In a very short space of time, my life has collapsed. Literally.
This time next week I will be homeless.
This time last week I had an incident where I ended up face first with full weight and force into the metal railings at the bottom of the stairs at my apartment building. I was fortunate that I hit my head flush along the steel fence. Had I hit the corner of the fencing, I could have been killed.
However, the ramifications have been severe. In the immediate aftermath I had a massive swelling on my forehead (aka severe hematoma), which then drained down behind my eye, causing the black eye in the main picture. The fall also dislodged the implant that was put into my L1 vertebrae last summer, so I now need surgery to pull the implant and replace it as well as the serious need to insert a metal support in my L5-S1, which is also crumbling.
I'm awaiting the results of a brain MRI because the doctor believes it likely that I may have a subdural hematoma (Brain bleed). I also have severe concussion and am currently forgetting where things are, where I’ve put them, where I’m going and why.
Which is now a very serious issue, as this all happened a few days after I found out that at the conclusion of a long, exhausting and expensive battle with my landlord that has financially wiped me out, he has finally succeeded in his endeavors to have me evicted. I now have until next Wednesday 31st July to pack up my life and move out of my apartment. So my friend Andrzej Liguz has helped me by writing this GoFundMe as I'm finding it so hard to function mentally and physically.
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Hematoma behind the eyeDislodged coflex implant in my back.
My L5/S1 vertebrae are crumbling
My landlord likes to maintain a high turnover of tenants as he can increase the rent with every new tenant. I’ve been living in my rent controlled apartment on fixed income for the last seven years, never once late with the rent, until he began with the eviction attempts a year ago.
What my landlord has been doing to me for the past year is so egregious that KTLA Channel 5 did a story on it
As he’s wealthy (he lives walking distance from Rodeo Drive), he’s developed the strategy of filing multiple unlawful detainers suits (by making up false and petty grievances) against his tenants. Sooner or later the tenant runs out of money defending themselves and the landlord wins. He told my neighbor that he didn't care what it cost him, he was going to have me evicted.
My terrific attorney and friend, Justin Shrenger, beat him in court three times. The landlord won on the fourth attempt, as he found a landlord friendly judge who allowed a bizarre interpretation of a 1870 railroad law. We filed an appeal, but at this point it’s looking unlikely the court will overrule the verdict before I have to move out.
So here I am, with two dogs and two cats, homeless, broke, with a battered head and a metal implant protruding from my back. I’ve had five major surgeries in the last six years and am in dire need of another operation on my back as my L5/S1 vertebrae are crumbling. And fighting my way through the abyss of the VA and Worker's Comp system to get health care is epically frustrating in itself.
I’ve worked hard in my life. I was a soldier for seven years and for the last twenty five years I’ve worked as a journalist for organizations such as the LA Times, Fox Sports, Buzzbands and the LA Weekly as well as having work published in Rolling Stone and other prestigious publications. I’m also well known in LA as a Manager and Promoter in the music industry.
Homelessness scares the hell out of me. Especially as I have four sweet animals who depend on me, as I emotionally depend upon them. I’ve been in some bad and life threatening situations before, but this is the perfect storm. I have no idea where we'll be a week from now.
And I am broke. Beyond broke.
The hardest thing to do is ask for help. But at this point, I have no choice so I am reaching out to let all of you know what’s happening in my world.
I know that I've waited far too long. I've exhausted every resource, hoping that in some way, some how, I'd be able to avoid being in this situation.
If you can help me through this difficult time, please do so. If you cannot, please share this GoFundMe so that it gets in front of as many people as possible.
Thank you and Godspeed.
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