Hello, my name is Jesse. I’m 26 years old, I am a father to the happiest 19 month old boy. His mother’s name is Dana and we have been together for almost a decade.
I have been employed full time since I was 17, as I dropped out of highschool in my sophomore year due to my mother’s drug addiction leading to her losing her nursing license for stealing narcotics from her place of employment.
I am the only source of income for my family, aside from Danas government assistance (Food stamps, health and dental for her and baby James)
Dana is unable to drive due to clinical anxiety, so I am also our only source of transportation.
The trouble began in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, like many. My pay was largely tips at the time and I started making significantly less because of it.
So I got a different job, but the transition was too much and the hours weren’t enough. We were up to around $1500 in past due rent, and fighting an eviction. My father in law came up with a “solution” so we packed up the Camry with the dog and two cats, and drove to California. The baby was born there, and work was good for about a year. Then all the money dried up again due to shifting markets in the Cannabis industry. My wife missed her family back home, so we took what we had and drove back to Florida. We ended up moving in with her Father, who was staying at his friends 4 bedroom house on 4 acres. I got a job, and everything was fine for a bit.
But the Owner of the house, Mr.J,
Is a 65 year old alcoholic, who’s wife had just recently died. He spends most of his time at the bars, where he spends most of his money. He got a girlfriend and ended up spending over $5000 on her in less than two months. He has also loaned out thousands of dollars to people that can’t pay him back. This had all happened in the 6 months that we have been living here.
After all that he ended up with a different girlfriend, and all the people he calls friends that he drinks with have convinced him that he’s not charging enough for rent, so he wants us to move out so he can charge other people more for the 2 rooms we currently rent.
This has resulted in him resorting to stupid, and illegal tactics to try and get us to move out. He had told us that he wants us to move in x amount of days (usually within a week of telling us) multiple times.
He put an “eviction notice” on the door that was clearly handmade.
I informed him I know my rights and I’m going to be moving out as soon as I possibly can, but if he wants me out sooner he would have to legally evict me.
He has removed the thermostat panel so we can’t turn the heat on, it’s about 50 degrees outside lately. I asked him why, he said he couldn’t afford the bill for the electric, so I offered to help pay the bill if we could keep the heat on. He refused, stated he doesn’t want money he just wants us out.
He had added video cameras to the porch, and kitchen areas to invade our private conversations. And his new girlfriend and he get drunk and start to try something with me or my wife almost every single night.
I work 3rd shift at a gas station right now so I can help with my son in the daytime.
I usually can get around 45 hours a week, but it’s still not enough to be able to save money fast enough to get my family out of this extremely stressful situation.
It’s taking a huge toll on my wife’s mental health and my sanity.
I’m asking for enough for first last and security to get our own place.
I’ve got a few places saved and I’ve already been approved at two of them.
$2800 would change my family’s life