HOUSTON – The COVID-19 pandemic cost millions of people their jobs, which means paying rent in the last two months became nearly impossible.
“It’s been very hard because we don’t have money for anything,” said Virginia Cabrera.
Cabrera is staring down the barrel of an eviction notice because she is two months behind on rent. She lost her job as a cook in March.
“I have been looking for another job, there is just not a lot of jobs out there. A lot of people are looking,” she said.
Alma Sastre, through Iglesia Generaciones, tired to help Cabrera and dozens like her.
“I had over 74 voicemails, 48 text messages of people like, ‘help us, we need help,'” said Sastre.
She and a team of volunteers tried to help people sign up for the city’s rental assistance program, but that money ran out in 90-minutes.
“Of about 80 people that were here, we got to register maybe six people,” she said.