*“Saturday Night Live” star Michael Che previously shared that his grandma died of COVID-19. Now he is helping low income New Yorkers with rent in her honor.
“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 said on Instagram Wednesday, adding that he’s stepping up to provide #rentrelif for all the residents in his grandmother’s former New York City apartment.
“Obviously I can’t offer much help by myself,” he continued. “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.”
“I know that’s just a drop in the bucket,” he added. “So I really hope the city has a better plan for debt forgiveness for all the people in public housing, AT THE VERY LEAST.”
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The comedian then called on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and music icon Sean “Diddy” Combs.
“Let’s fix this!” Che said. “Page me!”
Earlier this month, Che shared his heartache over the death of his grandmother.
“I’m doing ok, considering,” he wrote on Instagram on April 6. “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. Basically the whole gamut of complex feelings everybody else has losing someone very close and special. I’m not unique.”
“But it’s still scary,” he added.
Che also joked about the theory that the coronavirus outbreak was caused by a woman in China who went viral for eating a diseased bat.
“I just refuse to believe I lost my sweet, beautiful grandma because some n—a ate a bat one time,” he wrote.
He then condemned the fast-food industry for delivering unhealthy items, and took aim at the media for pushing fear mongering.
“Maybe tell people what they should be eating and what foods to avoid … instead of just posting death tolls as your lead story every g—-mn day!” he writes.
“If we can spend 6 hours watching some tweaker raise tigers, then we can spend a few minutes finding out how to not poison ourselves,” he said of Netflix’s popular documentary, “Tiger King,”