After making a statement that he finds it “crazy” that public housing residents are “still expected to pay rent,” Saturday Night Live star Michael Che has announced he will cover one month’s rent for each of the 160 apartments in the New York City Housing Authority building where his late grandmother had lived in the ’90s.
Che, 36, said the building is significant in his family’s history, and he chose to help its residents in honor of his grandmother who recently passed away due to complications brought on by coronavirus.
Che posted on his Instagram that the gesture is “just a drop in the bucket.” He urges the city to draw up a plan for debt forgiveness to be granted to, “at the very least,” those living in public housing.
He even called out NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and unofficial NYC official Diddy, asking the heavy hitters to get in touch with him in order to figure out how to help New Yorkers whose housing may be in jeopardy due to the pandemic.
There hasn’t been much progress made toward addressing the issue since De Blasio said he would “immediately” look into the idea of a rent moratorium for NYC residents back in March.
After his grandmother’s passing, Che shared an emotional post:
“Last night my grandmother passed away from the coronavirus. I’m doing ok, considering. 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.”
Che exposes his vulnerability at a time when we can all relate. He urges his followers to stay healthy, and he said he doesn’t know if he’ll lose someone else to this virus or if he will lose himself.
“Look I know how easy it is to sit around eating cookies and s—t in quarantine. Believe me. That’s my jam,” he wrote. “But this virus seems to affect those with pre-existing health conditions the most, and you know how you get a lot of those pre-existing conditions…?”
“Sitting around and eating cookies and s—t.”
The star hopes the media will provide people with more information about how to prepare to fight the virus, and he encourages his followers to do whatever they can to remain physically strong.
When Che isn’t offering his heart, mind, and money to supporting those most in need, he’s still making people laugh. SNL is back with a work-from-home edition “Weekend Update” featuring “President Trump.”