Thank you for visiting my page. My family's story was featured in the last hard copy print addition of the Seattle Weekly, on February 27, 2019, written [also; photo provided] by Journalist Melissa Hellman; "Does Mary's Place Work With Known Slumlords?"
My name is Christy X [Nc17] I am a Single Mom, cis-WOC, anti-racist filmmaker and instructor, I have written, produced and directed several short films over the course of nearly a decade in Seattle, WA.
After 5 years of tenancy in West Seattle [as a regular cop watcher, community builder/accomplice/activist and wage worker] my family was evicted on December 3, 2018 [post my second college graduation]. Over the course of 6 months [which include being served the unlawful detainer, our court date and physical eviction leading up to today] our lives have been thrown into chaos and instability, while being forced into a second round of houseless/homelessness by a largely destructive non-profit business; Mary's Place. Back story;
In efforts of supporting my family and finding new housing post my eviction, I was referred to Mary's Place [who is widely supported by Amazon through; fiscal, networking and food donations while providing the bulk of "homeless family services" in the Seattle area]. After being refused service at a Mary's Place shelter my family was unethically referred [by Mary's Place, and without any previous knowledge on my families part] to a well documented and decades old slum lord Alan Hua, the property owner and landlord of;The Coniston building.
Due to the uninhabitable, unsustainable and dangerous living conditions including building wide; roach, rodent and lead paint infestations, my family was forced to leave the building. Prior to our move in, Mary's Place had promised to pay our February 2019 rent, only to later pull out, both refusing to pay the additional rent promised AND/OR help my family relocate to a safer, cleaner and habitable apartment [after exploiting us].
Mary's Place relationship with slumlord Alan Hua has forced us back into a second round of houseless/homelessness resulting in a 7th move for my family in 3 months. In spite of this, my 17-year-old Daughter has graduated with her GED and will begin college during the Spring quarter. In addition to film production and instruction, I have maintained a full-time wage job while dealing with our housing crisis. Without a tax return coming this year [I owe $600] we have no moving money to secure new housing.
Your immediate donation will support my family's recovery from our eviction and the second layer of trauma added by Mary's Place exploitation and unethical business practices. Your donation will help my family;Cover the cost of a at least 2 months rent;
$4,000Cover the cost of movers and storage
A. PLEASE READ the Housing Update on;
3/25/19. As of this date; my family has secured a safe & habitable 1 BDRM apartment. Our new apartment has doubled our rent
from the previous; $810 to the current $1733
. This doubled rent now requires me to secure a second FT evening wage job. In efforts of supporting my new job search, we are keeping this GoFundMe active until we raise ALL the donations required and/or I am able to secure additional rent support off line.
My family is grateful for your care and support. Without collective community building/organizing and a real demand supporting housing for ALL [Housing is a Human Right!] Seattle evictions partnered with the unethical and exploitative business practices of the non-profit industrial complex [Mary's Place is only one example!] will continue. Thank you for donating and sharing this page.
*Important* Any and all additional funds will go towards supporting my short documentary film depicting my families experience working with Mary's Place while surviving the conditions of the Coniston apartment building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, of Seattle, WA.
My film website: http://www.guerrillafilms.co/