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Wednesday August 10th

2020 Coronavirus Outbreak

Earlier this year, Bridge the Gap Mission of the Urban Ministries of Wake County brought lunch and hats for the people they help. Photo courtesy of Carrie Pitts-Densmore.

Social assistance organizations in the Triangle refocus efforts amid COVID-19 outbreak

As individuals in the Triangle experiencing homelessness navigate increased unemployment and widespread closures during the COVID-19 outbreak, the organizations that serve them are working to respond — all while following social distancing guidelines. These groups are grappling with how to provide housing and services to those who need it most, and they know need isn't going to slow down any time soon. “For many of us, this time is a matter of staying at home and missing out on certain activities,”  Stephani Kilpatrick, residential services director at the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service,  said. “But for IFC’s members, it could mean that basic needs are not met.” 

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Chapel Ridge Apartments is an off-campus apartment complex where many UNC students live.

Students struggle to pay rent and negotiate leases due to economic impact of COVID-19

As the pandemic continues, it is becoming harder for students to keep up with housing payments. Some students have tried renegotiating their leases, but not all landlords have been willing to cooperate. Legal experts said landlords have different levels of flexibility, and may be unable to reduce rent or waive fees. However, they still encouraged students to discuss any issues with their landlords.

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Gov. Roy Cooper visiting Chapel Hill on Tuesday, Nov. 19 2019.

N.C. experiencing a vast increase in unemployment insurance claims due to COVID-19

North Carolina is ranked second in the country for greatest percent increase in coronavirus-related unemployment insurance claims. Findings from WalletHub revealed that North Carolina saw an increase of over 6,000 percent in the number of unemployment insurance claims the week of March 23, 2020 when compared with that of the same week last year. With new legislation passed by Gov. Roy Cooper and new measures implemented by the Division of Employment Security, the state plans to accommodate the enormous financial strain and the needs of both individuals and employers occurring at this time.

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