Two kids, no support system and $167 in unemployment benefits: One single mom’s plight in the age of Covid-19
Jennifer Haynes, a self-employed chef and single mother living in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is struggling to make ends meet after unemployment benefits abruptly stopped in July without explanation. Meanwhile, the 42-year-old is the sole provider for twin boys, one of whom has special needs.
Jennifer Haynes didn’t just fall through cracks in the country’s social safety net.
In her case, it’s been more like a chasm.
Haynes, 42, a self-employed chef and single mother living in Rancho Cucamonga, California, had been getting $167 a week in unemployment benefits and an extra $600 a week from the federal government. The aid was enough to catch up on a few months of bills and feed her 11-year-old twin boys.
But then the California unemployment office mysteriously stopped sending benefits in July, even though Haynes’ catering business remained at a standstill. Her applications …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]