COVID-19 upended his family’s life when Edwin and his partner, Marisol, both lost their jobs.
“This is the month I’ve run out of options,” Edwin said.
His rent is overdue and his unemployment application was denied. He has no friends left with extra money to lend.
“The only reason we haven’t starved is food stamps and church donations.”
Edwin and Marisol live with his seven year old son in a small North Miami apartment. When his son got a severe cold last month, they tried in vain to find an open health clinic that would take his son’s Medicaid health insurance. The boy waited it out at home without ever seeing a doctor or getting medications.
“Thank goodness he made it,” Edwin said. “We were so worried it was the virus.”
Edwin has chest pains and back pain but is unable to see a doctor because he has no health insurance and even low-cost clinics for the uninsured are beyond his means.
“I worry it’s something serious,” he said. He is a former smoker and fears he may have developed lung disease or has COVID-19 and could give it to his family.