Help Houseless Black Elder Gain Stability

Help Houseless Black Elder Gain Stability

From Richard Marler

We are raising money to help Eric Aikens have a safe place to sleep during this pandemic. All of the proceeds will go towards housing Eric in a hotel for a month while he plans his next steps towards stability.

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Update #5

3 months ago

Hi Everyone! Eric just got news today that he got a job! He also has two more upcoming interviews. Thank you so much for all of the support you've shown him over the past few months. Its because of your donations that Eric has been able to job hunt and take other steps toward stability without having worry about where he will sleep at night.

Unfortunately, Eric's housing prospects are still slim. He's had a few leads on affordable places but has been unable to secure housing other than his hotel.

I'd like to ask those of you who are invested in Eric's continued well being to please consider making a monthly contribution. Fundly allows donors the option to make a sustaining donation via the "Contribute Each Month" option. Doing so would ensure that Eric has enough money to stay in his hotel each month until he's able to afford a deposit on a place of his own. Without an on going fund to supplement his future income nearly all of the money Eric makes at his new job will go towards his Hotel.

Thank you again for all of your support. Please consider becoming a sustaining donor and please share this far and wide.

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     Eric Aikens is a community activist and Black Elder who was born and raised in Oakland, and a year ago he became houseless. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to find a job and secure stable housing, but the difficulty of navigating an already confusing, overwhelming, and racist system was further exacerbated by the ever growing pandemic. 

     Before the spread of Covid-19, Eric was sleeping in his truck. Eric is nearing 60 years old and experiences a number of chronic health issues, making him part of the group most vulnerable to a virus that already disproportionately affects Black houseless people. He has stated that it is imperative to his future that he no longer be forced to sleep in his truck, and no Black Elder from Oakland should ever have to.

     With the City's meager housing options for houseless people (with over 10,000 people on a wait-list for "affordable housing") it is crystal clear that the only way our houseless friends and neighbors can stay safe and secure is through community support‑ with *your* support. 

     Please donate to his campaign to make sure Eric can stay safe and housed. All of your donations will go towards housing Eric in a hotel for a month of restorative sleep so that he may have peace of mind while planning out his next steps toward stability.Please also spread his story/this fundraiser as far and wide as you can. Thank you!

     *Eric also said that he has access to a dump truck and is looking for work. If anyone has work available that requires this equipment/skill set please get in touch. 

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Richard Marler posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #5

Hi Everyone! Eric just got news today that he got a job! He also has two more upcoming interviews. Thank you so much for all of the support you've shown him over the past few months. Its because of your donations that Eric has been able to job hunt and take other steps toward stability without having worry about where he will sleep at night.

Unfortunately, Eric's housing prospects are still slim. He's had a few leads on affordable places but has been unable to secure housing other than his hotel.

I'd like to ask those of you who are invested in Eric's continued well being to please consider making a monthly contribution. Fundly allows donors the option to make a sustaining donation via the "Contribute Each Month" option. Doing so would ensure that Eric has enough money to stay in his hotel each month until he's able to afford a deposit on a place of his own. Without an on going fund to supplement his future income nearly all of the money Eric makes at his new job will go towards his Hotel.

Thank you again for all of your support. Please consider becoming a sustaining donor and please share this far and wide.

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Richard Marler posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #4

Hi Everyone!

In the time since our last update we raised $2,850 via Venmo, Cashapp and Paypal. That's amazing!*

Here is an update from Eric himself. https://youtu.be/bjCJS6RSmnI

As Eric says in the video he has been able to keep a roof over his head, to get a working vehicle, and to keep himself fed all because of your donations. Thank you so much for all of the ways you’ve helped Eric reach this point.

Eric also has a lead on a housing situation that will be more stable and less expensive than the hotel he’s currently staying at. He believes that he will be able to move into this new place on August 1st but he is still currently looking for stable, full time employment.

We’d like to do another push for donations to make sure that Eric has enough financial support to stay housed, fed, and comfortable while he continues his job search and gears up to move into a new place. You’ve already given so much but if you could find it in your hearts to give any more and/ or to reach out to friends and ask them to donate it would further ensure that Eric’s journey toward stability is a successful one.

Thank you again for all you’ve done for Eric! We really appreciate it.

*I’ve stopped adding the funds gathered from these sources to our fundly page in order to avoid the fees that both fundly and stripe deduct from donations.

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Richard Marler posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #3

We are so close to our goal of $10,000!

Thank you all so much for your continued support of Eric's journey. Let's keep it going and do what we can to get a second month of restful sleep in a safe place for Eric.

Remember that every dollar this campaign makes is another step towards stability for Eric. We've raised enough so far to get a month in a hotel and a working truck. Lets take it to the next level and ensure that Eric has what he needs to find a job and to secure stable housing.

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Richard Marler posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #2

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WOW! I honestly can't believe we've been able to raise this much money. In just 2 days you all donated enough to pay for Eric to stay in his hotel for a month AND to get a working truck , providing Eric with a safe place to sleep and making it easier for him to find employment.

LET'S KEEP GOING!

We've raised the goal to $10,000. Every dollar you donate will be another step towards Eric finding the stability he needs. Another month in the hotel, getting the truck registered and smoged, making sure he's well fed. All of these things are costly and looking for employment while on a full nights rest without the stress of wondering where you'll sleep tomorrow is invaluable.

Thank you all so much. Please donate and share widely.

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Richard Marler posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #1

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Y'ALL ARE AMAZING! We raised enough money to get Eric a full month at his hotel in just one day!

Eric has this to say "To all the people I know who donated and even to the ones I don't: I truly appreciate all your help. Stay safe in this moment of crisis. God bless you all. Thank you very much!"

Let's keep the momentum going! We've raised the fundraiser's goal to $5,500. If we reach that amount Eric will be able to fix and register his truck, as mobility is critical to his ability to gain employment. Let's help Eric reach this next step toward stability. Thank you all so much!

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