Hello! Thank you for taking the time to hear me out for my request. The situation isn’t”we need money or we’ll die” but it’s a bit sticky. Seeing as I need to have 400 words and I’m betting on the kindness of giving, please bear with me as I share some backstory. (Names will be changed)
I met a gentleman online and we had decided to give a relationship a chance despite the distance. It has been going well for a small handful of years now and even a couple of years ago I moved states to be with him. We live pretty happily with each other but the problem lies in our roommates. There is of course myself and Hector (my partner), Hector’s disabled veteran mother (Mary), Brandon and Victoria (another couple [no blood relations]) along with their toddler and infant, Cameron (prostitute), and Daniel (my friend whom has had some rough luck). Us 9 individuals all share a cozy (to put it kindly) 3 bedroom apartment… Hector and myself hold relatively low income jobs (our combined is a little less than $15k), Daniel also works but most of his checks are eaten by the government and an ex-wife, Cameron and Mary both receive benefits (more on that in a moment), and Brandon supposedly holds a trust fund. I say supposedly because in all the years I personally have been here and around him, I have seen no evidence that he has access to this trust fund at all. Now maybe that’s just because of circumstances unbeknownst to me but it would be nice if he helped in some way none the less. Victoria doesn’t work but at the same time she may as well be a single parent as well with as much Brandon helps with the children. Mary and Cameron are a bit more complex in their roles and help to the house but for the most part not a lot of concern as long as they don’t stretch their funds much further than themselves. Mary also has been moved out of state to help with Hector’s sibling (long story short, a loss among the in-laws AND this Covid pandemic essentially trapped her there… Its slowly straining us as well but who isnt hurting because of the pandemic anyways?….[on the note of covid actually, other than Mary stuck out of state, we are largely unaffected… Hector, Daniel, and i all work in “essential” positions… I just make next to dirt and Daniel gets maybe 1/3 or 1/4 of his actual checks.]
Now it was about here when I realized a lot of my “problem” is just our roommates but in that same vein we don’t hate them (save one but that’s another story)… We want more than most anything to move out from them and not feel so cramped. We have grown attached to the kids especially but other than the kids, we really don’t have a reason or want to stay. They’re squeezing us dry, Hector has even been talking darker than usual and I feel the pressure getting to myself. We know that without us they SHOULD be good none the less so long as they all respectively do as needed. But they aren’t doing that now, and Hector and I can’t be the lifeline for a family we didn’t ask to be part of… We’re only roommates, we aren’t family, we aren’t even definitely friends.
So the gist of the story is that both physically and mentally, my partner and I are feeling drained from supporting more than we can alone. We want to move out on our own.
I don’t know what’s fair to ask… I don’t “ask” I work… But we just can’t, we honestly can’t… And now with this covid on top of everything it just feels…. Tougher.
My name is Trevor, and I’m politely asking you for help.