6-months ago Jess and I moved into our first home together. We were beyond happy to begin the process of developing roots and family with each other. Unfortunately, within a week of signing our new lease our landlords informed us that our home was on the market.
What followed were months of open houses, where flurries of strangers would blow in and out of our home week after week with little to no regard for us.
It all came to a head recently when a young tech worker from San Francisco began the process of buying our home, and two weeks ago we received a 60-Day Notice of Owner Move-In. Because we live in Oakland, there are no requirements for anyone doing an Owner Move-In eviction to provide relocation support for the tenants. And regardless of how much we asked our soon to be landlord to waive rent for our last two months, so that we could save money to be able to move (given that we had moved just 6-months ago) he refused.
Given the harsh reality of our situation we ask you, our community, to help us get some much needed housing stability. We have found a beautiful new home and after emptying our bank accounts, we have paid for deposit and first months rent. With your support we hope to raise the $2500 we need to be able to start this new chapter of our lives with solid foundation.
Since receiving the 60-Day Notice, Jess and I have been incredibly stressed and distracted, unable to get through our days without feeling a sense of anxiety and fear. Because no matter what you do everyday, nothing prepares you for being evicted.
As many of you know I work at Causa Justa :: Just Cause and I see everyday the impacts this regional gentrification and displacement crisis has on the stability and wellbeing of our communities. Having stable housing is necessary for me to be able to show up in my fullest capacites to do the work of supporting working class communities of color fight for their right to stay in their homes and neighborhoods.
Jess and I are so greatful to be part of a community that truly understands that stable housing is a human right.