Maps made it easier
The need for resources like food banks, child care centers and job placement offices shot up during the pandemic, but actually getting to those places became more difficult due to building closures, changes in public transportation schedules and stay-at-home orders.
To address the problem in Los Angeles, the office of city Controller Ron Galperin put together a map of the food banks in Los Angeles County — and later for all of California — including hours of operation and who is able to access the food. Galperin later published a COVID-19 “resource hub” with options for Los Angeles residents to get help accessing digital services. The website is organized based on user group, such as immigrants, homeowners, renters or artists.