Bloomberg recently reported that millions of renters are facing possible eviction, and to any of them – that $600 stimulus check might look even worse than ever.
The problem we have now is that $600 is not likely going to save anyone from eviction. Sure, if someone is only one month behind in their rent, then maybe their landlord might take the $600, but that would likely still leave the renter at a deficit.
When Congress passes the relief bill that sends $600 to most people, we also have to be reminded that this won’t come overnight. Renters who are facing eviction may not get their $600 in time for it to help.
And what happens if you’re evicted and on the streets or finding a friend or family member to live with? Well, that eviction likely goes on your record and if you’re trying to get a new lease somewhere else, but you were evicted during a pandemic because the government literally told your job to shut down or cut your hours, then you might have a problem on your hands.
For example, if you worked at a restaurant and they cut your hours or let you go, but for some reason, you were unable to get very much in unemployment – then what happens? You start to fall behind on bills, and you know what else, you might fall behind in rent or mortgage payments.
This isn’t happening to everyone, but it’s happening to a lot of people. And just think about how many people are skating by thanks to putting items on credit cards just to have the essentials or feed their family. It’s a lot more than you think or expect, that’s for sure.
Bloomberg covered one person’s struggle and they were already homeless once. This is the reality of the situation we are in. And don’t forget about the landlords too – if they don’t collect rent, then they are out of work as well. The government should cover your rent if they are the reason you’re stuck home from work. Don’t send people $600, just cover their rent for the time you make them stay home and call it even.
Here is Mari Finkley’s story from Bloomberg:
Mari Finkley has already been homeless once during the pandemic. For two weeks in October, she lived out of her Dodge Journey with her dog and 11-year-old godson. The 29-year-old found a new place, and fresh hope. But she’s behind on her rent again.
Finkley was pushed out of her Gainesville, Fla., home by her previous landlord after she stopped driving for Uber and fell behind on the rent. She suffers from severe asthma, and her doctor warned her the job put her at high risk for exposure to Covid-19.
“Are you going to risk potentially dying just to pay a bill?” Finkley says. “But if you don’t pay the bill you’re going to be homeless. You have to literally decide what’s worse.
Just think about how many others might be in this situation and how insulting and pathetic that $600 to most Americans really is.
Meanwhile, millions are going overseas for things that are absolutely ridiculous and not even related to American relief.