“Saturday Night Live” star Michael Che recently lost his grandmother to the coronavirus.
The actor, comedian and writer honored his grandmother’s memory by subsidizing this month’s rent for her old neighbors in her former NYC public housing building.
The “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update host revealed on the show last weekend that his grandmother Martha died on April 5 after contracting COVID-19.
Che also signed off from the Weekend Update segment during the first-ever “SNL: At Home” broadcast as “Martha’s grandbaby.”
Che said that his grandmother moved out of the New York City Housing Authority building in the 1990s.
He’s covering the rent for all 160 apartments in the complex to honor her spirit and legacy.
Che also wants to raise awareness for the millions of unemployed Americans facing financial hardships right now.
On an Instagram post, Che said, “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 went on to say, “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.”
Che has called on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Diddy to help. Postscripting, “Let’s fix this! Page me!”
Che grew up in a housing project on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and has led fundraisers for New York City Housing Authority residents before.
CNN reports, nearly a third of renters in America missed their April rent payments and the number of coronavirus-related layoffs continues to rise as unemployment claims reached another 5.25 million last week.
And while stimulus checks of up to $1,200 for adults, $2,400 for married couples and $500 per child are starting to hit bank accounts, to the great relief of many, one in three Americans say the one-time payment won’t cover their expenses for even a month.