Michael Che Pays a Month's Rent for Everyone in Building His Grandma Lived Before Her Coronavirus Death
The Saturday Night Live star shared that his grandma died of COVID-19 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,” Che said.
“Obviously I can’t offer much help by myself,” he continued. “But in the spirit and memory of my late grandmother, I’m paying one month’s rent for all 160 apartments in the NYCHA building she lived in.”
“I know that’s just a drop in the bucket,” the comedian acknowledged. “So I really hope the city has a better plan for debt forgiveness for all the people in public housing, AT THE VERY LEAST.”
“Let’s fix this!” Che said. “Page me!”
Che announced that his grandmother had passed away from the contagious respiratory virus earlier this month.
“I’m doing ok, considering,” he wrote on Instagram on April 6. “I’m obviously very hurt and angry that she had to go through all that pain alone. But I’m also happy that she’s not in pain anymore. And I also feel guilty for feeling happy. Basically the whole gamut of complex feelings everybody else has losing someone very close and special. I’m not unique.”
“But it’s still scary,” he said.
The SNL star also shared his frustrations at the lack of information about COVID-19.
“I need a better story,” he said. “I’m just not willing to accept that right now. F— THAT. I need a better story. I know, I shouldn’t curse, but I’m grieving.”
New York is currently the epicenter of the virus, with at least 213,779 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state as of Wednesday, with 11,586 related deaths.
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