Help Houseless Black Elders Survive the Pandemic

Help Houseless Black Elders Survive the Pandemic

From Richard Marler

We are raising money to help Lance and Jackie feed and house themselves while navigating chronic illness during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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Update #2

11 months ago

Great news! Jackie is recovering well and is feeling much better! Also her social worker has found a place for her and Lance to move into! They are both very excited for this unexpected development but they still need enough money to pay for first and last month’s rent.

Thank you for your continued support of Lance and Jackie. Now more than ever, every little bit you can donate and every friend you share this fundraiser with will help to ensure that they both have shelter and safety as they bear the Covid-19 pandemic. Let’s keep the momentum going and get them the money they need!

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Lance and Jackie are two bay-area born Black elders who have been houseless for the last three years. In 2017, Lance was released from jail on a 3 year parole. While excited to start his new life, he soon found that the geographic limitations of his parole coupled with the detrimental effects of rapid and sustained gentrification on his home town severely limited his ability to find housing and employment in an already racist and overwhelming system. With no family or community to lean on, Lance and Jackie found themselves relying on shelters, food banks, and the generosity of local churches to help them get by day to day as Lance tirelessly searched for employment. Now in 2021 Lance is off parole and newly employed but unfortunately his wages have offered little in the way of stability and comfort. With Jackie having recently been hospitalized and Lance himself experiencing a number of chronic health issues in the middle of a pandemic that has been disproportionately devastating to Black houseless people their need for stable housing has become all the more dire. Given that both the state and local governments of California  are crafting ever more aggressive anti-houseless legislation it's clear that only through community support will our most vulnerable friends and neighbors be cared for in the way that they deserve. 

All of your donations will go towards providing Lance and Jackie with a means to feed and house themselves so that Lance can save enough money to eventually rent a place for the two of them. Depending on how much we raise we would also like to help Lance pay for a vehicle so that he can more easily commute to his job working a graveyard shift. 

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Richard Marler posted a new update:
11 months ago

Update #2

Great news! Jackie is recovering well and is feeling much better! Also her social worker has found a place for her and Lance to move into! They are both very excited for this unexpected development but they still need enough money to pay for first and last month’s rent.

Thank you for your continued support of Lance and Jackie. Now more than ever, every little bit you can donate and every friend you share this fundraiser with will help to ensure that they both have shelter and safety as they bear the Covid-19 pandemic. Let’s keep the momentum going and get them the money they need!

Please share widely and donate. Thank you!

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Richard Marler posted a new update:
11 months ago

Update #1

Wow y'all are incredible! We raised $1,131 in just one day!

Let's keep it going!

Unfortunately Jackie just found out that she is Covid-19 positive. According to Lance, she is being attended to by doctors and has been given a room at a hotel. He also mentioned how difficult it has been to help Jackie seek treatment without a vehicle. Lets continue to raise money and to help Lance and Jackie as best as we can!

Thank you all so much!

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