The coronavirus pandemic enters a new month, meaning struggling Americans once again worry about paying their rent. That includes Jade Brooks, facing eviction from a Boston apartment she shares with her mother and an 8-year-old cousin. (July 31)
JADE BROOKS: My name is Jade Brooks. And I've been living here at this apartment complex for over 4 and 1/2 years, I'd say. I've been living here with me, my mom, and my younger cousin. And the landlord here has started an eviction process against us when my mom lost her job-- her full-time job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And I'm completely scared and frightened because I don't want to become homeless. I don't want my family to be split up and have to live in a homeless shelter.
I've been living here ever since I was in high school. I had my prom here. I graduated from high school here. I entered college here, in which I did have to drop out of college in order to pay their rent here. But I just have so many great memories here. And I don't want to lose all that. During the pandemic, a lot of people were losing their jobs, especially, including my mom. And it's been very difficult for her to find a new job because there's not many jobs that's available.
The moratorium on eviction was passed so that me and my family could stay inside our homes. You know, I don't really have anywhere else to go. And I wouldn't be able to afford to move because it's-- I'd say it's more expensive to move than to just stay here and pay the rent because you had to think about security deposit, last month's rent and then first month's rent. You got pay for all the movers moving everything. It's extremely expensive.