In Western North Carolina, and all across this country, COVID-19 has had many workers laid off from their work place and others with significantly reduced hours. This of course, has huge impacts for many struggling with rent, bills, food costs, medicine, etc, and who find the recommendation of ‘social distancing’ a privilege difficult to meet. While we hear that some forms of aid programs will eventually reach some residents of our community, many won’t qualify for any of the government support due to immigration status. Many of these families work cleaning houses, harvesting food, serving hotel rooms, and through this work are also paying taxes, but will not receive the aid that other community members have been promised.
More information available @ the Western North Carolina Worker’s Center: