Before the pandemic hit, 59-year-old Maria had steady work cleaning houses in Merced and Winston. But COVID-19 changed everything.
“When the governor told everyone to shelter in place, the homeowners called me and told me not to go to their houses until this is all over,” she said.
That meant a huge loss in income. Maria made pretty good money, about a thousand dollars a week. But she says her clients were all older people who feared contracting the virus.