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‘Incredibly Scary’: Single Moms Fear Falling Through Holes In Pandemic Safety Net

  • Published: November 26, 2020

Nellie Riether, a single mom from Ringwood, N.J., faces a stark choice: raid her retirement savings or uproot her kids from home and move in with her sister.

“To be honest, it’s mortifying and embarrassing at 46 years old to say I’m going to have to move in with my sister,” she says. “Emotionally, it’s a bit of a failure.”

Riether has been out of work since April, when she was furloughed from her job in office building design. She can’t pay the rent much longer, and she’s worried about her kids, who are 13 and 15.

The state jobless benefits she receives don’t even cover her rent, let alone her car payment, insurance and food. And she’s frustrated that Congress couldn’t figure out a compromise months ago to send more help in the middle of a national emergency…Read More

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