Chris' Housing Transition Fund

Hi everyone, 
   My name is Chris- I'm a 24 year old, nonbinary engineer of color from NYC living in LA on my own for a year now. Recently, I was able to land a really promising bioengineering contract working on a CoVid related project. I am so excited to be able to move forward and start my professional career and have actually been working in San Diego and AirBNB'ing it for the past week now. As I have been in San Diego, I have been apartment hunting for the past week and was able to land a space here and pay for the deposit.

I was still in the process of getting funds together to pay the first month of rent so I could fully secure the apartment when, earlier today, my SIM was hacked and my phone number was used to drain my account of over $1000 I had saved up for rent from my bank account via Venmo. I am still scrambling to get everything on my end together and in the process of reporting this to my local police station, but I am set to move into this new apartment on Monday and cannot move until all the proper funds have been sent in so I can receive the keys from my new landlord. My family barely has the means to sustain themselves, which is why I have been living on my own to be able to not burden them with my own finances. As of now I only have $63 left in my account and barely have enough to even get a rental van to move. The GFM amount covers the first month of rent, a rental van, and food for the next few days.

Of course something like this happens at the exact moment where I am most vulnerable, and because I am working for a startup I won't be paid until the end of this month which is still ~2 weeks away. I am so close to completing this transition in between life phases and would appreciate any help I can get. Thanks for your time. 

- Chris

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Chris Collado 
Los Angeles, CA

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