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Single Mom/Houseless in Seattle-Weekly article

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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 by Journalist Melissa Hellman; "Does Mary's Place Work With Known Slumlords?"- https://www.seattleweekly.com/news/does-marys-place-work-with-known-slum-landlords/ 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;

1. Pay for full move -in costs including;

Firsts months' rent, last month's rent and deposit = $4,000

2.  Cover the cost of movers and storage = $1,000

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/
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Good Morning and Happy Friday Comrades:) We have raised a mighty $1,804 towards our permanent housing goal of $5,000!! As WOM [word of mouth!] spreads, our campaign grows! Thank you for supporting our housing struggle! Community care is lifting us up! Your donations and page shares are a lifeline into safe housing. The raw footage posted is of a kitchen cabinet at the Coniston apartments. When you're living in a roach and rodent infested building, all food items and cookware are safer in the fridge:) More to come!
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Writing 1
When considering an “aerial” view of our initial eviction [homelessness], and second round of displacement [homelessness] at the hands of Mary's Place [a case management referral to the Coniston owned by Alan Hua], a critical analysis of the direct poverty [pimping] pipeline created and sustained through collective Non-profit industrial complex measures is necessary.

Note; there are no “good guys” on the frontlines of systemic widespread poverty [violence], marginalization or oppression. Non-Profit tactics include; internal policies, guidelines, “normal” business practices and “client” based “goal orientated” leadership, initiatives, direction and data collection [to name a few].

The Non-Profit industrial complex maintains its “heroic savior” status in part, based on the stereotypes created about homeless/houseless people backed through government [human-constructed] poverty [violence] which fuels, normalizes and provides the capitalistic foundation [needs] for mass gentrification ALL of which are funneled through; mass evictions via the court systems including; judges, attorney’s, administrations, pigs [state sanctioned violence], business developers, property management, city councils, etc. When deconstructing these entities of “false solution” nobody is off the hook. Large Non-Profit key players [benefactors of poverty] like Mary's Place are the cornerstone of family homelessness. If you want “help” in King County you are forced to go through their networks including; shelters, hotel/motel stays, move-in/rental support/debt management, "referrals", and “client advocacy”. The bottom line requires the understanding and confrontation of both systemic, political and historical facts in two parts;

1. There is no "broken system" to blame or even worse “fix”. When the "systems" mentioned throughout the Seattle Weekly article are in fact, working as they were intended [designed], in which no amount of "reforms" will ever make up for the slow-motion genocide historically forced onto the poorest folks for centuries [via patriarchal colonialism]. The same “Poverty networks” are perpetrated and legitimized through main stream media mechanisms [marketing & advertising] whose channels often describe created poverty as a; “lack of housing” and/or my personal favorite; “affordable housing crisis”. These schemes are meant to normalize and justify that the only folks worthy of housing are those who can either; “afford it” [via wage work] or even worse; “compete for it” under the current guise of narco-capitalism which we [ALL wage workers] must survive.

Also; part of the historical systematic narrative has included the ridiculous theory of; “Non-Profit=Good” VS. “Corporate=Bad”. This phony “ying-yang” acts only to pit similar business models [almost exclusively top down/hierarchical & patriarchal infrastructures with similar goals=profit] in mind. When in fact both guilty parties benefit from profiteering off the poorest people. Without homeless/houseless people, there would be no Mary’s Place.
2. A solid praxis of solution is straight forward and simple; Housing is a HUMAN RIGHT. If we believe this, and support this with action, one result may lead to the abolition of statutory business laws upholding slumlord business directives [perpetrated by Alan Hua and countless other capitalists]. In this example, we could immediately stop the profiteering [by way of housing exclusion] and if maintained with a zero-tolerance policy [no person goes unhoused by their own definition] partnered with/by the abolishment of housing evictions, everyone would be housed with no exclusion or strings attached. Remember the Great Recession [depression?] of 2007-2008? When a rough estimate of the “economic crisis” lead to mass foreclosures? Nationwide foreclosures lead to 9 empty homes for every 1 homeless/houseless person. Consider what those numbers would look like today.
If you believe housing is a Human Right, then you also understand that monetizing it creates exclusion, human rights violations, community division and class war. New housing infrastructure is needed. New housing models built on; autonomy, mutual aid and community consensus can be found in both short term and long-term projects such as; Zapatista Resistance, Zone to Defend [zone à defender], Rojava/Afrin Resistance, Wet’suwet’en Resistance, Autonomous Tenant Unions, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief [MADD], Alliance Against Displacement and many others.

Stay tuned for Writing 2. Thank you for reading this.

The unedited video below depicts the daily rodent droppings I found while living at the Coniston Apartments.
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Wishing ALL of our amazing Comrades peaceful & restful sleep. Thank you for caring about Marley's young adulthood [entire future!] as she transitions into college. Your care has raised $1,776 towards our long term housing goal of $5,000! Our page is being shared on FB and we appreciate it!

Love & Gratitude -

CX
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Dearest Comrades:) Your mutual aid has driven our total to $1,756!!! Each gift provides our family with a stepping stone into permanent safe and secure housing! Thank you for donating, page sharing and WOM [word of mouth] interest!!!
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