News Story (NATIONAL)
Rebecca Rainey, Eleanor Mueller
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Tags: COVID-19, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance
Organizations mentioned/involved: Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Oyanagi isn’t alone: In mid-November, more than 27 million individuals told the Census Bureau they were relying on unemployment benefits to meet their spending needs. More than 75 million said they expected to lose their employment income in the next four weeks. And nearly 17 million people reported using SNAP benefits — better known as food stamps — to get by.
“They’re already behind on rent, they’re already behind on bills, they’re already struggling to pay utilities, and now they’re about to lose the little bit of income they still have,” said Julia Simon-Mishel, who leads the unemployment compensation practice at Philadelphia Legal Assistance, which provides services to low-income families.
The end of the eviction moratorium that the Trump administration imposed in September also poses a threat.