Families struggle after back-to-back emergencies

Posted at 9:18 PM, Apr 28, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A local mother of four has been struggling for weeks to find a job to support her four kids and mother during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Latisha Lang lost both of her jobs after Davidson County shut down. Lang said she assists with cases at a law office and also works in vehicle repo at night.

The two jobs helped her with her large family who lived in North Nashville until March 3.

“Coronavirus shut down the court system,” said Lang. “So, we can’t go to court now and then also, repoing cars, since Corona hit, no one is employed. So, you’re not allowed to repo cars anymore.”

Lang has a 17, 13, 11, and 3-year-old. She’s been applying to grocery stores and some fast food restaurants but hasn’t even gotten a call back, she says.

“Every day, at least 10 applications a day. Some places say they’re going t be hiring but they’re not interviewing right now because of Corona. A lot of places say get back with me. It’s really rough. And I guess with corona people are actually scared to do the interviews,” she said.

Lang is staying in a hotel with her family. She’s being assisted by Home Street Home, a non-profit that helps keep people from homelessness and tries to get homeless people off the streets. However, that aid can’t last forever.

“When help runs short, you’re just there. That’s how a lot of people end up on the streets and that’s my biggest fear,” she said.