By Susan Dunlap, NM Political Report
Aug. 30, 2021

With federal unemployment assistance ending in New Mexico on Sept. 4, Albuquerque resident Rhiannon Chavez-Ross worries she could lose her house.

A single mom with two children, Chavez-Ross lost her party and event business when the COVID-19 pandemic began. She said she received a Paycheck Protection Program loan of less than $1,000 for her business last year and she has been on unemployment benefits since the early days of the virus’ spread. But, she said she has had to supplement her unemployment relief with money from her savings. Now, with the benefits ending and her savings drained, she said she doesn’t know what she will do.

“My stress levels are through the roof,” she told NM Political Report.

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