On Monday, I was informed by EDD that my unemployment benefits ended as of June 21st. I was under the impression that they ran out in September. (My lay-off was in March, and EDD claims usually last for 6 months; my claim ending early is possibly due to the fact that my work at St. James was p/t? But really, who knows…)
To say that this is a big shock is an extreme understatement. I have effectively just lost half of my (already very modest) income with NO advance warning. This is also coming on the heels of some very bad news last Friday (don’t wanna go into it here yet, but it was about money and Medi-CAL coverage), and on the heels of having spent most of last week very sick in New Chronic Pain Management Meds Side Effect Hell (and thus, unable to work/make any money). I am making calls and sending emails and exploring the possiblity of an appeal/extension wrt EDD, but I am honestly not feeling especially hopeful right now.
So, here’s what’s up/here’s what I’m doing, and here is where I would deeply appreciate YOUR help, friends & fans & community members:
- Me & an old friend are both subletting our apartments and going travelling together starting in early August (as a cost-saving measure, basically). My travel dates are a bit open-ended, but I will probably be leaving town in early August and getting back some time in early November. I will for sure be in the following cities: Vancouver, BC; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR. I might also figure out a way to do some East Coast travel (I miss you, NYC & Beantown peoples!) while I’m away from San Francisco. Offers of crash pads with ACTUAL BEDS, house-sitting & pet-sitting gigs, and CHEAP furnished sublets in either the Pacific Northwest or on the East Coast are VERY appreciated right now.
- I am absolutely 100% available for both remote/freelance work (writing/editing, grant writing assignments, etc) and for gigs (writing, performance, teaching) while travelling (with the caveat that I’m only able to work about 20 hrs/wk right now due to disability stuff, so keep that in mind when you’re proposing projects/timelines). Seriously: If you have EVER wanted to bring a Gina to your campus or community center, NOW IS THE TIME.
- Yes, I am still about to start the process of applying for SSI/SDI, but that process is long/slow/arduous, and everybody gets denied the first time. It’s a good long-term option, but it’s not immediately helpful.
- I am having to seriously swallow my pride here, but: If my work as a writer or performer or teacher or activist has meant anything to you over the past 15+ years — now would be an especially good time to throw some money my way. My paypal is email@example.com. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. <3
This too shall pass. I am nothing if not a hustler. But I am really, really ready for a break.
<3 & many, many, MANY thanks,