real estate agent helping man with home ownership
The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund provided a grant to real estate broker Wanda B. Henry, helping her cover pandemic-related expenses for her business, Brookside Real Estate.

With more than 25 years of experience in sales, listing, and finance, Wanda and her colleagues have helped property owners in need for decades, offering real estate services and extra assistance to homeowners and renters. When COVID-19 emerged, the real estate market, like many other industries, was caught off-guard and faced many sudden uncertainties.

Fortunately, a grant from the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund helped mitigate these troubles. With the grant, Henry received financial relief to address overhead and salary concerns that were becoming worrisome and helped motivate Henry and her team to keep helping others.

“We found it an honor to be chosen to receive this grant,” she said. “It made us feel appreciated for the work and services we offer to property owners in California.”

LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund

On August 31, 2020, the County and City of Los Angeles announced the creation of the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund, a joint effort to provide financial assistance to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits experiencing economic hardships due to the coronavirus.

Wanda B. Henry's story above is an example of how the COVID-19 Recovery Fund assisted local L.A. businesses. Brookside Real Estate is located in Council District 1.

Awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 were provided over six rounds, the last of which ended October 26, 2020. In the upcoming weeks, EWDD Updates will feature more stories on L.A. City businesses that received grants and how the funding is helping them stay afloat during COVID-19.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of March 29, 2021. Read this issue and more.