LOS ANGELES (KABC) – That LA Food Bank and Cerritos College joined together to host a food bank for the community, only one part of the assistance Cerritos College provided to its students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sarom Chea, a deaf student at Cerritos College, said the school provided food to his family and gave him a laptop to help with distance learning.
“I have switched to distance learning from home. And it’s frustrating at times,” Chea said via translator Alex Fox.
Seventy percent of the approximately 21,000 students at Cerritos College receive financial assistance, the group most at risk of dropping out of school. When the pandemic started in March, many students struggled with Wi-Fi access, quiet places to study, and even consistent food.
“We started offering emergency food cards, grocery cards to students. They can receive financial assistance. They can receive emergency assistance that will help them with utilities, car payments, as well as laptops and technology,” said Dr. Dilcie Perez. , VP of Student Services at Cerritos College.
Laptops are just one component of the assistance Cerritos College provides to students. A gym has opened as a study space, more than $ 250,000 in emergency financial aid has been awarded to students in need, and this summer, the school has become the first college in the state to offer housing to unprotected students.
The Village, a group of townhomes, is available for students experiencing homelessness.
Perez said, “We may not be able to meet every need, but we will definitely try.”
Free vehicle food distribution is set for 9am Friday at the Pittsburg Pentecostal Church in the Bay Area, 310 Central Ave.
My Angels Inc., the non-profit that co-hosted the event with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County and the White Pony Express, will distribute food – enough for 1,000 families – until it runs out, a church spokesman said.
The non-profit has been working since the inception of an on-site shelter order to provide food to the homeless community in East Contra Costa County. It has also partnered with Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County and White Pony Express to co-host other major food distribution events.
This meal will include one box of nonperishable dry produce and a bag of fresh produce. Everyone is welcome to attend and food distribution events will follow CDC guidelines for social distancing. All participants must wear a mask.
Food will be distributed either directly to the trunk of the car or the tailgate. Walk-Up distribution is also available. You don’t have to be a resident of Pittsburg to participate in a food giveaway.
“My Angel’s Inc has a long history of serving the community,” said George Guevara, founder and president of My Angels Inc. “I am honored to work with our local food bank to promote sustainable access to much-needed food for displaced people in our community.”
My Angels is a non-profit organization based in Antioch that feeds several hundred people four to six times a week, including the homeless and the elderly. For help, call 925-726-9375 or email [email protected] or go to Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/myangelsinc.
Saint Anthony – A San Antonio chef uses his passion for food to serve the needy in our community. This call to action was motivated by his own experience as a former drug addict, alcoholic, and almost displaced.
Starting young, life for John Meyer, owner of the Best Little Food House in Texas, looks great.
“I started about 37 years ago as a dishwasher and worked hard,” Meyer said. “I work for big chains, Hyatts, Plaza Americas and more. I spent most of my career in Dallas but I traveled the world. I used to work for Jerry Jones for 18 years in the old and new Cowboys stadium. I had to meet George Strait, do three Olympics and all things are different as a chef. “
Meyer is still young and a popular celebrity chef.
“I lost myself a bit before moving here, which was about eight years ago,” Meyer said. “I moved here because I was on a bad road. Like most chefs, this happens. There have been many successes to be able to travel throughout the world, but there have been many pressures. “
Meyer said that pressure resulted in the use of drugs and alcohol.
“I had a drug party for three years just to look after me because I would get up at 5 in the morning, and work until 2 in the morning and would do it seven days a week,” Meyer said.
His addiction almost made him homeless.
“I succeeded at an easy age,” Meyer said. “I’m in my 20s and I felt success early on. The evil side is wrapped up and stuck with drugs and alcohol. “
Eight years ago, Meyer said he packed up and moved from Dallas.
“I stole my drug dealer because he stole my catering van,” Meyer said with laughter. “I moved to San Antonio with my backpack and started again. I was that close to home, but the first place I visited was Haven For Hope. At that time I did not have anything. “I spend all my money on drugs. I have lots of money. I have a three-story house. I have a nice car. I spend all my money on drugs. I lost everything. My family is fed up. They are done. As drug abusers that is what happens. They are done. “
He said the only way he could change was to let God enter his heart.
“Not only do I stop drugs, I can also get my five children back and on top of that, I have been raising them for eight years now,” Meyer said.
His past motivates his present and future by helping others. He started his own food truck service called Best Little Food House in Texas where he cooked his signature gourmet food for those in need.
“A lot of what we do is go to the HOA to feed people,” Meyer said. “We certainly play our own food. I’m all about serving at home like Somerset. We donate every week be it food, money for the needy or parents, for truck drivers, emergency responders and school teachers. “
Meyer did not let the Covid-19 pandemic stop him from serving others as well.
“As a chef, I thought, ‘How can I contribute?’ Easy. Feed the homeless and needy because I know where I come from. The truck driver had nowhere to go when Covid crashed. The elderly go to look for food that endangers their lives and we know they shouldn’t take that risk. We go out and take care packages and make food for them and feed them so they don’t have to go to the store. School teachers will still work and prepare and assess all of these assignments for children. We go and return the favor to them and feed them. We will not stop. We will proceed. “
Meyer said he was grateful God gave him another chance.
“I gave everything to God,” Meyer said. “Most people who don’t believe don’t understand what that means. I am an unbeliever and I say, ‘What are you talking about? Give to God? ‘I don’t know what that means. When you start walking and talking, you will see that happening. You just need to have that leap of faith. “
Meyer said his mission was to continue to spread love and give to those in need.
“With everything that happens with protests and everything, I understand. I strongly believe in protests in America but there are better ways to do this. MLK Jr. is a perfect example of how you do it. I teach that to my children and my coworkers. No, we will not commit violence. We live in a new world and it starts with love. That’s what I mean when I say give to God. Day after day, I take a leap of faith and every time you think he’s done, he doesn’t. He floods you with more love, “Meyer said.
He said he would use his God-fearing faith to spread love through his cooking while he was still alive.
“My children can tell you eight years ago that they did not know who I was,” Meyer said. “If you ask them the same question today, they will be like, ‘I know who my father is. He is a man of God.’ I cannot get better praise.”
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Some countries, such as Victoria, have offered $ 2,000 grants to tenants to help them.
But there is anecdotal evidence that some tenants find that they think they have negotiated the deduction only to find that the landlord has offered a deferment and they now have a debt.
‘Rented bombs’ are looming
Workers asked bureaucrats at a Senate hearing about homelessness last week about the level of rental debt, but the head of social security, Shane Bennett, and the Bureau of Statistics could not explain what proportion of the tenants received responsibility, how many were left in rent and how much who successfully negotiated the deduction.
“We don’t know how many people are behind in their leases and whether, when the freeze ends, we will have many people with large debts that they cannot pay,” said Housing Labor spokesman Jason Clare, said.
“The national cabinet needs to find out quickly how many people are in this situation and find out what, if anything, needs to be done.”
Guardian Australia contacted tenant unions and real estate institutes in three eastern states, but they also only have limited data and are unsure of how many tenants negotiate deferments or get temporary discounts on their rental rates.
The only exception is the Queensland Real Estate Agency which has surveyed 1,200 of its agencies with the property management business and found that only 6.05% of tenants of housing leases qualify as “affected by Covid-19” under the state government Covid-19 emergency response regulations that section.
However, property managers have negotiated an additional 14% of demand for temporary reductions in temporary rents, representing more than 10,800 housing rentals.
Most of the temporary rental reduction reviews took place in Brisbane (37.2%), Gold Coast (14.88%), Sunshine Coast (12.09%) and Cairns (6.51%) with the majority of tenants requiring rental reductions of up to $ 100 per week (69.3%).
The survey did not say whether this temporary reduction was carried out as a hold (and repayment) or as rental assistance.
“I know that agents drive delays,” said Penny Carr, CEO of Tenants Queensland.
But he added: “We don’t know how many time bombs are ticking.”
Queensland has a system where tenants affected by Covid can seek mediation before the court, but Carr said some reduction in rent still leaves tenants with 50% of their income towards rent.
Victoria also applies a mediation system for tenants. Leah Calman, president of Victoria’s Real Estate Institute said 85% was a temporary reduction in rent but there were also some suspension of leases.
But he said there were also examples of tenants who simply stopped paying their rent. “The owners are in big trouble,” he said.
Exactly what will happen in October when most of the state moratorium on evictions ends remains to be seen.
The 60-day termination of landowners who filed for eviction in NSW ended on June 14 and there was a direct jump in the number of cases filed in NSW’s civil court and administration.
In the last two weeks of June, 784 applications were submitted, compared to 554 in the previous two weeks. The moratorium on evictions for tenants affected by Covid continued through the end of September.
The authorities are very concerned about the impact that homelessness can have or the uncertainty of accommodation on their ability to handle the spread of Covid -19.
NSW Tenant Union policy coordinator, Jemima Mowbray said they heard an improvement in the story of people surfing the couch or returning to live with family because they could not afford to pay rent.
He said that ongoing negotiations with real estate agents also added to stress levels, especially because tenants were often inexperienced in negotiations.
The so-called “rent bomb” will come at the same time as a possible change in the support of job guards and job seekers, even though the government seems to want to avoid the financial gap by ending support too suddenly in September. That treasurer will elaborate further support on July 23.
Vanessa, who lives in Brunswick in Melbourne, is an example of the kind of pressure tenants face. He asked not to use his last name.
When the first lockout occurred in March, his work in hospitality stopped suddenly. Faced with a significant reduction in their joint income, he and his partner approached the real estate agent to get rental assistance.
They proposed a 20% reduction in leases for three to four months, but were only offered a suspension of rent, $ 400 per month until September.
“The process is very slow. We had to fill in a difficulty form and ask questions. They don’t ask us directly about our super, but they want to know everything about our finances. “
By the time the six weeks had passed, Vanessa had managed to get a job guard and returned full time, so the couple decided not to take the delay.
But he said the latest lockout had created further uncertainty for their household income.
The couple hopes that, coming October, when their leases will be extended, they can negotiate better rents, or they may decide to move.
“We’ve been here for three and a half years so we want to stay, but we can get property with the same convenience for much cheaper,” Vanessa said.
Real estate headwinds
Rent in inner Melbourne and Sydney has dropped sharply, thanks to Covid-19.
The results of the Vacancy Institute Real Estate of NSW (REINSW) Survey for June 2020 show that vacancies in Sydney increased for the fourth consecutive month and now sit at 4.5%, up 0.4% from May and 1.5% since March .
“The ring in Sydney experienced the most significant change, rising 0.8% to 5.8%,” said REINSW CEO, Tim McKibbin.
The middle ring also increased, with an increase of 0.6% to 4.6%, although vacancies in the outer ring of Sydney declined, possibly reflecting entry into cheaper suburbs.
In May, vacancies in the inner ring reached an 18-year high of 5.1% – results that had surpassed in June and showed no signs of abating.
“Looking back at the survey results of more than 20 years, we have not seen vacancy rates as high as this. “It’s really shocking,” McKibbin said.
“The fall in rental rates that will definitely follow can help tenants but it can be a disaster for many landlords.”
Leanne Pilkington, president of REINSW said that she believes the suspension of leases is a minority, not a majority and that most are negotiating rent reductions, often every month.
He also said a number of tenants also chose to break their leases and move to cheaper places.
DUBAI: About 200 Pakistani homeless people have been turned over to the Dubai Pakistan Consulate to arrange for their return from the Emirates because they were forced to sleep along the road in Dubai, a senior diplomat told The News.
The stranded Pakistanis were forced to live on various roads in Dubai after becoming homeless after the coronavirus outbreak because they did not have enough money to get rented space and buy their food, the Pakistani Consulate said.
“Around 100 homeless people have been returned to Pakistan on special flights while others will be evacuated soon,” he said.
The senior diplomat who declined to be named revealed that the Pakistani homeless were found sleeping in Jumeirah, the streets of Al Wasl and the nearest consulate building and trying to return to their homeland.
“Local authorities have asked to facilitate them and make arrangements for their repatriation,” he said.
Pakistan’s diplomatic mission in Dubai arranges for the homeless residents and starts sending them to their homeland, the Consulate of Pakistan stressed Dubai.
“We have arranged for the housing of Pakistani homeless people in Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah,” consular officials said.
The consulate not only facilitates housing but also arranges food for Pakistani homeless people stranded in Dubai, according to information from the consulate.
Many workers from Pakistan have no choice but to sleep on the side of the road from where the local authorities take them and hand them over to Pakistani authorities after careful scrutiny, the senior diplomat said.
“Unfortunately, some of these Pakistani homeless people have financial dispute cases against them too so some of them will not be able to return without resolving these cases,” he said.