‘I’m sleeping in my car’: U.S. states in the midst of a pandemic fail to provide unemployment benefits


Almost every state failed to meet federal standards to provide benefits to 87 percent of recipients in the midst of the Covid crisis within three weeks.

Eugene Williams of Daytona Beach, Florida, lost his job at a grocery store when the pandemic hit in March 2020 and had been receiving unemployment benefits without issue until June, when he accidentally entered “return to work” when reviewing his weekly benefits claim. Like millions of Americans, an unemployment system unable to handle the staggering amount of claims that have come in since the pandemic started has turned Williams’ life upside down. Another 787,000 unemployment applications had been filed in the U.S. as of Thursday, more than the population of the city of Seattle. The average of claims for four weeks is now 818,750, about four times the pre-pandemic average. Williams said, “I’m sleeping in my car and will be without a phone for the next few weeks.” He was unable to find a new job and had to rely on food charities. “The unemployment office is impossible to reach.” They say they work for DEO in the call center, but they can’t reach them, they have an extension or a direct line, all I hear is ‘be patient.’ Isn’t patience enough for 31 weeks? Millions of Americans who have applied for unemployment benefits have faced long backlogs and mistakes that delay or suddenly stop their benefits since the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. Nearly every state in the U.S. has failed to meet federal standards of providing 87 percent of recipients with unemployment benefits within three weeks. 14 million Americans saw expiation of their unemployment benefits

Kimberly Glenn worked as a dietitian at a local hospital during the pandemic in Wenatchee, Washington, although her hours were reduced and she received partial unemployment benefits to prevent layoffs through a work-sharing program.

She was laid off in September 2020 and since then has struggled to receive full unemployment benefits, as her claim has not yet been awarded and telephone hotline employees are unable to offer solutions. In limbo, I’m.

I’m not sure of my initial claim status,’ Glenn said. She currently has $0.60 and no income in her bank account. Shortly after she lost her job, the savings she had were depleted.

Last month, she took out a loan from a family member to pay her rent and is now trying to find help to pay the rent this month, as her landlord informed her of plans to file for eviction as soon as the law permits. The current federal moratorium on eviction was extended until January 31, although many evictions have been carried out in the U.S. anyway. Glenn described the experience of previously recovering from homelessness in the face of homelessness and how costly it is to eventually get an apartment, afford a security deposit, rent for the first and last month, be able to pay the security deposit for utility bills, and start rebuilding credit. “I was good, I thought.

I was told that I was good. This one is good.


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