Howdy. This is Aaron Rand Freeman, of the Unreasonable Fridays podcast network, and I have an urgent request.
To put it succinctly? My co-host and beloved friend, artist, turtle maintenance professional and cat parent Elise Bacon has to move. Quickly.
This is Bacon.
For years, Bacon has fought the good fight against the rising tide of gentrification (and rent increases) plaguing Seattle. They have dealt with less-than-ideal living conditions and the cramped quarters caused by needing three people to afford a two-bedroom apartment for some time.
If the situation sounds tenuous in theory it is worse in practice. Seattle, Washington is painfully expensive and all three housemates are struggling to make ends meet.
Bacon in particular, has mounting medical bills and an unresolved L&I claim draining their bank account forcing them to remain in Seattle. They also rely on the emotional support system provided by living in a queer household, because finding new roommates that would be supportive of their gender identity and medical conditions is not easy or safe.
Bacon has thoracic outlet syndrome, a repetitive stress injury from previous employment. This creates nerve compression in Bacon’s shoulder and neck, limiting movement, causing muscle atrophy. This condition requires months of physical therapy to fix, andthe workers compensation claim requires Bacon to remain in Seattle. Not to mention that general bungling on the part of Labor & Industries has stuck Bacon with thousands of dollars of medical bills that they were not meant to cover.
Up until this point, the untenable situation has 'worked' as well as it could. Unfortunately, one of the housemates is now moving into their own place. Which means Bacon and their other roommate cannot afford their current apartment and need to move as well. Quickly.
And with the volatility of Seattle's rental market, this won't be easy or cheap.
Bacon has to come up with at least $3500 before November to cover moving costs or they will have no place to live.
With your help, we can see Bacon through this unexpected housing emergency and ensure that they have a safe place to stay going forward. We are reaching out to all family, friends, listeners, and supporters—please know that anything you can give will be appreciated.
Even if you can't give right now, please share and help signal boost this fundraiser as every little bit helps.
We’re aiming for $3500 to be raised within the month as Bacon will need to find a new place by the end of October.
Thank you in advance for your time, generosity, and support.