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  • What else may be used in Turkey is it could be any home in America, the grocery list, negotiation loving Jews we can report.

  • And like millions of homes across the country right now, you can see the burden.

  • Nick Stanford and his fianc?

  • Angela, our shoulder with four Children and a home just north of San Francisco.

  • There's just not enough money coming in.

  • How you guys holding up?

  • Barely getting by?

  • It's exhausting.

  • It's stressful trying to stay positive for the kids, but definitely tears at night.

  • Sometimes we don't know when the next payment's gonna come in.

  • There is unemployment right now.

  • Nichols, like more than 16 million other Americans, unemployed things to the Kobe 19 pendant.

  • What's that like when you get that phone call and went inside?

  • And I told her, You know, I just lost my job.

  • The first thing that we did was, you know, get on inside out front appointment.

  • I have no other options as far as bringing money in my type of words.

  • So I had thio taken next up.

  • So, Angela, what was your reaction?

  • You know, when you when your husband comes in and says Here's what happened?

  • Yeah, my stomach.

  • Her immediately.

  • I was just thinking, you know, rent.

  • We rely on you know each other's income, uh, help with the bills because Covert 19 isn't just a medical emergency.

  • It's an economic emergency.

  • Angela still has her job working from home for now, but that's only half their normal income.

  • Nick apply for unemployment and received his first deposit at the end of March.

  • You do receive a debit card through Bank of America, which comes in this former here.

  • The payment total $450 only about 1/3 of his typical take home not even close to what they need to get some eggs first.

  • My next.

  • For this week, we're gonna get some lemonade.

  • Navigating the new economic normal is a journey full of potholes, frustration and confusion.

  • I had to lay off about 60 employees one day.

  • Our income has just dropped so much I filed for unemployment, but I haven't gotten that yet.

  • There's so many people you applying for it that the system one sounds are experts say 45 million Americans are risk of losing their jobs in the pandemic.

  • A startling new poll reveals just how much Americans air struggling, 41% reports some loss of income.

  • More than 1/4 of Americans say someone in their household has been laid off.

  • What in five are struggling to pay their bills?

  • They said that they would work with us and we could make four payments, barely barely scraping by on, you know, we're getting behind, you know, were struggling.

  • And we really need this money.

  • I just feel like this.

  • The system that's in place right now it's not.

  • It's not working.

  • This is what covet 19 and four kids.

  • Looks like nearly 3000 miles away in Virginia, Keith Walker and his partner, Billy, aren't sure how they'll make ends meet this man.

  • 12.

  • Preparing Thio Have my phone interview with food stamps to see if I can possibly get those.

  • There's my beautiful salon.

  • Both men are out of work right now, and neither qualifies for unemployment, even though Keith has run a successful salon for a decade.

  • So it's been more than a month for you.

  • Do you feel like you've been left behind?

  • Yes, I have been left, Um, because still, as of right now, no idea if anything's gonna come through or not.

  • Did you ever think when you're building your business that at some point you would fall through the cracks?

  • Never, Never thought in a 1,000,000 years never thought it.

  • What's more, the couple is adopting four Children, all under the age of six.

  • How do you explain this to them?

  • The other morning?

  • Um uh, four year old wanted waffles for breakfast, and we had no waffles, and I could not go to the grocery store.

  • But we can't go to the store buddy boy to get waffles and we're out of them.

  • We had to all sit down at the breakfast table, and I had to say, Listen, guys, there's a lot of sick people in the world and we need to stay healthy and we need to stay safe.

  • So we need to stay home.

  • Okay.

  • Do you love me?

  • I love you, too.

  • The government has launched several programs for small businesses.

  • Economist Diane Swonk talking about small businesses.

  • It seems like they're really suffering.

  • The sort of heartbreaking part of this is how rapidly small businesses had to shut down and lay people off and how hard it has been for them.

  • to get access to the funds that were allocated for him and whether or not those funds were even structured right.

  • We know almost half of small businesses can't make it more than two months, and we're coming up on that mark.

  • Now, if I may ask, How tight is it getting for you?

  • I need something soon, probably within the next few weeks.

  • Here's all the paperwork that I work one every day.

  • These are applications for loans.

  • E mails that I replied Thio, the lovely unemployment letter of denial.

  • I don't know what's gonna happen.

  • It's kind of crazy.

  • E just hangs up.

  • You're doing all the things that people are supposed to do, who live a good life in this country.

  • And now you find yourself in this situation.

  • It's the great American life, right?

  • Like right?

  • I'm very disappointed, confused, angry people like me that have applied.

  • We apply, we apply.

  • And here I am in week, five weeks.

  • Six.

  • Whatever weak it is zero income.

  • Just a few hours up the road in Washington, lawmakers air under pressure to approve 1/4 wave of funding.

  • The first relief planes included that $1200.1 time relief pain, which is just starting to go out, expanded and enhance unemployment benefits, including a supplemental $600 on each check and loans for small business owners.

  • But money is going to run out for that by the end of the week.

  • Congress isn't due back in Washington until May.

  • Is that enough?

  • I want to be more.

  • We're gonna need more.

  • We have a system that's for a different era and for certainly a different kind of crisis, not one that was ever meant to Whether this kind of crisis may is coming another round.

  • The bills were coming.

  • Are people gonna see additional relief?

  • You think the next 2 to 4 weeks we will get more of the small business lending out there will be more liquidity form.

  • Or but is it in all the places we need?

  • No, absolutely not.

  • As for Nick and Angela, they hoped unemployment money would be at least a stopgap.

  • Until this week.

  • Nick made a devastating discovery.

  • So I just found out that there was fraud on my Bank of America card on me D D card.

  • So now at the cancel, my card order a new one would imagine there have been many hard days what's been the hardest?

  • What did that day look like every day that it adds more stress?

  • And I felt like yesterday was almost breaking point with us.

  • If you could talk to President Trump, what might you say to him?

  • You know, it's great for the stimulus tricks are coming out, but I don't know that families today we decided to take the kids on a hike.

  • For Keith Walker, the struggle right now is just to keep some kind of work going.

  • He started making color kits to go for his clients.

  • What I do is I dropped it off at their doorstep.

  • There's no interaction.

  • There's no contact.

  • They either pay me by Venmo or they'll leave a cheque taped to their front door.

  • There is a calmness to you in the midst of this storm.

  • What does that come from?

  • My faith, Um, and my Children.

  • As frustrating as it is, I know that it will be okay and I just have to hold it together.

  • One more day is what I tell myself each day.

  • Just together One more day.

  • Be strong for the kids.

  • One more day and things will change and if not, will still be okay.

  • Hope is a choice many Americans are making.

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