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.”