My step brother and I were left on the side of the road by our parents, 1,600 miles from home. In January my mom died the day before my birthday, and six months later I was fired and evicted because I lived on-site where I worked for 3 years and lived for almost 6. They fired me because they said, “ it was time for a change.” I called my dad that I’ve been estranged from for 10 years after he left my mom of 27 years of marriage.
Dad and his family allowed me in, and my new brother helped me move out in literally two days. He moved everything of mine for me. I threw away and gave away so much. We filled 7 big dumpsters because I was given a week to move out, but they’d “allow” me another week. I didn’t need it because of my brother.
Dad told me they were moving out of state soon and he begged me to come with them and I agreed. I was born and raised in the same state of calif and never left. It was all I knew. On the 19th of November my brother and I had already filled a 28?foot uhal with all their stuff, his 3 boxes, my 16 boxes that is really my moms stuff and memorabilia I can’t get rid of, and then dads 62 Cadillac on a trailer behind the uhal, then a car his mom drove, and my brother and I were in the pick up that was my grandfather’s. (My moms dad) that has amazingly been put in my dads name in July even though it was in my moms and she died in January… Incredible how she signed it 6 months later from the grave.
Anyways, we moved and got just outside of the town of the house our parents rented. A 3 bedroom 2 bath. Mind you, we came from a one bedroom and one and half bath. I came from a fifth wheel and then a mobile home my mom and I didn’t even get to live in a year before she passed. My brother and I lived in the living room together for the 6 months.
Two days before thanksgiving they pulled over our caravan just for his mom to relay the message, “we are not allowed in the rental house and to spend the night in the truck and figure it out.” We have been trying, and I found us a room the day before thanksgiving. No agreement or anything was signed. Just cash was exchanged, at least a receipt was given. But I didn’t care, it has put a roof over our head. But that day I realized the place was roach and bedbug infested. My brother has sprayed and fogged the room, shared kitchen, and singular shared bathroom amongst 7 people, one being a minor.. We bought the foggers and plastic to seal the doors, along with the tape..
We’ve never been reimbursed, and told that we owe $300 pet deposit for my 2 cats that are geriatric sisters that I’ve had for 12 years. They’re declawed and never been outside or exposed to anything. They are my babies. We’ve been here 3 weeks and there’s new renters in the house. They pulled out baseboards to find them packed full of bed bugs. Seven days ago I’ve started being eaten alive, and realized they’re bedbug bites. I told the owner of the house, just for her ex husband to accuse us of bringing them in. The new renters assured us they’re in that other room.
I’m sorry, all I’m asking for is any help. Money for gas is the most needed, cat food, toilet paper, soap, feminine products, ect. is a huge help. The room is paid for until the end of December, and I’ve been told I get my unemployment card within the next 5 days. It has been 6 months I’ve been waiting for it and I have nothing left. I’ve been calling just to find out they need me to prove who I am by going into Bank of America with 2 forms of ID. I realized there isn’t a Bank of America in this state.
I’ve gone around and around with EDD. I think I finally got someone knowledgeable, she told me my card was sent back. I have no idea why (I think it was Jake’s mother).She told me she took the hold off and is sending it again and will be 5 days. I’m just waiting.
I’m selling what little I have left to survive. We went to unemployment here just to be told there’s nothing they can do because I filed in California. I was determined today to find an apartment, even though we have nothing. I was going to sell the jewelry from my mother that I had to if someone would rent to us. But they won’t.
Even when I explained the situation and proof that the landlord is a slumlord. I’ll list a few things..
•No smoke alarms
•Doors barely close or lock. Ours has been kicked in and the casing is broke.
•Walls and beams of the house are failing
•The electric is bad
•The landlord constantly disturbs us or just walks right into our rooms
•They bother us before 7am beating on everyone’s doors
•Owners ex husband lives upstairs and they fight every morning at 5
•7 people sharing one bathroom and laundry.
•Bathroom has a hole in the ceiling you can clearly see through to upstairs where the owner lives. I believe the owners are watching all of us in the bathroom.
•No legal agreements or leases
•Owner has tenants driving her around, she has us painting, new tenants have painted and ripped up old flooring and laid new down, fixing electrical with no license. She still wants us to rip up the carpet in our room and lay wood flooring.
I don’t know what to do. My step brother and I have been constantly applying to jobs and so have I. At least 15 a day online and as many as we can in person. Where we are living is costing us too much money in gas, and it’s a small town that looks abandoned and what is here already has their employees. We just fell into this and need help. We are hard workers that have come too far. We don’t want to be homeless. I don’t want my cats homeless. We just need a chance.
It’s been a week I’ve been trying to post this and I can’t focus because everything in this house keeps interrupting. It occurred to me to check the mail right now. 12/19/22 I’d love to post the video from the mail box, but this site won’t let me. But everything unemployment I’ve done has been online for me. It was just a time sheet that was sent. It was opened and repackaged in a yellow envelope with my stepbrothers mothers hand righting.
It was sent to her address December 8th and then remailed in a yellow envelope and stamped December 18th. I just got my confirmation I needed. A felony has been committed and we are being used. Please help us. I can prove everything. The picture im sharing is just the lcd screen of the stove in a kitchen we’ve never used. Idk why every picture is upside down and I can’t post videos. I have so many. I’m tired of fighting this site. This room was burnt orange and we got it covered. The picture is not upside down. It is posting that way I suppose it’s just part of our fight.