While some women had already found themselves unemployed, many more had to reduce their hours or leave their jobs completely to ensure their children had access to education. The loss of a paycheck in dual income families, and the loss of the only paycheck for single mothers, has created a real crisis for families everywhere.
The fallout from unemployment among women.
With little to no resources to make up for the loss of income, families have few options for paying the bills. For families all across southern California, there are still mouths to feed and the rent is still due.
Nowhere is that rent more staggeringly high than here in our state. For many local residents, housing insecurity has never been greater, with 422,000 households with children in California spending more than 30% of their income on rent. Adding to the crisis of housing insecurity, 1 in 8 households are experiencing shortages of food, leaving local families uncertain about where their next meal will come from. Many of these families consist of single mothers and children, or dual income families reduced to a single income with a mother out of work.
Getting women back into jobs can mean the difference between paying rent or facing eviction. It can also mean the difference between buying groceries or wondering how they’ll feed her children their next meal.