I am a young man asking for assistance paying his rent. – I know, this sounds extremely generic, however, I am trying my hardest to get back on my feet. Without going into too much detail, I was hospitalized for weeks during the fall semester of 2017, and found myself drowning in debt, from both the hospital and the costs of tuition. I began to work full-time while attending school, which proved to be difficult; often skipping class in order to sleep for work. This led to me inevitability dropping out of college and working full time.
During October of 2018, I became unhappy with my situation. I was working a dead-end job at a food court, where the management was nonexistent, and cooperation was unheard outside of each person’s concept. I moved away from my hometown to attend college, yet now I only worked to provide for my older sister. I decided to quit my job and go toward greener pastures – which was a grave mistake in itself. I turned in hundreds of applications, ranging from janitorial to food service, all to no avail. It wasn’t until the end of November where I was hired as a janitor, making only 50 cents above minimum wage.
I worked Monday – Friday, from 7AM to 4PM, scrubbing toilets, walls, mopping floors – you name it, I did it. Yet even though I was finally earning income, my bank account was so overdrawn from purchasing gas, to groceries, that my first paycheck resulted in me taking home $10. Although I was extremely discouraged, I continued to work in hopes that I would be able to make enough to pay January’s rent, and also have side income for Christmas. With all the hard work, and after logging in a hefty 63 hours I managed to take home … $489. After not having a single dollar to my name for so long, this number felt like a million bucks to me, and so, I did what any person does after winning the lottery – I went out and bought ACTUAL groceries. No more pasta and Ragu sauce for me! My ‘splurging’ has resulted in me ending up with literally zero in my bank account.
I am telling you all of this, not because I demand your sympathy, rather, I hope you’ll see me as more than a wall of text, or just another story. I hope you see me as a person. A son, or neighbor, who is dying to get out of this hole that I have fell so deep into. I feel as though I have been placed with so much responsibility, having to be the only source of income for my older sister, that it is often too much to bear.
Attached is a letter from my management office.
I am hoping to receive $650 which will cover the full amount of the rent.
Thank you for reading, and any help is appreciated.