The number of out-of-work Arkansans applying for unemployment insurance claims is at historic levels due to the coronavirus pandemic and expected to number more than 150,000 by the end of this week. Several agree to talk about their difficult situations, as they stand in long lines at the Fayetteville Workforce Center observing social distancing rules — forced to wait for hours to be processed due to glitches in online and phone systems, they say.
A third of the people who live in Arkansas rent their homes and many of them have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now that April 1 has come and gone and May 1 is around the corner, many renters and landlords in the region are facing similar concerns. Renters are trying to come up with ways to pay their rent, while landlords are figuring out if they can get any relief on the mortgages they owe on their properties.
The Northwest Arkansas Council and the Walton Family Foundation are working together to provide grants for area nonprofit arts and cultural organizations affected by the pandemic. Deadline for application is April 30.