CHARLOTTE, N.C. — During the school year, Omeisha Jones is behind the wheel of a Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools bus. But now, she’s at home getting only half her pay because of COVID-19.
“With CMS, we don’t get paid after June 9 so the summer job this year is very limited because they don’t have anything for us to do. So its been kind of rough. You got to stretch your funds a little bit,” she said.
Jones told Channel 9 that she got a letter from the Housing Partnership in the mail. The letter said that they would pay May’s rent if she applied and qualified.
And she did.
“They helped everybody. it was just my neighborhood, they helped other neighborhoods as well. So it really a blessing. That’s how I able to pay groceries or other little bills that I had got behind on. That definitely helped me out, and I bet it help a lot of my other neighbors as well,” she said.
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In order to qualify for the program, COVID-19 must have impacted your life in some way, whether you had lost a job, had your pay cut, got sick or experienced challenges with childcare.
Families in more than 30 apartment complexes are eligible for the program.
The Housing Partnership is mailing the letters directly to the people in those apartment communities. Families should be receiving the letters for June this week.
The program is possible through the Housing Partnership, Social Serve and United Way.
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