WASHINGTON, D.C. - For unemployed teacher Katie Krupp of Springfield, Ohio, the $600 that the federal government temporarily added to state unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic has been a lifeline that allowed her to pay her mortgage and other bills after her job was eliminated.
Krupp says her applications for new education jobs have been passed over, and she can’t work in stores or restaurants because she has an autoimmune disease that puts her at risk for severe complications if she caught the coronavirus. Krupp says she fears losing her home and many of her possessions with expiration of the weekly relief payments that were granted in the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Legislators made the benefits temporary in hopes the pandemic would subside over the summer.
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