By SHELLY HETTLEMAN
I know of a renter in Baltimore who is two months behind in rent and has diabetes among many underlying health conditions. Reliant on Social Security disability and income from her college-aged daughter who is unable to find employment, she faces a landlord who regularly texts and calls demanding the rent.
He wants to enter the apartment and, in addition to feeling threatened that she’s going to be evicted, the woman is stressed that she’ll be exposed to COVID-19. She struggles with the impossible dilemma of having to choose between paying her $1,200 rent or her $400 monthly insulin bill, risking eviction in the midst of a global health pandemic.