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Fundraiser For Unhoused Judi B.

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The I Can’t Have Any Friends Who Are Unhoused Or I Will Be Evicted Fundraiser for Judi B.

Hello folks,

It is not for lack of trying or lack of the ability to pay reasonable rents that I make the following fundraising pitch for CouchHosting.org on behalf of one Judi B. To the haters out there who want the unhoused to pay something for their housing, I get that, and Judi has been doing that, but she keeps getting evicted for various reasons unrelated to her ability to pay. So now she and I are embarking on this GoFundMe campaign to raise enough money so that she can stay at the one place that she both likes and that will take her in on a fairly consistent basis, and that is one of the cheaper motels in Eugene, Oregon.

If you need to know the grisly details about what led us to this course of action, I have been authorized by Judi B to disclose both her name as disclosed here and the following details about the multiple train wrecks that make it seem like her life is cut from one of the Final Destination series of horror movies, that have happened to her over the past year.

I met Judi as part of my work with CouchHosting.org when I advertised that I was willing to have one unhoused person at a time stay with me for one week per month at my studio apartment in Eugene, as is permitted under the terms of my lease. Judi stayed with me for that one week at least, but when I attempted to add her to my lease so that she could stay there longer and start paying me rent, her application was denied by the management at Valley Ridge Apartments in Eugene. The official reason given on the paperwork was that her credit wasn’t good enough. But off the written record I was told that she could not stay there because she had been kicked off the property previously when another tenant scammed her out of $300, saying that management was cool with her parking her van on the property and sleeping in it when in fact management had not been informed at all. I was told that if I allowed Judi to stay with me that I would be evicted. That is only one reason why I chose the title that I did for this fundraiser.

At that point, I became highly motivated to find Judi a permanent place to stay that she could call home. She eventually settled on staying at a Studio apt on W 7th near downtown Eugene. I helped her out in getting into that place by giving her a big loan that covered about half of the move-in expenses for both that place and a different place that fell through at the last minute, but that we never got our money back for. That place on W 7th Ave seemed to be going well, except that she lost the key to her mailbox and we didn’t find out until the last day she was allowed to stay there that she had been given a 30 day notice of no cause eviction from that place after being there for only 3 weeks. The reasons for the eviction amount to what I said in the title: She had too many unhoused friends over, sometimes staying overnight, when she was allowed only one overnight guest for 3 days per month. The lease also wasn’t clearly stating if the 3 day clock resets when a new guest stays overnight.

During this time right after her eviction from the 7th Ave location, CouchHosting.org was just starting its football eating game art card sales to help the unhoused, using the website NationalTurnoverLeague.com. Art card sales were used to help Judi stay in various motels for a short time, and we networked with some volunteers to let Judi couch surf at their places for a couple of weeks, until she was able to move into the Phoenix house for women, run by Shelter Care. This opportunity also ended in failure. Because one of the roommates at the Phoenix House was treating Judi poorly, she decided to stay with her daughter at a house in Eugene for awhile. During this time, she lost contact with the people at Shelter Care because she lost her phone. When she finally got in touch with Shelter Care again, they had ended up dropping her from the program. She stayed at her daughter’s location for a month or two afterwards. The daughter and the couch that Judi slept on for part of this time are featured on the first CouchHosting.org art card in the photo gallery on the home page of CouchHosting.org.

Judi eventually felt compelled to leave from her daughter’s location because she couldn’t handle the chaotic living situation and drama that went on there. She bought a truck and started sleeping in it on the street, first near 4 corners and then over by my apt in Eugene. We both thought we had found a possible solution to our woes when Judi moved into an Airbnb rental on November 4th, 2018. I disclosed to the host that Judi would be staying there by herself while I had to take a trip out of town. The host and I both accepted the Airbnb booking reservation without asking further questions after I figured these key points were covered by a written exchange of e-mails. While I was on the train to Los Angeles on November 8th, 2018, I was informed by the host that she had just found out that Judi was homeless and that because I hadn’t disclosed that although Judi is my best platonic female friend (which I did correctly imply when I booked the room) but that I also had a professional relationship with her as my homeless client of CouchHosting.org, because of that reasoning alone, the host had the perception that I had lied to her about my relationship with Judi and therefore Judi had to leave immediately. I tried to reason with the host by reminding her that another member of her roommate team had been staying there for 9 months after becoming homeless because his house burned down. Her response was that the other roommate was not homeless.

So now Judi is once again sleeping in her truck, financially powered for the moment by the refund from Airbnb that we were able to get put into Judi’s savings account within 24 hours. I have decided that even though I am out of town, I have the ability to do some fundraising to help Judi be able to afford to book a room at a motel. For every person who donates $5 or more to this GoFundMe campaign, and who sends me their USPS mailing address by sending an e-mail to pagesincolor@yahoo.com, I will send them one of the first version of the CouchHosting.org art cards that features the dog on the couch plus the human and dog on the couch as a thank you gift.


12-7-18 Update: Judi is for the moment no longer sleeping in her truck on the street. She has returned to the house where her daughter is staying and will likely stay there for awhile at least until the weather warms up a bit. Because the living conditions at that house are still too chaotic for Judi to stay there long term, the GoFundMe campaign will continue, but with the following modifications: Instead of the first $12,000 raised in 2018 going to Judi, now just the first $2000 raised in 2018 will go to Judi, with any amount over $2000 raised in 2018 going to the CouchHosting.org general fund as outlined in the original GoFundMe statement published below. In 2019, Judi will still get the first $12,000 raised during that calendar year.


Old GoFundMe text continued: Since it is close to the end of the year, there would be no tax penalty nor any potential for losing either Judi’s or my SSDI benefits if the goal of raising $1000 per month is exceeded, up to a total of $12,000 received by December 31st, 2018. In 2019, the goal will be to raise at least $1000 per month. If in 2018 or 2019 more than $12,000 is raised, that’s fine. The excess above $12,000 per year will go into the CouchHosting.org general funds as part of the fundraising I was already planning to do in 2019 for building a 3D printed apartment building (or multiple buildings) featuring at least 10 studio apartments per building that rent for $300 per month. The first such building will be called the Roy Howard Thielking House, named in honor of my late father who passed away on Octobeer 18th, 2018, after being the victim of a pedestrian vs auto accident in Chapala, Mexico on October 17th, 2018. More details will follow, starting in January 2019, including more specific details about projected construction costs and locations of the new buildings. At first blush, 3D printing is expected to be so cheap that 10 studio apts could be put on a newly purchased quarter acre lot for a total project cost of $150k or so. Stay tuned and thank you so much for reading.

Sincerely,

John Thielking

CouchHosting.org


To make a donation to the gofundme page, please go here:

https://www.gofundme.com/fundraiser-for-unhoused-judi-b

Is it really true that John Thielking can’t have ANY unhoused friends or he will be evicted? Well, not quite. He just can’t have unlimited unhoused friends of his choice who he helps out on an unlimited basis. The maximum number of occupants allowed overnight in my apt is only two people. Judi is banned by the management from staying overnight, but she is not banned from being on the property or visiting me during the day. I currently have a formerly unhoused room mate who the apartment manager is fine with having him stay with me indefinitely.
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Now that the possibility of building a two story 3d printed apt building has opened up, this would make it possible to put much more than just an apt building on a quarter acre lot. I'm thinking of getting a lot with the street on the south side. If the lot is at least 100 ft long along the street, then 10 parking spaces can be put along the street, going 20 ft into the lot. Then the next 40 ft into the lot would be 10x20 ft garden spaces taking up 50 ft of width along the street. A 30ftx40ft rec center would take up the rest of the width. Then there would be 10 ft of depth to plant trees that would obscure the view of the 20ft x 80ft two story apt building at the back of the lot.
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http://mentalfloss.com/article/82878/3d-printed-house-built-withstand-powerful-earthquakes apparently as of 2016, two story 3 d printed houses were being built in China that can withstand up to an 8.0 magnitude earthquake!!! I may be able to put more than ten 3d printed studios on a quarter acre lot. This is looking better all the time!
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The campaign to raise money for Judi B and the Roy h thielking house has slowed down momentarily, primarily because the number of visitors to the gofundme campaign page has dropped because I don't want to just spam the same friends on Facebook and the register guard ad was really only good for pulling people in for one day before slipping off the front page. In looking at the views stats, it seems that not only do most of the views happen at about 9am Monday thru Friday, suggesting that a cyber Monday trend may develop, but also on the two days during the week when there was lots of visitors, on Monday when fb friends were visiting and on Wednesday when register guard ad viewers were visiting, about one third to one half of the people who viewed the campaign page on gofundme also may have gone on to view the couchhosting.org website. That kind of click through rate is an internet marketer's dream. So I'm thinking that by Monday November 26th when I plan to get lots of visitors to the gofundme campaign page by holding a sign along a busy street that plugs the gofundme campaign page I'd better be ready with ad copy and a good story about the campaign and maybe some more details about the Roy h thielking house posted to couchhosting.org in an easy to find spot, so that more people feel confident that the campaign is for real and not some scam that only looks like it might be a project of couchhosting.org.
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