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John Wall explains his efforts to help D.C. residents pay rent in the midst of economic devastation

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Washington Wizards point guard John Wall’s 202 Assist program is helping to lessen the rent burden D.C. residents are facing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Wall spoke about the program with David Aldridge of The Athletic during an episode of the “Hoops, Adjacent” podcast, saying 202 Assist has raised nearly $180,000. He also stated the program is targeting $300,000 in total funds, with 18 days remaining.

The five-time All-Star said the mission is personal for him:

“I’ve been in that situation. I know what they’re going through… when you wonder how to pay that last bill so you can have food on that table. I know that experience. All I can do is thank my team, my family, my friends, my teammates, my mentors for supporting me.”

John Wall’s letter on the program website states all funds will go to families in Ward 8, where Wall and the Wizards “train and practice.”

This is certainly a noble cause. The pandemic has had a very real and tangible impact both on the economy and on American life as a whole. As Jeff Cox of CNBC reported, the number of jobless claims and continuing claims are worse than Wall Street estimations.

Naturally, it is hard for individuals or families to pay rent when they lack steady income, which is why Wall is hoping 202 Assist can prevent further homelessness or evictions.

The Wizards are preparing to head to Orlando as one of the 22 teams involved in the NBA’s return-to-play plan.

Wizards leadership and Wall himself have indicated he will not return to the floor despite the hiatus allowing his Achilles added time to heal.

But Wall is still finding ways to make his impact where it really counts.