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have you ever been homeless, or knew someone who has? how was it?

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No, but it's something i'm trying to avoid too.

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Not me. But ive had a friend who has been homeless. As far as I know he either is still homeless. Or hes dead :\

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I was on a month long trip around europe and my budget ran pretty thin.so i slept outside during half of it.(it was december)so.while i wasn't exactly homeless i kinda lived the experience of searching for cardboard to sleep on

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I was homeless for about a year and a half. I dont recommend it, but if you think your too privileged or spoiled than maybe. For me it was an eye opening experience. It showed me how small I was in the actual world. How meaningless your existence really is. I had jobs to help keep myself afloat, but people treated me differently. People who were once nice to me would dangle food above me in exchange for work that would by me a meal and a full tank of gas. Police ignored me when i was chased by a previous land lord. Family friends disowned me because i wasnt good enough to not be homeless. You find out who you're real friends are in this period. You find out that some friends only stuck with you cause you had money and resources they could abuse.

Of course, reading this back and it seems being homeless also makes you a harder person. In fact, there has been several instances when someone has tried to be my friend and i would push them away out of not trusting them.

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Yup. Sophomore year of high school. Fun fun fun.

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I was homeless for six months,  thankfully I had good camping stuff so it was not that bad and found a job in a few weeks of landing here.      It was one of the more harder things in my life and I kept it hidden from my friends back home.     Thankfully I found someone who needed a roommate and I was able to get out of that cycle.

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No, but I am fairly certain it will happen at some point in my life. I have little hope in my future. When that happens I have no idea what I will do.

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Technically I went homeless every time I changed jobs but I had my parents to go back to. I have a job but most of my stuff is still there.

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No, and I'm thankful for it. There are some many things a lot of people take for granted and housing is one of them. 

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I haven't been homeless in the literal sense. I've always had a roof over my head. But I've been bounced around and relocated to live with my aunt and uncle when my dad took a job overseas. My aunt and uncle are nice people but it was not home for me and I was extremely unhappy. I had no idea how long I'd be there and I felt hopeless. My cousin came and offered to take me to live in her apartment as her roommate and I jumped at the chance. I'm comfortable around her and things feel natural. There are different kinds of homelessness, and while some are better than others, none of them are pleasant. 

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I'm actually currently homeless right now. It's been more than a month now and it's depressing and expensive. I have a job that I been at for 6 years and I stayed with a man who was the closest thing to a dad for the past 2 years until he back stabed me and my mom, packed up half of his clothes and disappear into South Dakota. I tried staying at my aunts trailer home near my job until I can find my own place but we couldn't agree on a rent arrangement for a sleep area that is basically like Harry Potter's bedroom at the beginning of the first movie. So know I'm living in a Ford ranger with my mom who is in the same boat.

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I never have been I come from a middle class family and have always had a place to call home at the end of the day. Thank the lord I never had to experience being homeless and I hope I never do.

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Sort of. I came to where I'm living now for a construction job. When that was finished, I was offered a decent job doing car detailing, but I didn't have a place to live, so I spent my first two months here camping by the river while I saved up for a security deposit. While I technically matched the description for homelessness, I never really considered myself such as I always had enough for the essentials and even a little entertainment on the side. The day to day struggle was minimum, so I don't claim to have a proper perspective on what it's like to be truly destitute.

Overall it was pretty cool. Got to go fishing a lot and met a lot of cool people who I'm still friends with to this day.

Edited by Twiggy

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I was almost homeless back in 2012, when my mother and myself were very close to being kicked out of our home and being on the street. Luckily that wasn't the case. 

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I would be homeless right now if it weren't for my grandma paying the taxes on the house (I'm certainly thankful), due to my dad's seeming incapability to actually manage his money.  I don't personally know anyone who's homeless, but I know plenty of people who are almost homeless and halfway broke just like we are.

 

But, I do consider myself to be destitute, and I believe I have a right to say my life sucks, more than just emotionally:

  • I have no AC in my house, and if you live around these parts, you'd know how miserable it can get. Even now in September the house gets past 90 inside for most of the afternoon...
  • I had to skip breakfast for an entire week, because I had literally nothing to eat for breakfast. I also skip lunch pretty often, just so what we do have doesn't run out.
  • There are all kinds of pests, everywhere. Wasps, ants, mice, moths, spiders... All sorts of s***, and we can't afford to keep it under control. So we just have spiders living in out living room (which I guess is fine, they keep the flies to a minimum), a few dead wasps in our bathroom, the occasional ant infestation, a big rat (I swear the thing is as big as a freaking rabbit) that's tearing up everything, and moths all over the inside of the pantry.
  • I have only two socially acceptable pairs of pants, so I often don't shower for two weeks at least (because it takes my dad that long before he decides to wash clothes).

 

I really do hate talking about my life in this thread when I'm not technically homeless, but I'm as close to homeless as I can be, without actually being homeless. For somebody with my kinds of emotional issues (anxiety, depression, the works), that's torment enough. I hope I never have to deal with actual homelessness, but it will happen the day that other people stop paying our property taxes and I don't get a lucky break and find a new place to live in.

 

 

 

 

Edited by Dusk Noire

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I haven't been homeless but I've been around homeless people all my life since I've only lived in bad neighborhoods. Some of them are alright but others are shooting up smack and trying to pick fights with me. But I ain't scared of them. I never give the homeless money because I know they'll use it on smack or pills or whatever. I know because my eyes don't lie and I recognize the smell. I see them passed out on the sidewalk in the middle of the day, needles on the ground, empty bottles of malt liquor, yelling about stuff to nobody, and they got tents set up all over the place. 

 

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I've never been without a shitty job, and I've rented out of co-workers basements my whole life. 

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Whelp let's add 9 medical stables to the side of my head as part of my homeless experience

 

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No, but the thought of it scares me, and I hope that I don't end up one. Last thing I want in order to survive is doing some unlawful things just to get by. I don't want that in my conscience. D:

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On 9/8/2018 at 7:07 AM, Dusk Noire said:

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On 9/10/2018 at 1:04 PM, Hachiroku said:

. I never give the homeless money because I know they'll use it on smack or pills or whatever

I don't do either, I usually by them a snack or other food, most likely fries or something from a discounter. There is a guy a met a few weeks ago, he claimed to be camping for like 16 years, which is really unusual in Germany I can tell you. Chit-chatted a bit with him, bought him some peanut snacks, tried to convince him to do street work (There is a street newspaper in our town people like him could sell to earn some money) or trying to help him find an organization offering flats. Either it failed so far, or he wasn't interested in, I made some calls around. Also got an old jeans with an hole I am not going to wear again, so I might could dispose it to him.

I basically never give them money, because either they might spend it on alcohol/cigarettes or are a victim of presumably bulgarien rumoured human traffickers who pick them and their money up at the end of the day.

 

Anyways, based on the experiences in this topic, it looks like you are way more likely to get homeless in the US than in Germany/western EU.

For me personally, I was never homeless, the closest thing was 3 months ago when I could have decided to be basically homeless, switch to places of different friends just to stay in the same city to easier find flats. I did find one before that happened, though. (I didn't wanted to be too distanced to the city I was looking a flat for in)

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On ‎9‎/‎25‎/‎2018 at 7:05 PM, Bas said:

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Air Conditioning.

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My school is trying to evict me but I just payed them so they shouldn't be able to now, they still gave me a scary letter. 

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On ‎9‎/‎28‎/‎2018 at 12:08 AM, Hachiroku said:

My school is trying to evict me but I just payed them so they shouldn't be able to now, they still gave me a scary letter. 

At least it's something, right...? :laugh:

Edited by Dusk Noire
Since I think that was meant to be a joke.

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