Michael Che Pays Rent for Tenants in Building Where His Late Grandmother Used to Live


  • Michael Che from Saturday Night Live pays the rental fees for 160 apartments in the New York City Housing Authority building.
  • The donation is to honor his grandmother who recently passed away after contracting the virus, he says.
  • He also requests communication with the local government, hoping to come up with a plan to help people faced with housing problems during this crisis.

Saturday Night Live star finds it “crazy” that city residents in public housing are “still expected to pay rent” in spite of the economic situation.

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Michael Che, 36, donates to public housing residents, paying rental fees of 160 apartments in the New York City Housing Authority building. He says that the donation is to honor his grandmother who recently passed away after contracting the coronavirus, explaining that the building is where she used to live back in the ’90s.

The donation, as he considers it, is “just a drop in the bucket.” Michael asks the local government for plans on housing problems in the city, requesting debt forgiveness, “at the very least” for those in public housing.

The issue on housing was forwarded to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and unofficial NYC resident Diddy, requesting hand in hand partnership with the local government to address the problem. The goal on his part is to help city residents who are facing housing problems because of the coronavirus.

There remains minimal progress on this possible partnership. Mayor De Blasio assured immediate action, saying that his office will look into the idea of a rent moratorium for city residents back in March.

Michael posted about his grandmother, sharing his grief:

“Last night my grandmother passed away from the coronavirus. 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.”

The written post lays out his emotions at this time. He points out the possibility of loss, whether be it another person in his life, or that maybe he will lose himself.

“Look I know how easy it is to sit around eating cookies and s—t in quarantine. Believe me. That’s my jam,” he wrote. “But this virus seems to affect those with pre-existing health conditions the most, and you know how you get a lot of those pre-existing conditions…?”

Michael is hoping that more information about how to prepare for the virus would be made available to the public. For now, he encourages everybody to make an effort to be physically strong.

Saturday Night Live with Michael Che continues to make people laugh. This time, in a work-from-home edition “Weekend Update” featuring “President Trump.”

Source: Tank’s Good News