Homeless: Life on the Streets

When I was homeless I had to make do with what I had. I was lucky that I had food stamps and a government check to keep my afloat. You’re wondering, “Why couldn’t you have found a room to rent?” It’s not that simple. If a person is on SSI disability, they often can’t afford a security deposit (without help from someone). I looked and looked and found nothing. I looked on Craigslist and all I found was either rooms that were way over budget or landlords that wanted me to do “favors” in exchange for free/reduced rent. I had to call a friend and get off the streets but ended right back to being homeless because the house got condemned (through no fault of my own). It’s a long story and I’ll tell it someday when I’m ready. But for now, I’m thankful to have a place to live, that I’m not outside sleeping on a train platform, on the ground or in the bushes. I was thankful to have a laundromat and a place to buy food/eat nearby so I wouldn’t go hungry. After nearly 2 years, I’m no longer suffering from health issues that popped up after I got off the streets. A blog I found to be very helpful was Survival Guide to Homelessness

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