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Single Mom/Houseless in Seattle-Weekly article

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37357330_1554096248662826_r.jpegThank 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?"- 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;

Cover the cost of a at least 2 months rent; $4,000


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

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/
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PART 5 -

As we grind away post our eviction, it has been my experience that the mounting burden [post the immediate and long term "fall out"] of our housing crisis is evidence enough that I will always "pay" the highest possible "price" for our eviction [in some capacity]; spoken or unspoken, financial and/or otherwise, we can never escape this. In spite of the long hours, overworked bones [literally!] housing debt and destroyed rental history/credit WE ARE STILL HERE.

Love and Gratitude - Always!
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PART 4 -

"1403" is 4 weeks into post production and worth every risk and sacrifice to make. After submitting to the Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism 3rd annual conference in the Bay Area , my workshop covering; the white supremacist roots of the town of "Hollywood" and film industry that rose from it, partnered with; media ethics, how to produce your own social justice film [on a dime], how to write an anti-racist/anti-fascist script or scene in three easy parts, and; anti-gentrification filmmaking; the pros and cons of documenting a slumlord [and nonprofitindustrial complex], different techniques in documentation and options on how to use them, a breakdown of the eviction process in Seattle [a timeline/sequence] and the painful realities of a housing struggle including post "eviction fall out" was well received!
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PART 3 -

The downside; after submitting our initial apartment application [which listed Marley as a dependent] we were told that the mandatory submission of a separate apartment application and MFTE application [after her 18th birthday] was jut a "formality". This ended up being a lie. Our leasing manager informed us that Marley would need to sign a "Roommate agreement" thus making her a financially responsible "lessee" of the unit. This was especially ridiculous after they requested 6 pay stubs from her proving she makes $12.00 an hour. Forcing her to be lawfully responsible for any and all portions of our rent is not something she is ready for, nor should we have been coerced into "agreeing" after we moved in. At any rate I am committed to paying our rent of; $1733 a month on my own. As gentrification ad mass evictions spread throughout the globe, this is what our "fall out" looks like.
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PART 2:

As Marley approaches the end of Spring quarter, her diligent studies partnered with PT wage work has earned her three "A"s in all courses. I couldn't be prouder!

Our plan to have everything moved out of storage by the end of April fell through as the mover's I hired did not physically show up. This temporary set back meant pushing the date back to clear out all of storage by the end of June, hiring a third set of movers to complete the massive & expensive task.

My second/evening FT wage job hunt is in full swing, and not even the daunting task of working 16 hours/5 days a week to keep us housed has stopped me. After several phone interviews I am waiting to hear back from a handful of employers.
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