Help Secure Housing For Bertha and her Two Grandsons

Help Secure Housing For Bertha and her Two Grandsons

From Sepehr Mashiahof

We are raising money to help Bertha Edwards, a Black elder who has lived in the Bay Area for 33 years, secure permanent housing for herself and her two grandkids! All proceeds go towards a deposit and 4-5 months rent.

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Since January 2020, Bertha Edwards and her two grandkids (four and eleven years old) have moved from motel to motel in the Bay Area. Currently, they are living in an Emeryville extended-stay motel, which she’s found costs more per day than rent would. This day-to-day housing situation consistently drains Bertha’s finances and makes saving for a deposit nearly impossible. COVID-19 has made her journey to find permanent housing all the more difficult and stressful, but she is dedicated to making it happen for her family, as soon as possible. Bertha has leads on apartments and needs your support to fund her deposit and first few months rent.

During a pandemic that is disproportionately impacting Black and elderly people, Bertha needs the safety and security of her own home. We all know that the path to securing a home is financially overwhelming and often anti-Black, especially amidst the Bay Area housing crisis. The government resources available are difficult to navigate and far from meeting the needs of our unhoused neighbors, failing Bertha and so many others. It is up to our community - to you! - to help her secure housing. 

Bertha dreams of living in an apartment where her and her grandkids can have their own space to thrive long-term. In these times of instability and uncertainty, we must collectively focus on the absolute necessity of mutual aid. Please give what you can and share widely! 

All the proceeds of this fundraiser will go to Bertha’s housing deposit and the first 4-5 months of rent. Any dollar counts!

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