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I Have Been Homeless

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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...
    Amnibo Amnibo 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 11, 2012

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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...
    pooge pooge 41-45, F 4 Responses Sep 18, 2007

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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...
    TwoGypsies TwoGypsies 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 23, 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...
    TwoGypsies TwoGypsies 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 27, 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...
    PeaceOnEarth PeaceOnEarth 46-50, F 11 Responses Nov 13, 2008

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    Once Again..... - My husband and I are going to be homeless again. We spent almost an entire year out on the streets in Vegas. Neither one of us gamble either so that isn't why. We...
    Tara277 Tara277 26-30, F 7 Responses Apr 23, 2012

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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...
    JustaTouch JustaTouch 51-55, M Sep 4, 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...
    DevonL811 DevonL811 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 10, 2013

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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...
    yoreg yoreg 51-55, F 2 Responses Oct 19, 2007

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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...
    mattihope mattihope 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 2

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    Homeless In Houston - I was homeless after I was removed from the girls group home I had been living in Beaumont as a kid by aunt and then abandoned in houston. Covenant House...
    TexasPolo TexasPolo 26-30 1 Response Dec 15, 2012

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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...
    rickybobby33 rickybobby33 31-35, M 3 Responses Jan 6

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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...
    oneboredmommy oneboredmommy 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 1, 2013

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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...
    moonrose81 moonrose81 31-35, F Jun 10, 2011

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    I now have a beautiful loft apt that I own and I absolutely love it!
    Hunnilovee Hunnilovee 31-35 2 Responses Apr 2

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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...
    MadamAZC MadamAZC 22-25, F Aug 22, 2013

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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...
    billsout billsout 51-55, M Oct 8, 2013

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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...
    nobodyslittlegirl nobodyslittlegirl 13-15, F May 12, 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...
    gelroller gelroller 46-50, M 5 Responses Jul 27, 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...
    MadamAZC MadamAZC 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 22, 2013

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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...
    Knacken Knacken 18-21, F Jul 13, 2013

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    Homeless to Topless - I was younger,19. Just didnt have the money to pay rent,my server job wasnt cutting it.Got kicked out,had to leave all my stuff...I walked to work didnt have...
    awhtum awhtum 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 1, 2009

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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...
    paradoxical paradoxical 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 7, 2013

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    I Have Been Betrayed By Everyone I Ever Loved - I begged God for 30 years for a husband and children. But I had no idea what I prayed for would be the worst 14 years and biggest...
    dana0405 dana0405 46-50, F 4 Responses Apr 14, 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...
    billsout billsout 51-55, M 1 Response Jul 16, 2013

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    I Was Homeless And Still Somewhat Am.. - ok since my recent update with me moving from michigan after my homeless situation i moved in with my grandma about 4 months ago and rectly...
    mandyvargas18 mandyvargas18 18-21, F Feb 23, 2013

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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...
    httpdeathawaits httpdeathawaits 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 9

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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...
    Mariposa85 Mariposa85 26-30, F a week ago

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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...
    LivingToLearnLearningToLove LivingToLearnLearningToLove 22-25, M 28 Responses Aug 25, 2013

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    Two Years - so i was kicked out of my parents house when i turned 18 because i wasnt in school or working.  it was december in minnesota... soooooooooo cold.  for a few...
    TheReverendVortex TheReverendVortex 19-21, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2007

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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...
    rustytinangel rustytinangel 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 11, 2011

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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...
    concreteardrop concreteardrop 31-35, F 4 Responses Dec 30, 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...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 19, 2012

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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...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 33 Responses May 20, 2010

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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 &...
    vavamama vavamama 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 18, 2008

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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...
    morbidkittie13 morbidkittie13 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 26, 2011

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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...
    mariaherndon mariaherndon 46-50, F 3 Responses Apr 29, 2009

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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...
    tone77 tone77 41-45, M 2 Responses Dec 1, 2012

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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...
    Eventcoordinator Eventcoordinator 22-25, F 1 Response May 28, 2013

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    The first time was when my mum developed a bad meth habit, we used to argue alot because she couldnt handle her drugs. She would get agitated at the slightest things, I couldn't...
    imalonelyboy imalonelyboy 22-25, M 3 Responses Mar 4

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    I Was Really Young -  I was around the age of 9 when I was homeless with my mom and dad. They had both lost their jobs and after loosing their jobs they lost their house and...
    XLunaXLovegoodX XLunaXLovegoodX 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 16, 2008

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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...
    revcml revcml 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 7, 2010

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 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...
    xj287 xj287 41-45, M Oct 1, 2013

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    Warm, Safe, Secure - Keeping warm, safe, secure. That's important to me. Warm in bed. Safe at home. Secure in my Lord's love for me. Keeping warm, safe, secure. That's important...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F Apr 6, 2013

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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...
    SerenitySeeker SerenitySeeker 41-45, F 11 Responses Jun 19, 2008

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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...
    MayBee MayBee 41-45 2 Responses May 30, 2008

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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...
    mandyvargas18 mandyvargas18 18-21, F 3 Responses May 20, 2013

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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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    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...
    sighimnotgoodwithnames sighimnotgoodwithnames 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 19

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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...
    timotito timotito 41-45, M 6 Responses Feb 24, 2009

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