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'Incredibly Scary': Single Moms Fear Falling Through Holes In Pandemic Safety Net

Many single parents collecting unemployment benefits are running out of money to pay rent, with Congress still unable to pass a relief bill to help.
Griffin and her oldest son, Griffin Shade, 13, make Halloween treats outside their home. Source: Tamika Moore for NPR

Nellie Riether, a single mom from Ringwood, N.J., faces a stark choice: raid her retirement savings or uproot her kids from home and move in with her sister.

"To be honest, it's mortifying and embarrassing at 46 years old to say I'm going to have to move in with my sister," she says. "Emotionally, it's a bit of a failure."

Riether has been out of work since April,

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