During my special this morning on surviving the next wave of COVID, I shared a letter from comedian and MC @ThatEvanFowler in Atlanta, GA. He says the pandemic has left him “a single baby-step away from homelessness.”
@ThatEvanFowler 2/7
Evan writes, “Even if they hadn't cancelled all live events, I still would have had to go into long-term quarantine because I am the sole caretaker for my elderly mother. I am also immunocompromised due to a near-fatal bout with genetic pancreatitis a few years back.”
@ThatEvanFowler 3/7
“When they passed the CARES Act, I signed up immediately for assistance as a gig worker. The $600 expansion was a godsend. It kept the rent paid, let us buy groceries, and covered all of the bills.”
@ThatEvanFowler 4/7
“Now that the CARES Act expansion has expired, I get $150 a week in unemployment. That's it. We have no savings. We have no family to borrow from. We had to cut groceries in half to save for as much rent as possible.”
@ThatEvanFowler 5/7
“That lasted just long enough for us to get used to one meal a day, then it was either cut it in half again or stop paying bills. Our apartment complex is still demanding money, but I'm incapable of doing anything to get it for them.”
@ThatEvanFowler 6/7
“My unemployment benefits end next week, and we’re going to be literally penniless for Thanksgiving and Christmas. More than half of my friends and coworkers are in the same position. None of us know what to do.”
@ThatEvanFowler 7/7
Evan didn’t ask for anything, but so many of you have reached out wondering how to help. Here is the link to donate: gofundme.com/f/save-the-eva….

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