two men performing automotive maintenance
The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund provided a grant to Roberto Oliva that helped his automotive shop Rob’s Service Center stay open during COVID-19. Rob’s Service Center is an automotive repair facility that has served the Chatsworth community for more than 25 years.

When the pandemic hit, Oliva found himself struggling to keep his employees paid and cover the rent for the facility.

When he applied for the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund’s grant program, Oliva did not think he would actually get the grant. When the Fund reached out to inform him that he was picked to receive a grant, he was so thankful that his luck was turning around.

With the grant in hand and the kindness of his landlord, Oliva used his grant to cover COVID-19 related expenses, including catching up on rent, bills and keeping his staff employed during the pandemic.

“The grant has been the biggest help I have gotten so far,” Oliva noted. “I want to say thank you, and I am appreciative for the help. It has been a tough year for me and my family.”

The LA Regional COVID-19 Fund was a joint effort between the City and County of Los Angeles to provide financial assistance to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits experiencing economic hardships due to the coronavirus. Recipients were awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. The program was funded by the CARES Act, which required that all funds be awarded by December 30, 2020.

Roberto Oliva's story above is an example of how the COVID-19 Recovery Fund assisted local L.A. businesses. Rob’s Service Center is located in Council District 12.

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