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$8,592 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 91 people in 1 month
Created May 15, 2019
Dear family, friends and beloved community!  We are trying to raise $8000 to help us purchase and renovate the Salty Bob, a long-term collective house in Santa Cruz that will also become home for the Temple of the Waters.

The money will go to lawyer’s fees and closing costs (about $5000) and new hardwood floors to replace the very old, allergen-intense carpets (about $3000).


About the house(s):
The purchase of the Salty Bob includes the house in the back, which was heretofore rented separately from us.  This means that the amount of community housing we’ll be able to provide will double. It’s kind of incredible, and the end of a really long, sweet journey with the landlord of the house who for years (since 2003) voluntarily kept the rent below market-rate.  He’s the one who decided to let us put together an offer, and he’s the one who waited for us to get our act together, and now our act is all together and we just need your help getting across the finish line!

Why does it matter to you if we get across the finish line?  This has been a community house for years.  We’ve hosted meetings and gatherings. We’ve welcomed, sheltered and fed travelers including touring cyclists and bands.  We’ve shared our space (including our own rooms) with friends and families in times of need. The stability of housing has allowed the people who’ve lived here to do volunteer community work including facilitation and conflict support for social justice and eco-defense movements, immigrant solidarity organizing, hosting queer spaces, and grassroots art & music events.


Having secure housing has helped make all of that sustainable, and we’d love to continue contributing to a vibrant community – with your support!


The kiddos:
Your support will give Solas a steady place to grow up in, Avery a solid home base for middle school and high school, and allow Autumn to complete high school in the same house she moved to in kindergarten (which is a miracle in the housing market that is Santa Cruz, links below).


The timeline:
We’re closing in June, so the sooner we see what our communities can contribute, the better.  Things are moving fairly quickly.


The prayer:
Your support means so much to us. Even little amounts add to our sense of collective power (which is a big deal when facing these realms of capital that can feel isolating).  Thank you for supporting these families and our community! May we all share abundance and possibility!


The related housing links:
https://www.ksbw.com/article/santa-cruz-4th-least-affordable-real-estate-in-the-world/14429820

https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2017/08/26/housing-crisis-puts-santa-cruz-county-renters-in-distress/
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Just one last update to say we've successfully closed and the houses are now officially, legally, incredibly in our possession.

Thanks one million for all you've given and done and shared.


So much love from all of us!! <3
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Hello dear friends and supporters of Salty Bob/Temple of the Waters!

After surpassing many unexpected obstacles during the escrow process, and being ridiculously stressed out and scrambling, we are finally over the hump and planning to close on the house on June 14th!

WE DID IT!! What a rollercoaster.

One of the big obstacles was having to come up with way more money than predicted because of several unexpected requirements for our loan, so we're short of money to convert the existing carpets to hardwood floors. If we could do that, and eliminate all those pesky allergens, it will be such an amazing boon for Mars & Solas' health! It will also be more efficient to do the floors before more people move into the two houses, which is why we're hoping to raise this money now instead of deferring the work.

We would like to raise $4,000 more to get this done ASAP. If you haven't donated yet, please consider contributing to our family! If you have donated and are willing and able to donate more, we very much welcome it! And if you've already donated all you can, we see you! Thanks so much! And thanks to all those who have shared this on Facebook and beyond in email lists -- please keep doing it!

Thank you so so so so much to all of you who have contributed to helping make this happen. Your donations, moving help, kid-care, prayers, and support have been absolutely incredible. We very truly could not have come this far without you. Seriously. Thank you!

Yours with love,

The Salty Bob Crew
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Wow, it is actually happening.

Iridaea and Solas are moving in! We have signed the purchase agreement and are officially in escrow! This rollercoaster ride isn't over yet, though we may have climbed the highest obstacle.

Your support is incredible. It is inspiring and nourishing and numerous times in the past month it has brought us to tears. Thank you!

We are very close to reaching out goal here, which feels exciting as we are still navigating closing costs and lawyer fees that may reach over $10,000. Our fundraiser has already been shared over 200 times and if you have been thinking about pitching in, now is a great time!

If all goes well, Salty Bob may be in our names by mid next month, enabling us to face some very needed repairs and maintenance as we reconfigure and resettle.

We've come so far! And there is a lot of work to come. We know we are not alone in having a lot on our plates.

May we all feel held.
May we all share and celebrate abundance.
We breathe into this sacred, supportive web of Spirit and community and offer our gratitude.
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Thank you to everyone who has shared and donated over the last few days!!

It feels incredible to feel so supported in this. We are over halfway to our goal, and while we are still finding new obstacles (like higher closing costs than we first understood), we are so close to making this work!
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Raised by 91 people in 1 month
Created May 15, 2019
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