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“It looks like I won’t have a place to stay,” she said. “I don’t have any money.”
Bennett is among the estimated 2 million jobless people who would lose extended unemployment insurance by the end of the year if federal lawmakers aren’t able to reach a deal this week. The
Republicans oppose extending benefits unless they are paid for with cuts elsewhere in the federal budget, while the
“I feel let down,” said Bennett, who was looking for jobs online at a local Workforce Solution Center last week. “It seems like they felt they helped us enough and we don’t need any more help. They can’t see what’s going on out here and they don’t want to see it.”
The mother of three has been out of work since last June, when she lost her job as a school administration assistant in the
Unemployment insurance — benefits currently received by about 114,000 Houstonians — typically provide 26 weeks of assistance to unemployed Americans. The benefits have been extended eight times since the recession began.
The average benefit provides a little over
He said he has been so focused on finding a job, he hasn’t had time to think about Christmas for his children.
“It’s very bad because there’s no work,” Addison said.
“I’m under pressure,” Borroum said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
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