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Struggling To Pay Rent When Jobs Vanish In A Pandemic

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise
Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise

It’s a constant word in the coronavirus crisis:  “uncertainty.”


We say it.  We hear it.  We know it.  We feel it.


Thread after thread in this crisis - medical, economic, political - is bound with countless other threads - across the country, around the world, and right here in Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley.

Just one example:  for people who struggled to pay their rent before the crisis, the financial uncertainty they now face is stark - and they are not alone.

Martina Guilfoil is president and CEO of Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise.

Austin Sauerbrei is an organizer with the Chattanooga Area Labor Council - and a member of the CALEB coalition...