What happens next without a stimulus

Without more direct aid from the Federal government to Americans in the form of a second stimulus, many, many local residents and homeowners are going to lose their properties.

They’ve already lost their jobs and their unemployment benefits which run out in another month.

Without further federal aid, the future is looking dismal for this city’s most needy residents, and for the city itself. For those who were employed in the cleaning industry and at restaurants, there are very few opportunities for a new job.

Many, many families are running low on funds.

The lines for free food are longer than they were during the complete shutdown of the economy – another bad sign of things to come.

There is no easy way to highlight just how serious a moment we are at.

The Encore Boston Harbor Hotel and Casino has laid off more than 4,000 employees.

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Fear grows with lack of stimulus funding

Everett Grace Food Pantry volunteer distributes food. The pantry has provided over 1 million pounds of food since the pandemic started. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

US Senate oblivious to people’s needs

By JOSH RESNEK

The working people from this city we speak with every day are worried that without a new stimulus, and soon, jobs are going to permanently disappear, economic instability will intensify, and the nation’s recovery from the pandemic will be seriously threatened.

Everett has been hard hit by the pandemic and the subsequent closing down of the local economy.

It has been weeks since the partial reopening of the local economy. Many businesses have yet to get back to where they were before the pandemic hit in March. Government aid for smaller businesses is at an end right now.

The city government has laid off employees. In at least one instance, the city government has reneged on a promise to hire new employees, leaving those that expected to be hired in a lurch.

Some businesses have closed.

Many thousands of Everett residents have been out of work for months.

“Another stimulus would provide me and my family with an unemployment extension, the $1,200 stimulus grants and with free food, we can get by. Without government aid, surviving is made near to impossible,” said Santiago Vega, a cleaner for a local janitorial service. Vega worked in skyscrapers cleaning offices for 8 years before the pandemic hit.

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How you will be affected by the federal stimulus package

How you will be affected by the federal stimulus package

By JOSH RESNEK

With the economy in a recession and millions of unemployed being added to the total each week, the Senate and the House are racing to complete a Stimulus package that reach the president’s desk for his signature at post haste speed.

What can Everett residents and businessmen and women expect?

First, despite all the rhetoric about what the Republicans want versus what the Democrats want is to know this: the bill will get done and it will be signed sooner rather than later – right on the cusp of the end of July and the beginning of August.

Everyone who received a $1,200 stimulus check the last time will receive them again.

The sooner the bill is agreed upon and the sooner the president signs it, the sooner the funds will be released by the Treasury to Americans.

Predictions range from around August 14 to August 24.

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