Photo: Rogelio V. Solis The Associated Press

Edward Jaros lost his job on a Los Angeles movie set during the pandemic and has been unable to find work, leaving him facing hunger and eviction.

“I owe about $21,000 and there’s no hope of me paying that,” Jaros said this week. “I’ve applied for and have [rent] relief, but it goes directly to the property management company and it doesn’t seem to be paying down much of anything.”

Jaros said his landlord has pressured him to pay back rent with interest, and it was only after finding a pro bono lawyer that he learned he was temporarily protected from eviction. He has relied on food banks to get by and says he has run into bureaucratic walls when he has applied for unemployment benefits and food stamps.

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