Stars are stepping up to help those in need as we continue to remain quarantined during the coronavirus outbreak. Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che is the latest celebrity to do what he can to help out in a time of need.
Michael took to Instagram to bring awareness to the fact that people in public housing need help. He went the extra step by revealing the he will help out the 160 families in his late grandmother’s NY building by paying their rent for a month.
“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,” Michael wrote in a statement posted to Instagram. “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.”
He continued, “I know that’s just a drop in the bucket. So I really hope the city has a better plan for debt forgiveness for all the people in public housing, AT THE VERY LEAST.”
In a post script, Michael went on to address New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo and for some reason Diddy. “Let’s fix this!,” he wrote. “Page me!”
One fan commented on Michael’s post, asking why his grandmother lived in public housing with a generous and successful grandson. Michael answered the question, clarifying his statement.
“lol i guess thats a fair question,” he wrote. “but she hasnt lived in public housing since like 1990, when she moved down south. but that building is very significant in my family’s history, so thats why i chose it. i guess i just worded it weird.🤷♀️.”
Michael’s grandmother passed away on April 5 from her battle with the coronavirus .