Emergency Move to Oregon

I started trying to raise money for Michael and I to get into somewhere safe and save up to get to Oregon in March. At that point, we were moving out of our apartment and dealing with legal and medical processes and anticipating Michael being discharged from the Navy close to the end of the year. However, as many of you know, my mom was hospitalized and passed away at the end of March. Almost all of the money we raised and then more went towards getting both of us to Virginia to deal with everything. Upon our return, we had very little time to find a new place and Michael’s emergency leave was up, which led to us getting a place very quickly. As we were moving into this place, we realized it was infested and had to move our things out very quickly and deal with legal to try to get our deposit back. This caused the two of us and the pups to be houseless for six weeks. We had a lot of help jumping from place to place, however, during this time Michael and I were both separately hospitalized. I was inpatient for almost four weeks while Michael was moving into a new place, and then in an outpatient program for the following eight weeks. Apparently, while I was inpatient, YouCaring was bought by GoFundMe and they got rid of the account I had been using to raise money for this.

On August 24th, Michael was discharged from the Navy with less than 24 hours’ notice. This cut off both of our access to medical very abruptly and to a lot of the resources we were relying on to get back on our feet. We are currently working with the VA and some veterans’ legal assistance to get his benefits in order.

The Navy will cover our final move now that he’s been discharged, however, that requires that it be done in a certain time frame and that for the portion of the move that gets us, the dogs, our car, and whatever portion of our things the movers can’t take (liquids, perishables, anything we’d need for the next three months) to be covered by us up front. Michael’s last paycheck was at the end of August and his disability paychecks aren’t supposed to start until the end of October and my disability paperwork is being transferred to Oregon so it will be delayed for a month as well. This mostly is a problem because we can’t get approved for the VA home loan without a source of income and we have to be out of our apartment on September 30th. So, that leaves us with essentially no income or housing for the next month and a half. We have been selling a lot of our things, but don’t have access to much since we never unpacked in the new apartment. We’re applying to everything we can, but having to move in the middle is complicating a lot of our applications currently.

Michael’s aunt and some of my family are able to help some with lodging once we get there and are getting things figured out. Right now, what we need is help to get a U-Haul, gas to get to Oregon, food, meds, and medical appointments for the next month, and help functioning for the next month while we try to get things in order. I’m estimating that this will cost between $3000 and $5000 total, with as much as we can come up with from financial aid and selling things. The U-Haul and gas for this trip are looking to be close to $2000 alone, which we have to come up with before our lease is up on September 30th. Any help with this or resources on either end would be greatly appreciated.
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Nihm Seals 
Lemon Grove, CA
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