Comedian Michael Che is honoring his late grandmother by paying the rent of her neighbors. The Saturday Night Live star announced his generous plan in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
Che said he is paying the rent of the residents in his late grandmother Martha‘s apartment block, following her death from the coronavirus earlier this month.
“It’s crazy to me that residents of public housing are still expected to pay their rent when so many New Yorkers can’t even work,” he wrote. “Obviously, I can’t offer much help by myself. But in the spirit and memory of my late grandmother, I’m paying one month’s rent for all 160 apartments in the NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) building she lived in.
“I know that’s just a drop in the bucket. So I really hope the city has a better plan for debt forgiveness for all the people in public housing, AT THE VERY LEAST.”
He concluded his post with a plea to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo and rap mogul Sean Combs, writing, “Let’s fix this! Page me!”
According to a previous report from the NYCHA, the average apartment rent for one of their tenants is $522 a month, meaning Che can expect to pay out around $83,520 to cover April’s rent for the residents.