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U.S. looking at “a tsunami of evictions” as moratoriums expire

May 29, 2020
By the beginning of June, more than half of states will have no protections in place for renters.
As state moratoriums expire, lawyers anticipate a spike in evictions.
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"Record levels" of food insecurity in the U.S. because of COVID-19

May 22, 2020
States that rely heavily on tourism, including Nevada and Hawaii, are seeing some of the biggest increases.
A drive-thru food pantry in Las Vegas. Nevada is projected to have one of the highest increases in food insecurity this year.
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For summer towns, Memorial Day brings anxiety and optimism

May 21, 2020
Cape Cod to Ocean City, tourist towns wonder what summer will look like in the age of COVID-19.
The boardwalk in Ocean City on May 10, 2020.
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Many high school seniors in the "class of COVID" are rethinking their college plans

May 14, 2020
Some are choosing cheaper schools, taking gap years, or staying closer to home. Others are hoping that, if college is online in the fall, tuition might be lower.
With all the economic uncertainty, and lack of clarity over whether college campuses will open in the fall, many high school seniors are still deciding what to do next year.
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Federal student loan interest rates drop to historic low

May 12, 2020
But with high unemployment and economic uncertainty will students want to take on loans?
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How many jobs will come back after the COVID-19 pandemic ends?

Unemployment is higher than it's been since the Great Depression. Economists estimate that more than 40% of layoffs will likely be permanent.
Seventy-eight percent of those who lost jobs in April reported they were temporarily laid off.
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44% of Americans fear they won’t be able to afford food, poll finds

May 7, 2020
Food banks are seeing a surge in demand as COVID-19 pandemic pushes many newly-unemployed toward food insecurity.
Cars line up at a food distribution site for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in Inglewood, California.
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With daycares still closed, child care providers and parents are grappling with who pays the bill

May 1, 2020
Most parents have stopped paying for child care as coronavirus-related closures extend, leaving providers with little to no income.
As shelter-in-place orders continue across much of the country, parents and child care providers alike are struggling.
Courtesy Allyson Criner Brown

Still employed, and don't need your stimulus check? COVID-19 fundraisers want you to donate it

Apr 27, 2020
Nonprofits and online fundraisers have seen an uptick in donations since stimulus checks started appearing in bank accounts.
People line up to pick up food at a New York City mobile food pantry in Brooklyn, New York.
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She loves her job. COVID-19 is threatening to take it away.

Apr 23, 2020
For Autumn Saxton-Ross, work is a big part of her identity. With her job and so much else now on hold, she's trying to figure out who she is "in this new weird world."
Autumn Saxton-Ross with her kids.
Courtesy Autumn Saxton-Ross