New York (CBSNewYork) — Many people had COVID-19 in mind when voters voted in the Bronx.
The pandemic had a disproportionate impact on the autonomous regions that already had a share of the challenge, CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported Thursday.
“We’re not okay. No one is ready. No one is okay. Everyone is having a hard time,” said Jocelyne Rojas of Bronxworks Food Pantry.
The 26-year-old was fired from her former full-time retail business. She is back at work, but only 15 hours a week.
“What I made isn’t enough for me to feed myself, feed my mother, and maintain an apartment. You still have your phone bill,” Rojas said.
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She is not alone.
The city’s unemployment rate is about 14%, but in the Bronx it’s almost 19%, the highest of any district.
Bronxworks is trying to fill the gap through various programs. This tripled the number of pantry locations to 12, and extended service hours and days, including the Morris Senior Center.
Irene Torres, Secretary-General of The Bronx Works, said:
City and state support, including evictions and a moratorium of utilities, has helped, but many are afraid of what will happen when it is lifted.
“Immediately after New York City became the epicenter of the pandemic, the Bronx really became the epicenter of the epicenter,” Torres said.
COVID-19 is especially deadly in this autonomous region due to its high population density, large number of essential workers and many existing conditions.
“I lost about eight friends,” said resident Lesbian Hutchinson.
Like many seniors, Hutchinson mourns alone and suffers from forced social isolation.
“I’m very depressed. I’m very depressed behind it,” Hutchinson said.
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On Tuesday, voters re-elected Congressman Alexandria Ocasiocortes. Newcomers Ritchie Torres and Jamal Bowman also won the parliamentary race. They all vow to deal with the deep inequality of the Bronx.
Recovery comes with more grounds to make up for.
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