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Rental Assistance Program Lancaster Residents
Signups begin today! Are you a Lancaster resident struggling to pay your rent due to the COVID-19 financial hardship?

You may be eligible for an Emergency Rental Assistance Grant! Thanks to COVID-relief funding from @HUD, the City will be providing up to $5,000 per household in rental assistance for selected grant recipients.

Want to sign up? Call 2-1-1 from 8 am-5 pm, Mon- Fri or visit www.211LA.org 24/7 to complete a pre-screening application between August 3-10.

City of Lancaster COVID-19 Update August 3rd
Dear Lancaster Community,

Here are the numbers for today:

8/3/2020

Los Angeles County Cases
New: 1,634
Cumulative Total: 193,788

Los Angeles County Deaths
New: 12
Total: 4,701

Lancaster Cases
New: 13
Cumulative Total: 2,143

Lancaster Deaths
New: 0
Total: 28

Antelope Valley Cumulative Cases: 5,122
Antelope Valley Deaths: 72**

Palmdale Census Contest Round 3 Winners Announced
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale has announced the Round 3 Winners in the 2020 Census Palmdale Counts Challenge Contest, where participants register their Census confirmation number for the chance to win up to $1,000 in prizes.

The winners were Amy Delude, Cynthia Vargas, Nancy Cardena, and Anthony Crimi. Each received a $250 gift card to a local grocery store.

The third round of drawings was held live on social media on Monday, Aug. 3 with Mayor Steve Hofbauer, Mayor Pro Tem Richard Loa, and Councilmembers Laura Bettencourt and Austin Bishop pulling the winning names. Previous winners include Angela Garcia, Denny Ferrassoli, Jose Carrillo, Jeannine Delude, Erica Dahlquist, Julie Holm, Thomas Mastin, and Marina Henriquez.

DMV UPDATE: Renewing License Online
DMV provided my office with the information below on changes to drivers license renewals during the pandemic. This information might be of interest if you need to renew your drivers license.

As part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DMV issued temporary extensions to California drivers age 69 and younger with a noncommercial license expiring between March and July 2020. While that extension expires today, nearly all of these drivers can still avoid a trip to a DMV field office by renewing their license onlineeven if their renewal notice states an office visit is required.

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed executive orders waiving in-person renewals …. With that wavier in effect for the length of California’s State of Emergency or until modified, nearly all California drivers younger than age 70 are eligible to renew their noncommercial license online or by mail.

City of Lancaster COVID-19 Update July 31, 2020
Dear Lancaster Community,

Here are the numbers for today:

7/31/2020

Los Angeles County Cases
New: 2,651
Cumulative Total: 188,481

Los Angeles County Deaths
New: 69
Total: 4,621

Lancaster Cases
New: 51
Cumulative Total: 2,071

Lancaster Deaths
New: 0
Total: 27

Antelope Valley Cumulative Cases: 4,893
Antelope Valley Deaths: 70**

ROAD CONSTRUCTION UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 3 THROUGH AUGUST 9, 2020
GENERAL ROAD CONSTRUCTION:

1 - Pearblossom Highway from the California Aqueduct bridge to Valley Springs Road


Full closure of Pearblossom Hwy. from the California Aqueduct bridge to Valley Springs Road for roadway reconstruction work, starting June 12, 2020 and continuing through November 2020. The existing traffic control and lane closures set up on the south side of Pearblossom Hwy. from 45th St. East to 55th St. East will remain in place while work in that segment is completed.

While Pearblossom Hwy. is closed, passenger vehicles will be detoured to Avenue S at Sierra Hwy. and Fort Tejon Rd. Local access will be provided to residents in the construction area, as needed and as construction permits. Travelers/commuters are advised to expect delays and to take alternate routes where possible. Avenue R, Avenue S, Palmdale Blvd/SR-138, Avenue P, or Avenue M are alternate east/west routes through the City to consider.

Commercial trucks having a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or more must stay on designated truck routes, such as Sierra Hwy., Palmdale Blvd ./ SR-138, 47th St. East / SR-138, and Fort Tejon Rd. / SR-138 (see Title 10 of the Palmdale Municipal Code). Avenue S and Avenue R are not designated truck routes. Trucks are permitted on non-truck routes when it is the shortest and most direct route to perform a pickup or delivery. A map of the City’s truck routes can be found here: https://cityofpalmdale.org/DocumentCenter/View/513/Truck-Routes-PDF

For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.pearblossomrebuild.com/index.html.

Any questions please call (855) 211-2200 or email to info@PearblossomRebuild.com.

LA County Homeless Count Shows a Decrease in Palmdale’s Homeless Numbers
PALMDALE - On Thursday, July 30, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) released the community-level data from the 2020 “point-in-time” homeless count, which was conducted in January.

Results from the 2020 Los Angeles County Homeless Count indicate that while the total number of people experiencing homelessness has increased overall in the county, the number of homeless individuals has decreased in Palmdale, reporting 289 people experiencing homelessness, down from 325 reported in 2016. Overall LA County numbers increased from 39,587 in 2016 to 54,291 in 2020.

“The homeless numbers on average have risen 37 percent since 2016 in LA County,” said Palmdale City Manager J.J. Murphy. “Through the hard work of our staff and collaborative efforts with our incredible partners, the City of Palmdale has seen an 11 percent reduction in our homeless count. We are committed to invest in successful strategies to assist those in need and raise the overall quality of life in our community.”

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