Caroline Gutman

Photographer
   
The New York Times: For Tenants Nationwide, a Scramble to Pay Months of Rent or Face Eviction
Location: Washington, DC & Philadelphia, PA
Nationality: American
Biography: Caroline Gutman is a freelance photographer and writer based between Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA, USA. Her work often looks at gender and economic inequality, climate change, and art and cultural innovation. Her work has been featured by... MORE
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The New York Times: For Tenants Nationwide, a Scramble to Pay Months of Rent or Face Eviction
Copyright Caroline Gutman 2022
Updated Aug 2021
Topics Community, Documentary, Economy, Editorial, Eviction, Family, Homelessness, Housing, Minority, Pandemic, Photography, Photojournalism, Politics, Portraiture, Rent, Spotlight
Migreldi Lara applied three times for rental assistance during the pandemic. It never came. Now, she and her three children face eviction, as the federal eviction moratorium expires today.

Story by Sophie Kasakove: “Before the pandemic, she had dreamed of saving to buy a small house with a yard and setting aside money to put her children, who are 6, 8 and 11, through college. But now she does not even know what they will do next month.

“Unemployment benefits helped Ms. Lara catch up until the extra $600 a week approved by Congress expired in July 2020. When she does not have enough money for gas to move her car, she sometimes leaves it parked illegally, racking up tickets.

“Eleven months later, Ms. Lara is still waiting for assistance.

“If the federal government doesn’t help us, we are going to collapse,” Ms. Lara said.”
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