Reuters: From bartering to begging for relief, struggling Americans confront April rent

By Joseph Ax, Daniel Trotta


Alfa Cristina Morales, 21, lost her job as a line cook at an Oakland, California, coffee shop, along with her health insurance, three weeks ago.


Now she has been forced to take the money she had saved for a U.S. citizenship application and use it to pay bills, including her April rent. She is not sure how she and her 2-year-old son will make it through May. She has applied for unemployment benefits, which could take weeks to arrive.


“We’re worried that it won’t be enough,” she said.


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