First and foremost, I want to acknowledge the amount of anxiety I have writing this post for all of you to see. There is great shame when it comes to asking for what you need, especially as a poor Afro-Latinx trans person. So often the communities I am a part of (and other marginalized communities) are ashamed and afraid to ask for help even when we are in dire in need of it; even when our livelihood depends on it. However after watching this video by marfmellow, ecstasy and I have decided to reach out to our community/allies for support.
We are fighting eviction at the moment. We live in the projects in the Lower East Side and I have been/currently am the only person working full-time in the house. We want to be transparent around how we got to this place in hopes that you all would find it in your hearts to help us get out of this rut we’re in. Our rent was raised earlier in the year and since then, my mental health has hit all-time lows. I have been severely depressed and anxious, and have had multiple mental breakdowns that result in me disassociating. Because of my mental health, I fell behind on a couple months of rent and it’s been a spiral of constantly trying to catch up on our rent but not making a big enough dent in this balance since we have other bills to pay for on top of just trying to survive in New York City (which isn’t cheap).
So now we’re here: facing eviction if we don’t pay the balance you see above, off. August 1st is 18 days away from now (7/15). If we raise $145 a day over the next 18 days, we would have raised the total amount due.
We are in desperate need of our community’s help. We’ve tried to pay as much as we can off every month, but it’s not enough and the dollars keep accumulating. We will continue to pay off what we can, but I know we can really put a dent in our debt with all of your help.
Asking for help isn’t easy, but we believe in collective/community liberation and reaching out for help is one of many steps to that goal. If you can donate $1, $5, $50 - anything at all, we ask that you please help us out.
Please spread this and reblog this regardless of your ability to donate. We appreciate signal boosts as well!
Thank you so much for taking the time out to read this and help us out during this hard time.
Any/all donations can be sent to this PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Much love to all of you.
Lee and Nico
We’ve raised $340 over the last couple of days. We’re super grateful to everyone that has donated, the super encouraging notes people have left us, and for everyone who has boosted this post.
We still have $2,267 to raise by August 1st.
Please please help us if you can. $1, $5, $20 - anything and everything counts.