I Saw a Homeless Person

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 500 People

    Animal Shelters But No Homeless Shelters

    I live in a small southern town and just like the big cities we have homeless people too.  A couple of years ago it seemed like everywhere I looked there was a homeless person.  The old man sitting on the same bench day after day talking to himself. ...
    RainbowsandAngels RainbowsandAngels
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Dec 18, 2007

    Thank God For Having Dishes To Wash

    A homeless man told me, "Thank Gawd 4 havin' dishes 2 wawsh 'cuz dat's how u know u gawt food 2 eat. I luuhv wawshin' deeshes!" Country man. Now let me translate. "Thank God for having dishes to wash because that's how you know you got food to eat. I LOVE washing dishes...
    otad12 otad12
    31-35, F
    Jan 19, 2010

    This happened this winter.

    He stopped in at the bar and sat next to me to escape the cold. A homeless Vietnam veteran, all he wanted to do was get warm and couldn't care less about the merrymaking around him. We talked. He marveled at the technology of modern-day and rambled on and on. The bartender...
    NoVADad703 NoVADad703
    36-40, M
    Jun 23, 2014

    I work in Baltimore. I see them everyday.

    The man who sleeps on a manhole on the sidewalk that has steam coming up through it just so he doesn't freeze to death. The young man who is always on the pier talking to himself, but always smiles and says "hi" to me when I pass by. The man and woman who tag team at the...
    seahawk665 seahawk665
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 31, 2014

    I Am Glad To See This Homeless Woman (after All)

    After reading several people's stories on the homeless, I thought I share my experience with an open mind to everyone who seemed to be freaked out , who are nervous, or just think homeless are lazy people. I got off the bus one morning and I saw this lady strangely standing...
    Bonnieee Bonnieee
    26-30, F
    1 Response Aug 9, 2011

    "Famous People Who Were Once Homeless" and No One Cares

    I asked a question recently about “Do you know of any famous people who were once homeless” and got a variety of responses. Correction, that’s not right – I got only three responses one of which seemed a bit flippant. I know how sometimes a trend of...
    2Buddies 2Buddies
    46-50, M
    Oct 14, 2010

    Help Programs...

    I have been homeless too. And I am well aware of the services available here where I live. Some programs actually do some good. But lately, I have been examining the effects of those that seem to enable people with negative life issues like alcohol, drug or felonies. One guy I...
    JustaTouch JustaTouch
    56-60, M
    Sep 17, 2013

    Numbers Increasing

    Homeless sightings are on the rise in New York they say. It's true though, I see more and more in the subways. Too many scam you saying they want $$ for food, & go drink it up or get high. One time a guy asked for a dollar to buy food. I offered him a fresh bagel and he yelled at...
    Brandi5 Brandi5
    26-30, F
    1 Response Nov 6, 2013

    Once a few months back I saw a homeless person

    while walking to work. Granted the time I took a bike trail to work at around 8 or 9 each morning, but it was still early enough for off things to happen. She was sitting at the entrance way of the trail near the bridge. I could hardly tell it was a person until I got close. Her...
    lizzie9787 lizzie9787
    18-21, F
    Feb 3, 2016

    I drive a truck around the suburbs of of my

    city in the early hours of the morning. I get to see all sorts of activities. Obviously other people like me working. There's quite a few out and about at 4am. I see young teens walking the streets and wonder why their parents let them do this. I see people sleeping in their...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Aug 27, 2015

    I Tried to Help

    There once was this homeless man who used to hang out in a plaza near my neighborhood, and my mother and I felt bad for him. So one day we decided we'd make a pb&j sandwich and some hot chocolate for him. But when were got there to deliver it him he was gone. I felt bad I...
    Melody08 Melody08
    18-21, F
    Mar 6, 2008

    Not Too Many Around Here

    but I live in one of those mid-south city-towns with a 20-30k population. everybody's got money, a job, or family. I've been to some cities, though. New York is crazy... In San Antonio a man approached me, sixteen with my beard and long-hair, his arms and eyes wide, "Jesus!" I...
    pratyekayan pratyekayan
    18-21, M
    Sep 23, 2010

    It Makes Me Sad

    I see homeless people once in a while.  I live in a tourist area at the beach so you see them more in the summer.  It's always so sad to see them pushing their bike or shopping cart, however, it makes me upset too when you see them drinking out of a brown paper bag or...
    beaglewoman beaglewoman
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Dec 18, 2007

    What Is A Homeless Person?

     A homeless person is more complex than the stereotype of a job-less, lazy person begging for change on the corner of the street. People become homeless for a variety of reasons, like being cut off from public assistance or losing a job. Homelessness can affect anyone at...
    geminiable24 geminiable24
    Jan 26, 2010

    Almost Every Day

    i see a homeless person almost every single day that i go to work.
    witheverstepifail witheverstepifail
    18-21, M
    Mar 14, 2012

    .....and It's My Dad

    I am upset right now and thought this would be the best place to share why. My dad is 74 years old and diabetic and has been living in his car for the past 7 or so years. In the last year it's gotten REALLY bad, he stopped showering and stinks to high heaven, reeks of urine...
    cssoulsearching cssoulsearching
    26-30, F
    Feb 17, 2011

    Homelessness If I had some money the first

    thing I will do is make some homes for the homeless. Secondly fight cases of those wrongly confined in prison. At least 5 of them. Everyday when I go out in the morning, I see number of people sleeping outside on the footpath or on the roads. This makes me cringe. How can any...
    aproudwoman aproudwoman
    46-50, F
    1 Response May 24, 2014

    I Ve Been Homeless Too

    ive been homeless too with my daughter, back in 2001 i lefted abusive 20year reltaionship my daughter was 8 at the time we went to a womens domistic volince shelter  we had nothing but eachother just the close on our backs so now when i see a homeless person i give...
    lunnas lunnas
    41-45, F
    6 Responses Aug 10, 2008

    The Homeless Who Liked Me

    It was in 2010. I was in UK. I wanted to go to NY, US, but missed a flight. And I couldn't get a refund. Due to budget, I was struggling before I asked my mom to send me my money. During that time, I met him. I get some help from him to delete my facebook, twitter account in the...
    n22dle n22dle
    Oct 16, 2013

    The 5 Cent Coin

    I was coming from the doctors, at the end of a long working day. Flu, coughs, etc.  It was 6pm, already dark here in Sydney. I was on my way to the train station at the upper end of Martin Place. Just at the top of the stairs, I noticed a 5 cent coin on the pavement. First, I...
    AgeingThinker AgeingThinker
    61-65, M
    1 Response May 12, 2012

    Smell Of A Waste Of Space, And Acknoledgement

    Saw A homeless mother and her three children the other day, can you say Eww! She asked for a DOLLAR (Like that's enough!), and then started rambling about her pathetic life; how her husband beat her and her children so she left, and now is homeless. I quickly felt robbed after I...
    newbmuzik newbmuzik
    26-30, M
    1 Response Jun 2, 2013

    What Do They Think About Us?

    I visit NYC a lot, so you see a lot of homeless people just by walking down the streets. My first reaction is always sympathy, but then I start to wonder what they think about us. They probably do have a lot of time to people watch and I wonder what there thoughts are...
    averagejo averagejo
    3 Responses Aug 12, 2008


    One day I saw a homeless person. He was my age. I smiled at him. He smiled back. I'll never forget that. It made my day. Despite all the **** that that individual is going through, he smiled. How powerful.
    CrazyHippieChick CrazyHippieChick
    4 Responses May 24, 2011

    I Wanna Be Homeless!!

    Ask a child what they want to be when they grow up and you will hear a wide range of answers from firefighter to ballerina, astronaut to teacher, or baseball player to the one that melts me, "a mommy." :) Have you ever had a child answer, "I wanna be homeless!" No... We don't...
    Freedom901 Freedom901
    36-40, F
    Sep 22, 2010

    yes I see them on the side of the road

    and it makes me sad it also makes me wonder how they got that position why and how did they get themselves there I feel bad in a way but then again if they got themselves there because they were drinking or smoking then that's their own problem. I want to help them I really do...
    cieloissky cieloissky
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 2, 2016

    So.. Crazy Run In With A Homeless Person?

    As requested, I'm gonna write about my weird encounter with a homeless lady. Ok so one day.. I think I was about 8 or 9 maybe. Well anyways my mom and I were at the hair salon really late and I was hungry so she drove me up to Subway. We parked and were walked up to the door...
    kh46 kh46
    22-25, F
    Nov 26, 2013

    I see poor homeless people everyday In India

    and honestly I got so used to it that I'm afraid I'm going to just stop caring for people that need help. I've seen so many things that I didn't even flinch at and sometimes I wonder if I'm scared or just shocked. Maybe neither but the more naked, homeless, afraid, crying...
    Rhea03811 Rhea03811
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Aug 10, 2015

    I Saw One

    My older brother is a homeless person.
    Lookingforjmc Lookingforjmc
    22-25, M
    3 Responses Jun 24, 2013


    I see them all the time and I feel so much for them. If we are near a restaurant or fast food place I'll go in and buy them a meal. This morning, however, the gentleman that I saw was walking with a cane and barefoot. He had just a few tattered items on and carried a small...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Oct 9, 2007

    I Have Seen Many

    I always see homeless people. Every time i go into NYC i see them. I hate to say it but i am generally unfazed by them. It is just one of those unfortunate aspects of life. There are times i may feel for them and i often end up giving them change. I do feel a little pang in my...
    Tacit Tacit
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Aug 10, 2008

    My Brother Was Homeless

    my older brother chose to be homeless. he lived in the streets for 30 years, 10 years since we last saw him at my moms funeral. two weeks ago, we received a letter from the coroners office that he passed away . apparently, he fell from his bicycle and died from head trauma. i...
    rsanchez756 rsanchez756
    1 Response May 20, 2012

    I Spent Some Time...

    I spent some time homeless after my parents kicked me out. For alot of the part, I could rely on my friends, but there were days when I didn't have a place to sleep. I was thrown out while I was still in High School. I did live with my friends in shifts and kinda drifted, but...
    drcynic drcynic
    26-30, M
    1 Response Feb 11, 2008

    Thought I would go pick up some fast food

    yesterday evening after work and as I was at the end of ordering my food an older lady just a little younger than my elderly mother approach me, a bit aggressively asking for money. I immediately rolled my window up just enough so I can speak with her. It was strange but she...
    niceguycursed niceguycursed
    31-35, M
    1 Response Feb 2, 2016

    I gave the homeless man a spare jacket I kept

    in my car. He told me he didn't think anyone cared about him. A good deed never goes unappreciated
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Jan 31, 2015

    Sick of seeing them everyday fake drug addicts

    who just sit outside high end shops wanted change, make me sick just walking past them.
    saneelax saneelax
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Oct 18, 2014

    Was Awful

    When I was nine my family and I took a trip to New York City. I had never seen such a big place before also I and never seen homeless people either. When i first saw one I cried I felt so bad. i couldn't believe that there were people who lived like that.
    howsab howsab
    31-35, F
    Jul 5, 2011

    I see then every day

    and it saddens me.
    geminigirl54 geminigirl54
    41-45, F
    1 Response Feb 2, 2016
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    1 Response Feb 3, 2016

    He looked at me and said "I haven't eaten in

    two days." So I said "you should force yourself."
    Flangas Flangas
    36-40, M
    Jul 18, 2014

    On The Corner At The Mall

    I saw a homeless person a few days ago standing at the exit of a local shopping mall. I did not realize it until I was ready to go with the traffic that it was a girl. She must have been about 18 or 20. I felt bad because she was at the exit part of the mall and this lead to a...
    onceasailor onceasailor
    46-50, M
    8 Responses Feb 2, 2011
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