Casey Emery is an unemployed single mom living in Berkeley with one of her daughters. Her old business cards are still available and she hopes to find some sort of contact through her local music groups. Sasha Emery, another single mother, has been living in a motor home partially paid for by federal funds since the fire that destroyed her Paradise home. When her job opportunities did not materialize, she signed up for unemployment benefits.
If you’re reading this article and you’ve received EDD benefits in the past, you’re probably scared that you might lose your home and/or lose your job. In addition, you may be angry at EDD and its actions, and don’t know where to turn for help. Casey Emery found herself in this situation when her house caught fire and her documentation was destroyed. She was left with no options but to apply for unemployment benefits. However, it turned out that she couldn’t lift heavy enough to get a job with Amazon. Despite her fear, she applied for a warehouse job, and was turned down. She also didn’t realize that she would have to pay back the benefits she received while unemployed.
After being without a home for a year, Sasha Emery moved to Berkeley, California, with one of her daughters. To get by, she had to live in a motor home, a loan she got through a federal relief fund. After losing her house in Paradise, she signed up for unemployment benefits and is now living in a motor home. She has been preparing photos of old business cards for EDD, hoping that the state agency will get in touch with bands. But the EDD has not gotten involved, so she worries that they won’t be able to help her.