Help Phoenix survive
Edit: I know I haven't been posting much but its because I'm busy surviving. I've been homeless again for three months now and have thankfully managed to stay off the street. However I still need money to pay for transit and food as I navigate my way through the disability application. My initial claim was unfortunately denied so I have to wait for an appeal that will take several months at least. Thank you and many blessings for continued support <3
Heartbreaking to have to post yet another one of these. But obviously life as a transgender woman is a cycle of poverty and abandonment and being either homeless or barely removed from homelessness.
When I started my transition four and a half years ago I ended up homeless bc my adoptive family wanted a son, which clearly I am not. My adoptive mom was very abusive and ended up cyber stalking me to shut me out of support networks. I have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder as a result of her abuse.
I'm currently applying for disability and after being institutionalized twice for my mental health I managed to find a lawyer willing to take my case. This was all in November, which is also my birthday month and an extremely hard time for me with the trauma I have from losing my adoptive family. And now am I spending December packing to be homeless again. But! Things are looking more hopeful than they have in a long time. I have a lawyer and I'm building the papertrail to prove my disability to a genocidal state and several people have reached out with offers of long-term housing so I won't be hustling for a place to stay for a night or a week like I was last time. After I move out I'll need to stay at a homeless shelter for a while to expedite my disability case. As I said I have direct trauma being homeless and being abused by shelters, not to mention that I will likely be housed with men and potentially assaulted or worse there. But its the only plan I have.
Pray for me.
They didn't have that available, but referred us to another property managed by the same company. We were told we'd have to reapply - the application process was an absolute shit show which we paid money for, and they wouldn't be able to guarantee us the apartment until after the process.
Anyway at this point my plan is to become homeless again on December 31st. I'm talking to a lawyer who will be taking over my disability claim and if I can get in a homeless shelter I can give my claim priority. But for the time being I'm trying not to think about the future too much since it's too painful.
I'm gonna need help for the foreseeable future, as stability is nowhere in sight.
I'm raising the amount to try and cover the cost of first months rent I'm gonna have to pay soon and also to cover moving costs.
This will take more than the paycheck I got from my former employer and will nearly clean out my bank account. But doing it could secure housing for two low-income trans girls that have been struggling to stay off the street and out of survival economies for the last several years.
Please, share this status with your family and friends. We've both been working hard as hell, but this world isn't meant for people like us so we aren't going to be able to do this alone.