Michael Che says he plans to honor his late grandmother following her death from coronavirus, by paying the rent for everyone in her former building in New York.
The Saturday Night Live star took to Instagram Wednesday to announce he will cover one month’s rent for all 160 units in his grandmother’s public housing complex.
“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,” Che wrote in the post. “Obviously I cant 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.”‘
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He then called on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Sean “Diddy” Combs to “fix this.”
“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.” Ps. deblasio! cuomo! diddy! let’s fix this! page me!” he wrote.
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Che revealed earlier this month that his grandmother, Martha, had died from complications of COVID-19.
In a since-deleted Instagram post, he wrote: “I’m obviously very hurt and angry that she had to go through all that pain alone. But I’m also happy that she’s not in pain anymore. And I also feel guilty for feeling happy.”
He has previously said his grandmother moved out of the public housing complex in the 1990s, but the building has special significance for his family.