Angel Medrano, 8, gets help with distance learning math from his sister Cassandra, 16, on October 09, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. In the Medrano family, inconsistent work, a string of tragedies and even family separation have combined to push them to the brink of homelessness, having narrowly avoided eviction only days before. This summer Medrano's work as a truck driver was sporadic due to the pandemic economy. Meanwhile, he spent his entire savings on three funerals for family members in less than four months. Causing further family stress, Medrano's wife Ana Cecilia, who had temporary residency status in the U.S. traveled to Mexico in December of 2019 to care for her sick mother but has since been unable to return to Arizona due to a sealed U.S.-Mexico border. The separation left Hector Medrano to care for their children, supervising distance learning during the day, while working nights. Even for families who have remained healthy from the the coronavirus, the indirect effects of the pandemic have been especially tough on America low-income populace. For families like the Medranos, new federal pandemic assistance, yet to be authorized by Congress, cannot come soon enough.