I was one of them. I lived in the Detroit area and was a victim of the auto industry and the Michigan Depression. My job was furloughed permanently. I provided the sole income for my family. It took six months and having to move 600 miles to get a new job.
At that point, we had two households since I was in an apartment for several months till we could sell the house and move the family.
We never went to a food bank, we never were late on a mortgage payment. We hunkered down, cancelled all the cell phones but mine and our frugal lifestyle went downright cheap.
At one point, I called the mortgage company and asked if they had any programs to help people like me who hadn’t missed any payments. They told me to skip 2-3 payments and call back.
thats a tough story and I empathize with you. Did the “media” ever contact you for a hardship story about the Great Recession? I’m guessing not and you never complained to the “media” and you did the best you could for your family.
So to hear all the boo hoo hoo stories about the federal workers (who will get ALL their backpay when it is over) is just pathetic.
Washington DC never has a recession and the first time they miss a paycheck its like the end of the world.