The fire department came instantly but the fire spread fast. Half the apartment is burnt to a crisp and the other half is completely damaged by smoke and soot. The smell is horrifically toxic. I've lived in my apartment for over 11 years and I've collected a lot of really nice things. I also had a lot of memorabilia in there from my childhood. It was beautifully decorated and I also have lovely clothing, books, and a huge number of items that I will never be able to recover. I have renter's insurance but it barely covers anything. Starting all over from scratch is costly and overwhelming.
Bailey and I need a place to live for the year that my place is being rebuilt. My insurance company will only cover $3500 total (!) for "displacement" for the year-ish that we are displaced.
It is so uncomfortable for me to ask for anything. Truly-- I love opening my home to people and am frequently giving boxes of clothing away. It is beyond humbling to be on the other side of things. I am forever grateful that everyone made it out okay and that Bailey and I are safe. I know we are strong and we will be okay. I also know that my home of San Francisco is an incredibly expensive city.
Part of this is also for financial help to be able to live in the city for a year, as I've had rent control for over a decade in San Francisco. People keep suggesting that I do a GoFundMe so here I am, hoping to start somewhere. Even the smallest contribution will make a difference.
Wow-- this is one of the most difficult and humbling things I've ever done, and I'm nervous as hell, but okay, here goes...!
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