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Being homeless isn't the same experience for everyone, and whether you believe me or not, is really inconsequential. I know what I did, and I have nothing to prove to you or anyone else.
Originally posted by devildogUSMC
I was homeless for a year and if I had your guide and took it serious, no offense, I would not have made it. I don't believe that you were ever homeless.
I think you came up with this little plan with no experience. If you are homeless the number one thing you need to do is try to find a new home.
Getting a job is hard without a phone, but it's possible. Trying to save up enough cash for an apartment deposit, utility deposits, and still manage to eat is the hard part. Holes are also for people without homes, I'm sorry to say.
Get a job as soon as you can and save as much as you can. And don't sleep in a hole thats for fighting men.
It seems millions of others in this country have done just that out of desperation. Is that how you extracted yourself?
Joining the military or peace corp. is also an option.
I seriously doubt if you have ever been homeless a day in your life. No offense intended. You're way to cocky, and make it all seems so simple.
But if that isn't for you, just use your brain and find somewhere decent to stay. It isn't hard.
Cities are a lot more dangerouss than the woods for sure. But even the woods have there problems.
Originally posted by DenverMan
Thanks for the thread Lloyd!
I too was homeless (1-1/2 year). Many of the things you mentioned were SO true! I "camped" in a few locations during that time. One thing I would like to insert is that if at all possible stay out of the city for sleeping!
No Problem DM, and thanks for your post.
Another good point you made was leaving trails! Every hunter knows about game trails! Yes, there are "hunters" out there.
Those were exactly the conditions I found myself in, aside from the mental illness part or wanting to live comfortably. You'd have to have been in my shoes at the time to understand. It was an overgrown vacant lot, and my hole wasn't really that uncomfortable, and it was free.
Originally posted by devildogUSMC
I'm not being cocky lloyd, and I mean no disrespect. I didn't mean to call you out and I am sorry. I just think the guide you have provided is not exactly practical. Maybe for a person with no family, no friends, no skills, no ability to utilize resources, too much pride(living in a hole or on the street), a drug addiction, mental disorders, or no desire to live somewhat comfortably.
I didn't live in New York, the rooming houses were worse than my hole and less safe, and I've never relied on charity from churches or the government even when thing were really screwed in my life. If my family gave me nothing else, they gave me pride. I'm not saying they were bad people either, I was the problem.
And no I do not mean a "new home", I mean a new place to rest your head at night. There are low cost rooming houses, livable squats protected in NYC under the squatters' laws, church programs, and as a last resort a government program even.
I hope that isn't there personal scenario, but if it happens to be, what I've wrote may help.
The options are endless. I'm not saying don't adapt, you absolutely need to adapt, but not to the stereotypical "street life". Adapt to the situation you are in, which will be different for everyone. You are describing a scenerio where all is lost, the end of the rope. That is not where most newly homeless people will be.
Possibly they'll have more options available to them, but I doubt it. The country is going broke and cutting out more and more social programs all the time. There are presently over 1,000,000 homeless people, and the numbers are growing rapidly.
Odds are they will have many options to choose from. Maybe they won't be great but better than living in a hole without a doubt.
I have got on my feet again DD. I own my own home now, I have a college education, and a family. Was it hard getting from point A to point B, yes. Luckily I did accept help finally, and from all people a police officer. Go figure..
If you have half a brain and you haven't given up, it's easier than you think to get back on your feet, not easy, but easier than you think.