Groups, Inc mourns the senseless loss of lives in the mass shooting that occurred on Tuesday, March 16 in Atlanta, Georgia, leaving eight dead; six of the victims Asian women. While the motive for the killings is not clear, many of the victims were Asian American and the businesses targeted appear to be Asian owned. This is a violent tragedy and comes at a time of vulnerability and growing fear experienced among Asian Americans due to the rise of incidents of violence.
This incident comes in the wake of alarming increases of about 3,800 hate incidents against Asian Americans, 68% women, since March 2020 according to a report Stop AAPI Hate. The rise of acts of violence and hate directed against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) throughout the country has shaken the community, instilling a growing sense of fear especially among seniors and families in AAPI communities throughout the country and Southern California.
SSG calls for all of us to continue to work together in solidarity against hate, racism and acts of violence, and for action from elected officials and leaders to support the AAPI community and stand against hate.
SSG is the lead agency for LA vs. Hate Rapid Response Network, a collaborative effort with LA County Human Relations Commission and 211-LA. If you, a family member or someone you know experiences xenophobia, discrimination or harassment or have been a witness or victim of a hate crime or incident in Los Angeles, we ask you to please contact Program Manager Rick Eng at [email protected] or call 2-1-1. They are ready to listen and help. SSG is also a proud member of A3PCON, the lead agency for the StopAAPIHate, a national effort aimed at tracking and documenting anti-Asian hate incidents.Please go to StopAAPIHate.org for more information.