More than 325,000 of lowest-income households in New York City, amounting to one million people, could be evicted over the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a nonprofit providing aid to homeless children.
"Without intervention, there is no way to prevent those million people from becoming homeless," Christine Quinn, the president and CEO of the nonprofit Win, told ABC News Wednesday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, meanwhile, praised the House Federal Stimulus bill, which would provide $17 billion in direct aid to New York City.
"This is the kind of help we need," de Blasio said at a daily briefing.
Since the middle of March to May 2, 830,000 city residents have filed an initial claim for unemployment.
This is while another round of near-term coronavirus spending has faced opposition from top Republicans such as US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.
"Youíve seen the talk from both sides about acting, but my goal from the beginning of this, given the extraordinary numbers that weíre racking up to the national debt, is that we need to be as cautious as we can be," McConnell said.
"We need to see how things are working, see what needs to be corrected, and I do think that the next time we pass a coronavirus rescue bill we need to have everyone here and everyone engaged."
The US government has been facing criticism over the past weeks because of downplaying the threat of the COVID-19 and giving a poor response to the pandemic.
SOURCE: PRESS TV