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Originally posted by shushu
reply to post by CaptainWooddog
What are your circumstances??? Do you have any family or friends??? Nevermind about the family and friends. If they're like mine... they've got their own set of problems to deal with. Contact LE and ask if they know of any local homeless camps. You need to be near others for support. If you haven't been physically evicted... stay put. I recently heard that somewhere.edit on 31-12-2011 by shushu because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by LLoyd45
I know nobody likes to think of ever being in this situation, but for most people, it's entirely possible with the economy being what it is. This is not the be-all, end-all to street or urban survival, but more like a crash course.
I was homeless myself for almost a year, and it was hard, but I managed. I missed a lot of things from my previous life like TV, phones, running water, and flushable toilets, but when put in their proper perspective, I realized they were all very inconsequential to my needs for shelter, security, and the all-consuming desire to eat.
Being homeless in a large city, is like living in an urban jungle full of predators (people). You practically need eyes in the back of your head to get by. You'll develop a sixth sense for danger after awhile, or you'll become a victim of a random, or not so random act of violence.
Street people have an uncanny ability to sense fear and vulnerability in others. If you act like a victim, you'll be a victim. Homeless preople prey on each other as well as those foolish enough to put themselves in vulnerable situations. They're not the only predators out there stalking victims though. It's especially dangerous for females who can easily become victims of sadists and sexual predators.
Don't look for trouble
Mind your own business.
Avoid the police.
Vacant and wooded lots:
Staying healthy is hard to do when you're homeless, but it's still possible. Some suggestions are:
Brush your teeth regularly. A painful cavity or an abcess can be unbearable and possibly life threatening
Wash frequently. If nothing else, at least wash your hands before you eat. I used to buy baby wipes for this purpose. If you're personable, you can probably befriend a convenience store clerk who will allow you to clean up ocassionally in their wash room.
Wear layers of clothing. It will allow you to regulate your body temperature by adding or removing layers depending on the situation. Layers also protect you from serious injury from blows and cuts.
Shoes: Good shoes, that fit well are a necessity. You will be using your feet a great deal, and you don't want to get blisters or open sores if at all possible. If you can't scavenge a serviceable pair, break down and buy a cheap pair that fits.
Wash your clothes. It's easy to get lice and other pest if you don't.
Money can be acquired in numerous ways. There's daily labor places, doing odd jobs for locals, recycling, and panhandling, if you have the stomach for it. If you choose the latter, you can do well for yourself, but it comes at the price of your dignity.