Fi­nan­cial strug­gles

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

As the stag­ger­ing num­ber of un­em­ployed Amer­i­cans con­tin­ues to rise be­cause of busi­ness clo­sures, the fi­nan­cial strug­gles for sin­gle-par­ent house­holds have been hit the hard­est.

Sin­gle moth­ers and fathers across the coun­try are hav­ing a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult time pro­vid­ing even the ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties for their chil­dren.

From di­a­pers to pull-ups and wash­ing de­ter­gent, to over-the-counter med­i­ca­tions and hy­giene prod­ucts, the fi­nan­cial chal­lenges sin­gle par­ents face are tremen­dous. With­out sup­port from friends, loved ones or neigh­bors, many sin­gle par­ents find them­selves in de­spair. They have to cope with a great deal of emo­tional stress, as well.

Park­ing tick­ets, an ex­pired driver’s li­cense or even a badly needed car re­pair can dev­as­tate a very low in­come sin­gle-par­ent house­hold these days. Moth­ers, who typ­i­cally are the care­givers for their chil­dren, see a sec­ond round of stim­u­lus to be the only hope for sur­viv­ing the fall­out from COVID-19. Wil­liam J. Booker, West Loop

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