Sumary of From COVID to Ida: Louisiana’s marginalized ‘see no way out’:
- Months into the pandemic, she faced eviction from her New Orleans apartment.
- Like nearly a fifth of the state’s population — disproportionately represented by Black residents and women — Blunt, 51, lives below the poverty line, and the economic fallout of the pandemic sent her to the brink.
- With the help of a legal aid group and grassroots donors, she moved to Chalmette, a few miles outside New Orleans, and tried to settle into a two-bedroom apartment.
- Among survivors of the deadly storm, the toll has been deepest in many ways for people like Blunt — those who already lost livelihoods to the COVID-19 pandemic in a region of longstanding racial and social inequality.
- “The government is really disconnected from what it’s like for people who have little to no safety net,” said Maggie Harris, a documentarian and grassroots organizer who last year created a fundraiser for Blunt and other women economically devastated by the pandemic.
- Her only hope, she said, is Social Security and other disability benefits.
- She applied before the storm, she said, but has yet to hear back — social safety net programs are often disrupted in the wake of disasters.
- ” ____Anti-poverty and housing advocates in Louisiana bemoan links between being Black or brown, living in impoverished areas, and being underserved by governmental disaster response.