OK my advice as someone who has been homeless.
IF you end up with no other choice...
Don't wait until you have no money left, and don't just be a bum and give up on life. Don't get involved with street kids, or any homeless gangs.
Homeless travelers are OK to hook up with as they are on the move, and won't cause you to become apathetic stuck in one place.
Travel, hitch-hike, yes you can do that, I did it many times traveling all over the US, lots of people still hitch-hike. Just be smart about it. I
was picked up by old ladies! Mostly to give me a god lecture but it's a ride. Head for the west coast, more tolerant to travelers than the east.
Get out there and see the country, meet people, you will be surprised what happens. I was offered many jobs, stayed at peoples houses, given cash,
food etc. If you tell people you are traveling to find work they will respect you and sympathise with your situation. There is nothing worse than a
bum who is in good physical condition standing on the street corner with their hand out.
In the summer there are lots of festivals, lots of hippie types on the road who will pick you up going that way, you can often find ways to get in
for free. For example I went to the High Times festival in Oregon back in the 90's, when I was homeless and traveling, I was with a buddy who had a
car though at this one. Anyway he had this big cooler so we went a purchased a bunch of cheap beer with the last of our cash, we carried the cooler
right through the vendors entrance, when the guard stopped us we said we were delivering supplies and he let us in.
We stayed inside for three days, sold all our beer and made profit. We eat food for free, as there was so much uneaten food always around.
There are Rainbow gathering, free food, the national lasts almost a month with set up and clean up, help and you can eat for free for a month and have
a good time. They have up to 50,000 people at these and there is no law, no trouble. Screw the straight world mate, find the alternatives.
So you can have fun and look for work. No reason to give up life because you're homeless.
BTW I am not homeless anymore, I got a job and stayed put 14 years ago. Now I'm on disability and can't travel anymore or I would, I would rather do
that than be stuck in one place, that is boring to me. I envy you.
Edit; I did the military thing, for six years, its why I ended up homeless in the first place. Well partly by choice, I wanted to travel.
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