First, I wanna say I appreciate you for opening this and taking the time to read it. Im a student living in Los Angeles. I work at a store part time and they recently cut my hours all the way down to 1 single shift per week. That’s merely 6 hours a week. at $12 per hour. That isn’t even enough to get me through a week alone. I am currently on winter break and using this time to try and get a new job before Spring semester begins in Feb. I like to work, I love feeling accomplished at the end of my day and it’s beyond frustrating that my own employer doesn’t care that I can’t survive on that schedule, no matter how hard I work. My manager responded to my request of more work with “stop bitching at me”.. I just got a 3 day notice of eviction because I couldn’t pay my rent this month. I see homeless people everywhere in the part of L.A. that I live in. It’s a terrible feeling knowing I don’t have the extra funds to help those people around me, and now finding myself in a situation where I could very well end up joining them is almost paralyzing. My rent is $1,509. I have no one to borrow from. My school may or may not help me financially because my gpa is just below the requirement but even if they do it wouldn’t happen soon enough to get me out of this situation. I don’t know what to do or who to go to. The people I am closest to are doing their best to survive as well and don’t have the means to help me. I don’t like burdening people but no matter how uncomfortable it is to find myself this vulnerable, I can’t let myself be prideful when I’m in this much need of help.
I have a great partner who has been trying as hard as I have to get our life better put together but after such a rough year we had, I’m not surprised that they don’t have any other resources for us either. We have 2 cats and our home is a small 1 br apt. We just want to be able to keep our home. All the work we have been putting into having a better life will be worth it in due time but right now we need help and have no other way of getting it.
Please, if you can’t help, I ask that you share this with someone who can and might want to.
Thank you & I hope this year brings you lots of great new opportunities as well.