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Threat of homelessness piles more pressure on pandemic front lines

October 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

For three months this year, in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, Diane Lusk was out of work. Then one day she came home to find her electricity had been turned off.

Wilmer, Texas (CNN)For three months this year, in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, Diane Lusk was out of work.

Now the 60-year-old cook often works 12-hour days trying to dig herself out of the valley of despair created by the pandemic.

Favors said that, before the pandemic, close to 400 people a week would show up for boxes of meats and fresh vegetables.

From the kitchen of his home, Melton spends hours every day counseling people of their rights as tenants and what they can do to protect themselves.

Melton dials another phone number and on the other end is a woman desperately trying to help a friend who is days away from not being able to pay her rent.

Melton said the team of volunteer lawyers have helped 4,000 people who are facing eviction in the last six months.

many hours a day talking to people that are going through what is probably one of the worst experiences of their life," he said.

A few months ago, Melton said he got a call from a woman who had been kicked out of her apartment.

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