When Latrish Oseko lost her job last spring, government aid helped prevent a crisis from becoming a catastrophe.
A $1,700 federal stimulus payment meant that when her 26-year-old car broke down, she could replace it. The $600 a week in extra unemployment benefits from the federal government allowed her to pay rent and buy food. When her day care provider closed, she was able to get her 4-year-old daughter a subscription to ABCmouse, an online learning app.
But the federal money has run out, and talks in Washington over how to replace it have broken down.
So Oseko, 39, is spending much of her time sitting in the Delaware hotel room where she has lived since her landlord kicked her out at