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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.
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Opportunistic landlords are taking advantage of the coronavirus economic crisis by offering their female tenants intimate arrangements in exchange for free rent.
Local officials are receiving reports of unscrupulous landlords allegedly asking for sexual favors from female tenants who were laid off and can't afford their rent during the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. immigration attorney Kevin Block said, "I am concerned because reported incidents indicate a greater number of unreported incidents."
Block noted some landlords have gone as far as to ask their female tenants to send them naked pics on their cell phones.
Only 69% of American tenants paid their rent in April. Nearly 20 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits.
This is beyond ridiculous! I am not one to tell anyone how they should spend their finances, but $200,000 a month on a duplex when there are children starving in the world? Just because you have the means doesn't mean you should be reckless and wasteful with it.
According to online reports, Cruise and Holmes "fell in love" with a two-story penthouse apartment in Donald Trump's building on Park Avenue.
The duplex has a huge terrace, four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a den, a library, dining room and kitchen - and boasts 360 degree views of Manhattan.
Trump building boss Michael Cohen tells the New York Post, "She saw it and she loved it. They're very interested and are now making their decision." (Source)
At least they're not buying the penthouse so they won't be stuck with a home mortgage of $200,000-a-month. The penthouse is on the market for a staggering $45 million.