According to CareerBuilder, 78 percent of U.S. workers live paycheck to paycheck. With one-in-four workers not setting aside money for savings each month. Seventy percent of people making $50,000-$99,999 are in debt. In this tough economic climate and with recent coronavirus developments the country has been left unstable with many facing suspension or unemployment.
In California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a noneviction notice, “People shouldn’t lose or be forced out of their home because of the spread of COVID-19. Over the next few weeks, everyone will have to make sacrifices—but a place to live shouldn’t be one of them. I strongly encourage cities and counties to take up this authority to protect Californians.”
A landlord in Maine named Nathan Nichols states that he wants to lead by example. He recognizes that service and hourly workers are currently out of work and will not be collecting rent in April due to the outbreak.
“COVID-19 is going to cause serious financial hardship for service and hourly workers around the country,” Nichols says on Facebook. “I own a two-unit in South Portland and all of my tenants are in this category. Because I have the good fortune and of being able to afford it and the privilege of being in the owner class, I just let them know I would not be collecting rent in April.”
“If more people do this, which is the only reason I posted this in the first place, to hopefully get people to take a hard look at what they can do to keep things working,” Nichols concludes.
We are praying for those financially affected by the virus in these times. Be safe everyone, unemployment can be filled out at this time. Let us be kind and take care of one another in the days to come.