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I Have Been Homeless

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    The UN definition for "Homeless" is

    when your rent or mortgage are greater than 70% of your income. Societies tend to go into revolution when "monthly food costs" exceed 38% to 44% with 42% considered a tipping point. Technically, I have been homeless my entire life by the UN definition.
    billstew billstew 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 3

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    Lived Better When I Was Homeless

    I was homeless for two years because that was the lifestyle my ex-husband loved. I learned to make crafts and sell them at the Saturday & Sunday markets, and also at a Wednesday market in another town. We slept at rest stops, and twice a week were able to get a cheap motel...
    vavamama vavamama 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 18, 2008

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    What Are Your Thoughts About It ?????

    Recently the united states post office lost my letter that sent thru certified mail...this was the third letter they lost the first were to chrysler and this one was to fox news channel in NY...does anyone else smell a rat or is it just me ???
    billsout billsout 51-55, M Oct 8, 2013

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    Just A Sad Story

    we were once homeless, but we felt at home we were in it together, we were never alone and together we struggled and we made it out we survived together, I thought that was all it was about delusions of love, I'm the biggest fool around the world ate away at us, tearing us down...
    paradoxical paradoxical 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 7, 2013

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    Been There Done That, Might Be Doing It Again.

    I was homeless once before, somewhere between the ages of 15-17.  It wasn't horrible, in fact I believe my experience has made me a stronger person because of it.   The worse part of this time was the weather; winters are rough when you don't have any heat. I was...
    gh057 gh057 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 7, 2010

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    The Price Of Emancipation

    I am currently living in a small town in Illinois, having never lived here before I am utterly confused as to where I am. I'm surrounded by farmland and the population of this town are farmers. I'm from a suburb 20 minutes outside of DC where they are currently at 46 degrees, how...
    TwoGypsies TwoGypsies 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 23, 2013

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    Not having a home, a place safe

    and out of the elements is one of the saddest things that can befall a human being. I can relate to the experience in the sense that for 7 months my family and I had to drift form hotel to hotel, trying to find an affordable place to live. By God's grace, my hubbs and I still...
    ShebrewRed ShebrewRed 36-40, F 1 Response May 27

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    It Was Nothing

    It started when i was staying with a friend All was good until everyone had to be out. No big deal! Spent 2 winters in a shelter. Resources, food etc. In the summer bottle picking & odd jobs for money Found a secluded spot to set up a tent then discovered it was an exellent place...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 10, 2013

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    I was homeless as a teenager.

    I has abusive parents and an abusive foster home. When I was 15 I ran away and lived on the streets. I was stupid enough to believe that I was "free" I hitch hiked around the country. I traded sex for rides and food when I had to. I didn't realize I was victimizing myself just...
    KnaveOfClubs KnaveOfClubs 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 10

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    What Home Is To Me

    A home is not a building that surrounds you but the arouns of your lovers around you; I guess i been homeless my whole life
    SamTraveler16 SamTraveler16 16-17, M Nov 24, 2013

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    Illinois Winter

    Illinois Winter I was homeless for a year. Slept outside everynight in the middle of winter. From September to February. Ive also slept in my truck for the next winter. Got over that time of my life and im now planning on a 2 year community college and then 2 more years at a...
    DevonL811 DevonL811 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 10, 2013

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    Divorce + Job Loss + Realy Bad Timing = Homeless

    Writing this story is tough for me, it brings back a lot of memories I would just assume forget. But I think it is one worth sharing. Some people are lucky enough to have a high school sweet hart they fall in love with and get to grow old together with. I wasn't one of those...
    xj287 xj287 41-45, M Oct 1, 2013

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    Homeless In La

    I was unemployed and lost my home in Denver in June 2010. I had absolutely no reason to stay in that city, so I moved to LA. In quite short order my plans fell apart and I suddenly found myself homeless in Venice. I found an organization called St. Joseph's, which gave me a...
    Amnibo Amnibo 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 11, 2012

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    No Room On Your Floor

    I was 6m pregnant and homeless at the age of 20. I remember people wouldn't let me sleep on their floor. I didn't eat for days and slept in a corner of a old apt building. All this bc I got laid off my job. I learned then that people are cruel and selfish esp those who I had...
    oneboredmommy oneboredmommy 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 1, 2013

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    Street Findings

    When we see a destitute man hunched over a shopping cart or a stained woman in rags with just the top veneers of shoes upon callused feet, do we feel a sympathetic sense of indignation? Do we feel compassion? If they did have shoes, do we dare stand within them? One day last...
    mariaherndon mariaherndon 46-50, F 3 Responses Apr 29, 2009

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    Neighbors

    It's tough being homeless. During my stay at the shelter, it occurred to me that my neighbors there could use some encouagement every bit as much as I could. I decided to share some laughs, and I would spend an hour each day at the library, searching for jokes that would lift...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F Aug 19, 2012

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    "When the people I used to know found out what

    I'd been doing, how I'd been living they asked me why. But, it's no use talking to people who have a home, they have no idea what it's like to seek safety in other people, for home to be wherever you lie your head" I've never had to live on the streets, thankfully. I've always...
    mattihope mattihope 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 2

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    Homeless Since Age 15;

    Not your typical American family. Mom leaves father, I'm age 3. Mom meets verbally abusive alcoholic, I'm age 4. Many years of physical abuse come from my mum. Lots of CPS. Father dies early teens. I react badly. Moms boyfriend fractures two of my ribs. Sent me to grandmas...
    LivingToLearnLearningToLove LivingToLearnLearningToLove 22-25, M 33 Responses Aug 25, 2013

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    KCAA Of Califorina Radio Station Advertises My Book 21 Million People

    on july 6 a show called it is a crime ran my ad four times with 21 million people listening. thus far 35,951,620 know of my story(estimated) Is chrysler angry?????????
    billsout billsout 51-55, M 1 Response Jul 16, 2013

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    People Don't Understand

    There was a recent controversy on here recently involving my response to a homicidal homeless man. So for those that haven't experienced it, I'll try to shed a little light. When you are living pay check to pay check, it only takes a bad break or two to send you onto the streets...
    tone77 tone77 41-45, M 2 Responses Dec 1, 2012

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    Times Of Darkness

    I was homeless from an early age and it's just something you never forget it sticks with you it in prints itself on your soul. You find after awhile nobody really notices you your invisible to everyone except your own kind.I grew up on the streets dodging the police and other...
    gelroller gelroller 46-50, M 5 Responses Jul 27, 2012

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    Homeless But With a Kind Heart

    Five years after I was married, we became homeless. We lived in the car and sometimes in a tent or under a bridge. I was taught growing up that you stand by your husband. My husband and I may have been homeless but he still worked. He use to work at a restaurant and we would...
    yoreg yoreg 51-55, F 2 Responses Oct 19, 2007

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    Cold

    The worst part of being homeless was the cold.  Summertime homelessness, where I live, was lovely.  I got lots of sun, there were tons of things going on, places to go, people to see....lots of options on where to sleep.  People were apt to let me crash on their couch, or in...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 32 Responses May 20, 2010

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    My Homelessness Actually Was Helpful

    Okay, i know what your thinking. How can being homeless help? Okay well ive been homeless twice. With my ex husband, I was homeless for three months with two boys and another one on the way. We had no income, but our children still attended school, still were fed and had clean...
    kalamatai kalamatai 31-35, F 5 Responses May 8, 2012

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    Going On Ten Years

    I've never been wanted. From thirteen years old I've been shuffled from parent to parent (Virginia and Alabama) and even lived with my aunt for a while (in South Carolina). I got kicked out before I was eighteen. I moved in with a boyfriend, Clayton. His dad didn't mind if I...
    MadamAZC MadamAZC 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 22, 2013

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    When You See A Homeless Person Would You Think?

    I never pondered this question, until after I became homeless. What does it mean to be homeless? To some it means some it means nothing it does not affect their lives in any way. In fact these people often see a homeless person and walk on the other side of the street. During my...
    jlewis3555 jlewis3555 56-60, M 3 Responses Oct 22, 2012

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    How I Became Homeless In 2009

    Let me begin this story by saying that I suffer from depression and anxiety. I have been having problems with this at least  since my early teens. By age 17 I was moving around a lot; from my parent's, to my grandparents', to friends of the family, etc. Some of this moving...
    rustytinangel rustytinangel 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 11, 2011

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    I was homeless at the age of 26.

    And I won't lie I was determined to end my life upon winding up homeless. My life was monotonous and tedious. Boring jobs, no friends, no family present in the same province as me... But I am here. I don't know why sometimes. I hope that it gets better but it feels a lot like...
    lon3lygam3r lon3lygam3r 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 14

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    When I was a kid my dad went to jail

    and then my mom and I had to live on the streets and one day she said she was going to go to the store but I knew she didn't have money and she left and didn't come back so I was left in the streets alone intill some police came by and picked me up
    tyler12341212 tyler12341212 13-15, M 6 Responses Jun 3

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    The First Time I Saw The Sea

    hi there!today i wanna tell you about my first day at beach. Last week a NGO that works with homeless kids toke me and my friends to know the sea for the first time in our lives!! it was amazingly beautiful i never saw something like that before it was beautifuli felt and...
    nobodyslittlegirl nobodyslittlegirl 13-15, F May 12, 2012

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    On The Ed Tyll Radio Show 11,418,485 Listeners

    here is the link if you would like to listen!http://www.spreaker.com/show/the_bill_butler_show
    billsout billsout 51-55, M Jun 7, 2013

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    I Know People Who Live In Cars

    I have never been homeless except by choice. There are times that I get the wind in my hair and hit the happy trail and meander here and there... There are options for this squirrel {nests} in several locations. It has been my honor to offer food and shelter to...
    PeaceOnEarth PeaceOnEarth 46-50, F 11 Responses Nov 13, 2008

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    I've Been Homeless On Two Seperate Occasions

    The first time I was homeless was December of '91.  It's not good being homeless during a Michigan winter lol.  I ended up being homeless for more than 3 months that time.  Then I ended up homeless again in the fall of '92, but only for a month the second time...
    pooge pooge 41-45, F 4 Responses Sep 18, 2007

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    In The Winter..

    My family had a fallout..I was banned from my grandmothers house because I wasn't giving her my entire paycheck when I was working, and raising my cousins baby. It was November and snowy..I slept between pop machines and a wall outside of a grocery store. I stole food..my "dad...
    morbidkittie13 morbidkittie13 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 26, 2011

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    Homeless, The Lead Up And Aftermath.

    I think this is going to be the first time I have told this story in full, to anyone, ever.When I was 11 years old, living with my dad (Who is someone I love, and support through all his decisions throughout this story.) I started dating this guy, named Scout, I'm not using a...
    Knacken Knacken 18-21, F Jul 13, 2013

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    Update

    I just wanted to let people know how I'm doing and how I'm coping with the situation at hand. I have $43 left in my account, my brother lost his wallet with everything in it and our roommate doesn't have a job. After five days of living in my car our heat/electricity/water was...
    TwoGypsies TwoGypsies 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 27, 2013

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    Well, if you want to get technical,

    I still am. I'm still in and out of a few of the shelters in my area. However, I know this is a temporary situation that was meant to teach me something and I have already discovered what it is so the experience has more or less been valuable. I'd say my attitude towards...
    Mariposa85 Mariposa85 26-30, F Apr 8

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    The Florida Story

    Here I am in Florida, sleeping on the street. Brandon and I have been together and broken up two more times since he ditched me in the hospital in May. This last time he told me he was going to spend the night with his friend and after a week I found out that he had completely...
    MadamAZC MadamAZC 22-25, F Aug 22, 2013

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    I Was Homeless From Age 13 To 17. I Graduated From An Ivy League College 5 Years Later

    I was homeless for three years 13-17. I moved out when I was 13 years old because my mother married a new guy and he was a monster. I lived in a tent in the woods year round in Indiana while I worked 60 hours a week but I never missed a practice or day of school. At 17, I joined...
    BladerunnerJim BladerunnerJim 36-40, M May 3, 2013

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    Wandering No More

    I've been on both sides of this issue, as receiver and provider. I was homeless for six years. I usually stayed in shelters because I felt safer there than on the streets. At least the shelters were staffed, and they were relatively safe. In the summer, I occasionally slept...
    timotito timotito 41-45, M 6 Responses Feb 24, 2009

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    It's Happened More Than Once

    This is a very painful subject for me...and when I joined this group, I really thought I could write this story, but I'm not ready to, yet. I would just like to share that security is tenuous, at best.  For many, all it takes is an illness, a little bit of corporate...
    SerenitySeeker SerenitySeeker 41-45, F 11 Responses Jun 19, 2008

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    I was for three weeks,

    lost all of the money in my company, lost my investments, and investors, my wife and kids went to stay with my wife's parents, and I was out on the street, to proud to ask for help.
    httpdeathawaits httpdeathawaits 22-25, M 3 Responses Mar 9

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    Learning Experience

    It was about 5 or 6 years ago. I was with this guy who hated having a job, so he would purposly get fired. Anyway, I was workin as a housekeeper and he was painting. Well, Katrina happened and we lost our jobs cuz the state was paying employers to hire the survivors. Well, with...
    moonrose81 moonrose81 31-35, F Jun 10, 2011

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    When I was 19 I was homeless

    for 4 months. My boyfriend of 3 years at the time decided he wanted to spend all our money on indulgences in stead of paying our rent and then proceeded to leave me for a homeless chick with no teeth. I didn't tell my family because they all lived in a different country and I...
    sighimnotgoodwithnames sighimnotgoodwithnames 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 19

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    Unless You're A Vet, Addict Or Ex-Con....

    Here In Sacramento, rehabilitation programs aimed at regular people without records or armed forces backgrounds are few and obscure. Is it that way where you live? When I was homeless in 2011, the shelters emphasized further housing programs over vocational assistance. But if you...
    JustaTouch JustaTouch 51-55, M Sep 4, 2013

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    I lived homeless for 6 months on the streets of

    Atlanta Georgia. I was protesting for equality for all. I live as others had to so i could see the struggles they faced every day and the prejudice that others have for them. If the people at the top refuse to meet everyone else in the middle, then i would rather live on the...
    rickybobby33 rickybobby33 31-35, M 3 Responses Jan 6

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    I've been homeless twice before

    and this time makes 3! I had been sharing a flat with 2 friends and things were going great. Money was tight but Dave was good with money and bills and made sure the rent was paid every month. Twice in the last year, I spent my rent money but Dave covered it both times. Then I...
    Sonnyboy921 Sonnyboy921 46-50, M 1 Response May 11

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    Coyotes And Ants

     At the ripe old age of sixteen, my father, who is a pentecostal preacher, found out a "family secret" that had spanned about 6 years, involving me...and he also found out that I was in a relationship with another girl that I went to school with and hung out with...
    concreteardrop concreteardrop 31-35, F 5 Responses Dec 30, 2009

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    about 7 years ago I lived in my car

    for several months it was something I hope I never have to repeat again though I've come close on several occasions
    SuicideLullaby SuicideLullaby 31-35, M Jun 18

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    Homeless Awareness

    Hi, my name is Charte and I am from Rockford, IL and I was homeless for two years. I had dropped out of school but turned around and pushed to obtain my GED. Then I started trying to find a better opportunity in Saint Paul, MN. I ended up being homeless with as much help as i...
    Eventcoordinator Eventcoordinator 22-25, F 1 Response May 28, 2013

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    I Am Homeless Still..

    Well since the last time i got on here alot has happened. i was kicked out of my grandma's and got raped by a 60 year old man and put in a shleter and got kicked out for doing drgs and cutting again then went to another shelter and thought i met a good guy and a couple days later...
    mandyvargas18 mandyvargas18 18-21, F 3 Responses May 20, 2013

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    I Was Homless For 7 Months.

    I lived on the streets and in and out of homeless shelters for seven months. I was evicted from my flat ended up on the streets stayed as permanently drunk as I could, and thought to myself, " Thats it! I'm staying just where I am now, because there is nothing more...
    MayBee MayBee 41-45 2 Responses May 30, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    Im only 15 and have been: Australia New zealand Usa (florida, new york and LA) Ibiza😍 Spain France Germany Turkey Brazil My favourite was ibiza and idk why
    grac3bxo grac3bxo 13-15, F 3 Responses 4 hrs ago

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