In Los Angeles, which is experiencing a significant increase in the number of coronavirus cases, Bank of America is partnering with the Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department; the Economic and Workforce Development Department; and Shelter Partnership and Chinatown Service Center to provide 1 million masks.

“Wearing a mask is the simplest way to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and we need to ensure everyone has access to one, regardless of race, neighborhood, or zip code,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “With Bank of America’s generous donation, we can put the power to save lives in the hands of our city’s most vulnerable residents, delivering a source of health and hope to low-income households, homeless Angelenos, students, and seniors — and keeping our communities on-track to defeat this virus.”

This donation is part of a nationwide effort by Bank of America to immediately distribute nearly four million PPE masks to communities disproportionally impacted by the coronavirus, including communities of color, and is connected to its $1 billion, four-year commitment of additional support to help local communities address economic and racial inequality accelerated by a global pandemic.

“The health and safety of our employees, clients and communities remain our top priority during this health and humanitarian crisis,” said Raul A. Anaya, Bank of America market president for Greater Los Angeles. “In addition to providing more than $4 million in virus relief grants to Los Angeles nonprofits, another way we are helping communities slow the spread of the virus is by working with local partners to distribute PPE masks to the most vulnerable populations, such as to low-to-moderate income families, seniors, homeless individuals and communities of color disproportionately impacted, in addition to frontline workers, schools and health centers serving these communities.”

The million masks will be distributed as follows:

• 500,000 masks to the Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department and Economic & Workforce Development Department to be distributed to city residents through its network of FamilySource, YouthSource, and WorkSource Centers that provide education, job training, unemployment support and rental assistance to low- and moderate income neighborhoods.

• 300,000 masks to Shelter Partnership to distribute to the homeless population and volunteers who provide services to them.

• 200,000 masks to the Chinatown Service Center which works in partnership with school districts and senior housing centers in Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley to provide basic needs for at-risk households.

For more information on the bank’s support of employees, clients and communities during this time, visit https://bit.ly/2E4NbT3