In an effort to address the financial difficulties faced by low-income families during the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a program to assist those in need with a no-fee “Angeleno Card.” 

Los Angeles city residents with a total household income falling below the federal poverty line before the pandemic and who face an income reduction of at least 50% as a result of the crisis are able to apply to this no-fee debit card regardless of citizenship status. 

“Applicants will not be asked anything about their immigration status,” the mayor said in his daily coronavirus address Monday night. “We are all Angelenos.”

The Angeleno Cards will come with a balance of either $700, $1,100 or $1,500 in relation to household size and total income. The monies for this support effort are provided through the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles and Accelerator for America in partnership with Mastercard’s City Possible program. The campaign expects to give out $10 million in emergency funds.

Applications for these prepaid debit cards must be filled out Tuesday through Thursday between 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. at or by calling (213) 252-3040. Staff members from the Mayor’s office have said they are trying to fix the website, which was down for maintenance Tuesday amidst early reports of online crashes. 

Several people posting on the Boyle Heights Beat Facebook page on Tuesday reported difficulty with the website, saying they could not complete the application.

There are only three days –TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY– for low-income #BoyleHeights residents to apply for this…

Posted by Boyle Heights Beat on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Applicants need to provide documentation proving eligibility, including proof of residence within the city of Los Angeles, a household income below the federal poverty line, and financial hardship resulting from the pandemic. Final decisions on recipients will be determined on a random drawing of all qualified applicants who meet the deadline.

7 Responses

  1. Dolores Gonzales

    Will senior citizens qualify for this card?
    And what is the information on the rent bill that just was approved today. Please provide the phone numbers and information to apply for the assistants to pay for our rents.

    • Antonio Mejías-Rentas

      There is no age limitation. The information to apply is in the story: at or by calling (213) 252-3040.

  2. Forough allahyari pour

    Could you please Hermosillo me where should I go to apply for Angeleno card and low income .

  3. Christine flowers

    Is this a one-time payment or can the people who received the card apply again?


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