“It’s crazy to me that residents of public housing are still expected to pay their rent when so many New Yorkers can’t even work. Obviously I can’t offer much help by myself. But in the spirit and memory of my late grandmother, I’m paying one month’s rent for all 160 apartments in the NYCHA building she lived in.”
New York has been hit extremely hard by the COVID-19, with over 100k cases since the start of April. On April 5 Che revealed in a post on Instagram that his grandmother, Martha, had died from the coronvirus, “I’m doing OK, considering. I’m obviously very hurt and angry that she had to go through all that pain alone. But I’m also happy that she’s not in pain anymore. I don’t know if I’ll lose someone else to this virus. I don’t know if I’ll be lost to this virus.”
As the lockdown in New York has prevented many from earning a living, Che’s donation is a welcomed relief to resident who weren’t sure how they’d pay their rent.