Politician asks landlords, banks for patience after unemployment benefits run out

Local politician asking for understanding for those faced with ending unemployment benefits
December 31, 2013 4:54:18 PM PST
Extended federal unemployment benefits for more than a million Americans came to an end over the weekend, after Congress let the program expire. The end of the unemployment benefits means families will lose their average monthly stipend of more than $1,100.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee asked landlords and banks to work with people who have lost their federal extended unemployment benefits, while she hopes Congress will bring those benefits back next week.

Cynthia Grant says she's been looking for work since the summer of 2012, and while she thinks she's close to a job, so far she's depended on family and federal extended unemployment benefits -- or did, until they ended on December 28. The average monthly stipend was $1,166 a month.

On Tuesday Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee called a news conference to ask landlords and banks to work with those who had been receiving extended unemployment.

"That they will allow these individuals to show the paperwork that they were recipients of the unemployment and that it was cut off on the 28th and to not evict them," Jackson Lee said.

Congress will likely take up the matter next week. But Jackson Lee says about 11,000 Houstonians won't have money for at least a few weeks.

We reached out to Senator Ted Cruz for his take on the issue and have not heard back from him.

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