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Help prevent me from becoming homeless!
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I don't like asking for help but this is what it's come to. Because of the problems with unemployment extensions in Michigan I haven't been making anything to pay my bills. I am behind on rent, child support, other bills, and about to become homeless. More ...

I have been transitioning from male-to-female since September 2009. In that time I have faced two years of homelessness, threats on my job, corporate investigations, false accusations from my ex, false police reports, fighting for the right to see my daughter, and much more. I was able to save for bottom surgery and I sold every major thing I had left for facial feminization surgery in 2012.

After FFS most of the harassment at work ended but not all. After 5 years at my job I was terminated for my anxiety and panic attacks in August of 2013. Since that time I have filled out many hundreds of applications. My unemployment ended in December 2013 after the Republicans refused to extend unemployment benefits. I worked for 2 weeks in Home Healthcare in January, otherwise I've been paying my bills from the generosity of others and with two nearly maxed out credit cards. In this time I've also been running a transgender support group and trying to hold together a local pride group

In the last week of March I was accepted into a class to become a Certified Nurse's Assistant. The class ends in Late April, and my first paycheck will not be until May 16. Currently I am late on my rent, 3 months behind on child support, and unable to pay my utilities. When I go to apply for assistance I feel I am experiencing discrimination from the system. I have to be out of my apartment by the end of April and right now I have no place to go and no money to afford a place.

I have had this apartment since December 2012, before this I was homeless and living out of my car. The stability I've found has enabled me to begin fixing my life and it has brought back my creativity and my social sanity. My depression is slowly vanishing but I still suffer from Post Traumatic Stress, which can be debilitating. Some nights I wake out of a dead sleep thinking I'm getting drug out of my bed or that I'm still living in my car. I do not ever want to experience this again, as much as I've been through I don't know if I could handle any more trauma at this point.

If I do end up homeless again I may very well lose the relationship I have with my daughter, which I've had to fight hard to maintain through all the lies, threats, and homophobia. I also worry about losing the two nights a week I do get with her.

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