‘It hurts,’ says one Antioch mother of six about her adolescent son’s job search amid a persistent delay in rent relief payments.

In order to keep hundreds of thousands of residents from being evicted while they wait for state financial assistance, California extended its rent relief program for another three months.

Last week, we ran with Kamila Miller, who was protesting the state’s decision to end the rent subsidy.



On Friday, 24 hours after AB 2179 was signed into law, we contacted her. Those who applied for the “Housing Is Key” program will be protected from eviction for the next 90 days.


“My family and I would go crazy if we were to be homeless in three months since it’s just another stopwatch.” The situation wouldn’t even begin from scratch. Like, oh, my God. In other words, it’s back to square one. Even now, our car is on the ground. We had the automobile last time.”

According to a security expert, 25% to 30% of all rent relief claims are fake.

The moment we entered her house, she proudly showed us her degree in child development.

“I had just found out I was expecting. Besides working and attending school, I had a baby “Kamilah made the comment.

Her dining area was transformed into a childcare center by her entrepreneurial spirit. This residence is also where her six children are educated at home and where they will eventually be called home. They’re two months behind on their lease.


Over 350,000 Californians who applied for the “Housing is Key” program are still waiting for their landlords to be paid. My daughter, a 15-year-old high school student, is thinking about working.


“The pressure is crushing,” Miller said. “I don’t want him to have that same pressure. There is nothing I don’t want him to know that as a young person, you have to work so hard in order to survive.”

Six years ago, their entire family was homeless. Kamilah and her husband are both working two jobs in an effort to expand their childcare business. There is no limit to what can be achieved with hard work, they are teaching their children.


That you’re worried that what you’re teaching them could harm them in the long run..?”


The writer of this piece, Kamilah Miller, says “Doesn’t mean a thing. Having a roof over our heads isn’t worth anything if we can’t maintain it.”


Landlords, on the other hand, are likewise having a hard time. The state receives roughly 9 thousand new applications each week. The backlog will take the state nine months to process alone.


“That means that, after 90 days, the vast majority of the applications that are still pending will go unanswered. In our estimation, that number might be in the range of 150,000 to 180,000, which tells us there isn’t enough time to process all the applications “Derek Barnes, executive director of the East Bay Rental Housing Association, made the remarks.

It is possible for some landlords to lose their homes, Barnes added.


“It’s feared that families who were and are in these possible situations may not receive the relief grant. Small property owners, who are unable to collect rent, pay taxes, or cover the costs of running their enterprises suffer as a result of this “Barnes remarked.

Kamilah, on the other hand, is doing her best to keep her family together.


Luz Pena: “I see a lot of anguish in your grin, even though you’re smiling.”


Kamilah Miller: “Yeah. It’s a motherly thing. We can’t show them because we have to smile as moms.”


You can donate to the Millers’ GoFundMe to help them out while they wait for state aid.

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