When we first posted this campaign, we tried to find a property manager who would house E'dreana and her son, but we have been unable.
In May 2019, we decided instead to build housing and began to research how to do this with a low budget. We have an overall plan to raise $850,000 to begin the construction process for 16 cottages in Sonoma County, California, where the planning department recently passed a provision allowing multiple tiny houses on foundations on a single residential lot. We are working on our smallest cottage to have a construction cost of $20,000, not including foundation, rough plumbing, and electrical mains. One of these cottages will be for E'Dreana and her son.More about E'Dreana:
E'Dreana Black and her son became homeless just one week before Christmas 2018 due to a domestic conflict. E'Dreana works full-time for the public school system in San Francisco; cares for her elderly grandmother physically, emotionally, and financially when possible; and is raising her toddler son on her own. On the job, she not only provides safety for the city's teenagers, she advocates for them, encourages their education, counsels, mediates conflicts, and manages crises. She also has a second job.
The original goal of this fundraiser was to provide six months' security deposit for a new home. Due to the competitiveness of affordable units in the San Francisco Bay Area, having a large sum as a deposit would have raised our chances of finding E'Dreana a home. Due to the lack of response from property owners, we decided to build housing instead.
The cost to rent one of our homes will be no more than 30% of E'Dreana's full-time income. Although her commute to work would become at least an hour long, she won't need the second job anymore. She would be able to devote more time to raising her child and to being the support she already is for her grandmother.The Reality
Many low-income workers struggle to maintain or raise their credit scores, giving them a disadvantage for obtaining the basic necessity of shelter. The cycle of stress endemic of lower-income workers living among the more affluent community of San Francisco perpetuates the problem.
The real estate market in the San Francisco Bay Area is the most competitive in the country. Although rent rates have fallen slightly in 2018, many tenant-prospects continue to compete for more affordable housing. Among city-subsidized affordable units, each unit receives over 200 applications. There is a waiting list for family shelters. Why We Want to Help E'Dreana
E'Dreana works hard, cares for her grandmother who is like a mother to her and is diligent in providing safety for her son. Please help us ensure their safety. E'Dreana keeps kids safe at San Francisco's school district. We think E'Dreana deserves a safe home for her family just as much as anyone else. Let's give them a home.
Care Association plans, develops, and implements innovative strategies to alleviate economic burdens on lower- and middle-income households. We serve households in the United States that pay more than 30% of their gross income on housing or are transient because of lack of affordable housing. Any funds exceeding the needed deposit will be applied toward helping other households like E'Dreana's. Donations are 100% tax-deductible according to U.S. tax law.For more about Care Association, visit our site. E'dreana's profile page on our demo website.