‘What are we going to do?’: South Bay household struggles to pay rent, expenses amid coronavirus pandemic
When the coronavirus started to spread at a worrying rate in the Bay Location, Miriam Moreno stopped going to work.
Moreno, who is severely asthmatic and vulnerable to bronchitis and other pulmonary issues, was frightened of perhaps contracting the infection at her cashier job at Costco in Sunnyvale, where she works with her oldest child, Briza Moreno.
Miriam Moreno took a one-month, overdue leave in March to stay safe, hoping that the family might scrape by with just one earnings. Days into the state’s shelter-in-place order, Moreno’s husband, Ricardo Ayala, lost both his restaurant tasks.
” It was actually difficult for those 2 weeks since we didn’t anticipate that my stepdad was going to lose work,” said Briza Moreno, who likewise took an overdue, two-week leave from Costco. “It was much like, ‘Oh my God, what are we going to do?'”.
The couple reside in the Henderson House Apartments, a mobile home neighborhood in Sunnyvale, with their four children: Briza, 19; Cain Ayala, 9; Gael Ayala, 7, and Kimberly Ayala, 6. Though there’s a moratorium on expulsions in Santa Clara County and statewide, they worry about having to pay back a growing rent sum in the coming months.
Like lots of low-income families throughout America, Moreno and Ayala have actually been devastated by the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and face mounting bills as the area moves toward reopening.
The couple are struggling to attend to their children, two of whom have developmental specials needs, and ultimately sought help from nonprofit Sunnyvale Community Solutions, which actioned in with The Chronicle’s Season of Sharing Fund to cover the family’s April lease.
The Season of Sharing Fund works year-round to prevent homelessness and appetite in the nine-county Bay Location. Donations to the fund aid countless individuals in the Bay Area throughout the year, with administrative expenses covered by The Chronicle and the Walter and Evelyn Haas Jr. Fund. Help is in the kind of grants paid straight to the supplier of services, such as a property manager. Throughout the pandemic, the fund has accelerated the release of $4 million to aid with real estate and other vital issues brought on by the financial fallout.
Occupants in California can not be forced out now since courts are prohibited from processing expulsions and foreclosures up until 90 days after the guv ends the state of emergency.
Under the county’s eviction moratorium, which the Board of Supervisors extended through Aug. 31, tenants who do not pay rent will not be kicked out and will have 120 days to pay the total lease they owe.
Paying a considerable quantity of lease at once would trigger considerable monetary hardship for the Ayala family, they stated.
” We do not know what’s going to happen. We’re kind of just riding out the wave at the moment hoping that we are going to get assist from someplace,” Briza Moreno stated. “If anything, I will probably simply offer all of my check to mom so it can assist cover something.