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I Was Homeless

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    Giving Someone a House Doesn't Mean They're Not Homeless

    I first started sleeping rough when I was thirteen. I had no school, no adult I felt able to speak to and half of my friends were homeless. There were family problems so sometimes I slept rough because I had nowhere else to go, other times I actually chose not to go back or to...
    LickingStamps LickingStamps 26-30, F 4 Responses Sep 7, 2009

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    Not Fun

    ive slept in parks before, at train stations.. not often, but dam, its not fun... its not the cold, or the physical discomfort that makes it so hard to sleep, its the mental discomfort and the knowledge that ur life must be very low if ur homeless...  and the unsaftey really...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 16, 2008

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    I Spent My 11th Birthday In A Motel 6

    I just remember how embarrassed I was and how terrified i was of letting anyone at my school find out. First we lost our 4 bedroom house in the suburbs. Then we moved into a tiny apartment in the ghetto. And when my mom and my little half-brother's dad split up, my mom threw...
    Emmamae15 Emmamae15 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 17, 2013

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    She Was Homeless And Got By

    A young woman I knew lived with a man for a couple of yrs , they fought frequently , he drank, One night he kicked her out and locked the door She had no place to go except a shelter She had no money She walked and walked and got very tired She saw a man in the lobby of an apt...
    anthony2001 anthony2001 61-65, M Jul 1, 2012

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    Not Easy

    I left my home and everyone I knew to create a new life for myself.  The top priority was getting myself safe from a dangerously toxic situation.  As a result, I found myself homeless.It was not fun.I stayed in a shelter for women and children.  There were more than 200 people...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F 4 Responses Nov 7, 2011

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    1995

    In 1995 I had a drinking problem all of my friend kept me drunk. I was tring to hide the fact I was bisexaul my farther made it loud in clear if I was I was not allowed in his house. so lost every thing so. first I stayed at my sisters till she kickede me out because of my...
    dino1968 dino1968 36-40 Feb 24, 2009

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    I don't really know how to define my situation

    at the time. I can tell from looking at some of the people today, that I wasn't homeless. I can't recall a period in my life where I didn't have some address I could at least try to go to. What really happened was my parents disowned me. For those first few weeks I was...
    LaurenJFisher LaurenJFisher 22-25 Oct 11

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    Stuck In A Rut For Too Long

    My husband and I have been bouncing from home to home since about 3 years ago. We'll get lucky enough for someone to take us in. Then we'll look for jobs, but then luck out, get kicked out, and have to find somewhere else. It has been like this for too long! After my sister-in...
    AlbinoLapineRedQueen AlbinoLapineRedQueen 22-25, F Nov 25, 2012

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    2 Months At A Homeless Shelter

    This is my last week in a youth homeless shelter before I move into my own place. Thankfully I never got to the point where I had no where to sleep, but not having a place to call home is hard regardless. It's a bed to sleep in, a place to get a hot meal, but that's about it...
    halfbloodprincess halfbloodprincess 18-21, F Oct 26, 2013

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    For a year and a half.

    I was a bad drug addict and I was 17/18 and I was living with my sister and I ran away from her and her husbands house. All I had was my bookbag filled with some clothes, makeup, my diary and my sketch book and art supplies. I was off my meds and out of my mind manic depressive...
    UnstableSammi UnstableSammi 22-25, F Aug 20

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    It Was Rough.

    I did it. I moved to New York City.  I did it because I was in love.  That apparently did not work out the way I planned. While these things worked out in the movie. Apparently it is not practical in real life.  I ended up at Belview for a few nights but that...
    friarrush friarrush 31-35, M 1 Response Jun 25, 2010

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    I Was For Many Years.

     I was homeless for many years, from 14 until I was 24. My daughter even spent her first year of life inside a transitional housing program.
    EffectsHer EffectsHer 26-30, F Jan 17, 2010

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    Being Chronicly Homeless

    I have been homeless most of my adult life. I was first homeless aged seventeen as this is the age at which parents can disown their offspring in UK. I hate being homeless in winter but in summer it is not so bad. I have had homes at various times but it has never worked out. It...
    TheLuckyHobo TheLuckyHobo 31-35, M 6 Responses Feb 7, 2009

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    Drug Addiction / Prostitution

      I left home at 16, after a **** childhood, the government at the time stopped people below 18 claiming social security benefits.. It didn't matter what reason you were in need of assistance - how ever bed the family circumstances - you just could get nothing.   So my only...
    roadofdarkness roadofdarkness 36-40 6 Responses Jun 3, 2012

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    You Got to Be Kidding Me!!

    I lived in Hammond,IN at the time that I became homeless. I was pregnant with my son and because I had a daughter I was informed by management that I would need to move into a three bdrm. The problem was that I was told that one would be available by the...
    Braveheart4real Braveheart4real 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 30, 2008

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    Www.homelessartisan.org

    I am creating a website to help people who are or were homeless. I was homeless many years ago and hope this is a way of giving back.
    mikejackering mikejackering 41-45, M Jul 11, 2009

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    8 Months...

    We were homeless for over 8 months. We were forced to stay with my aunt.  Thankfully we got back on our feet by being in a sink or swim choice and we are swimming. But we are stuck with my moms idiot boyfriend well for another month. It was a rough few months but god blessed us...
    Awt33356 Awt33356 16-17, M Aug 5, 2012

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    When I Was Young

    I don't need to go through the details about how I came to be homeless. That's another story, or a lot of stories. But I was homeless when I was a teenager. My first day was so scary, I was so naive. I spent the night wondering around in the big city in the snow. I came across...
    GalileosFinger GalileosFinger 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 26, 2012

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    Currently Homeless...

    Just got out of an abusive relationship after over 2 years this past week. Staying at my parents, but I don't have many of my clothes, toiletries, everything is still there. I am trying to save enough to buy my own tiny house...and if the deal goes through the payments would be...
    SaltwaterReef SaltwaterReef 22-25, M 1 Response May 8, 2012

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    It Happened So Quick And Lasted So Long

    All it took was a week of steady rain I couldnt pay rent and I was out on the street . This lasted 3 years . I think it broaden my understanding of why and how this can happen to anyone . I was stopped by the cops one night a the female officer really wanted know how I...
    charles849 charles849 70+ 1 Response Apr 22, 2010

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    The Secret Life Of A Homeless

    As of right now I am technically still homeless since i am living in someone else house. I remember the first day that i became homeless. I was thirteen years old. Me my mom and sister was hiding out in the bushes waiting for the cops to pick us up. We were hiding from my mother...
    vydyn vydyn 18-21 8 Responses Jul 10, 2012

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    I Was Homeles Once

    When I was seventeen I gave up my flat to go and look after my Mother, I had made a promise to my Father that I would look after the old bat after he died. She became ill and I went to live with her and care for her. All through a bad winter and a mild but wet spring I made sure...
    Sniffbat Sniffbat 41-45, M 4 Responses Jun 13, 2010

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    I was homeless for a couple years.

    I went around the country and slept in apartments, mobile homes and cheap motels. I mostly slept on the streets. One night, I was sleeping in a closet. The guy's name was Loren and he's schizophrenic. Someone called the police and they were in the living room. Loren was...
    SorrowofHeart SorrowofHeart 51-55, F 2 Responses Aug 15

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    Like A Dog... Like An Animal!

    Yes, but then I cleaned my act up and worked hard and moved out of my tent! It can be done.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 25, 2011

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    You people are lucky getting presents and having fun on the holidays but I can't I have a I have a different religion I can't even celebrate my own birthday you shouldn't wine...
    natsufairy12 natsufairy12 13-15, M 2 Responses Dec 13

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    I am very creative but feel that time is running out to really show the world want I can do. I am caught between two places, I have a passion to help the homeless which actually...
    iboxy iboxy 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 1

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    This was last Friday, about a week ago. We were going on a field trip for German Class (Christkindlemart) and I had brought about 40 dollars for souvenirs, food, and other stuff...
    Shyspan Shyspan 13-15, F Dec 17

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    I would like to create a project in order to give food for free in my town.I don't know how to built this project : just encouraging people to give food to homeless people.We all...
    blueblacklight blueblacklight 22-25, F Dec 11

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    So who wants to DO something about it? The shoebox campaign is still on and, unless I'm mistaken, you have four days to fill an empty shoebox with goodies and take it to the...
    stephaniebis stephaniebis 56-60, F 1 Response Dec 13

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    Well, I'll be homeless by next week. I have no family. They are verbally/physically abusive towards each other and have deep seeded issues that have never been professionally...
    alliemamabear alliemamabear 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 1

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    I care about homeless people. I try to always give to them.Who are we to judge. What if God was one of us?
    Bpack Bpack 31-35 1 Response Dec 1

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    Living in a homeless recovery center. They are going to throw me out if I can't find a job in the next four days.
    zompire98 zompire98 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 7

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    Yes I am and have been homeless for far too long. even though I am employed, life's daily difficulties make it exactly that when it comes to getting stable - difficult. Its a...
    manusundr manusundr 46-50, M 7 Responses Dec 17

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    So some of you will know I walked out on my husband a fortnight ago and was rescued. He wanted me to obey him and was rather angry I wouldn't. I really don't do the whole obey...
    grommit3 grommit3 36-40, F 3 Responses Dec 11

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    On the cold streets of the big apple. Bags so heavy i could not take a bite. The world on my shoulders. That's how it felt, crying internally pushing for shelter. I could see the...
    AndrogynousBeauty AndrogynousBeauty 22-25 1 Response Dec 11

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    not sure this is gonna even make sense but here goes. all my life, my family has moved around a LOT. i am currently living in my 11th house. most of the moves have been around...
    fairybby fairybby 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 19

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    I know that I still have some more traveling to don on this recovery....Thanks to those of you that I previous told this to & the new people who have befriended myself, without...
    HandSomeDevilYouWillWin HandSomeDevilYouWillWin 41-45, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    My mom thought I was cancer at first cause she got her tided burned and she found out she was pregnant and my sister says I was not supports to be here and I was cancer and I'm...
    Legendgirl112 Legendgirl112 16-17, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    Today was my birthday and I've never been more depressed:( if I had a gun I would have killed myself. I just can't do this, life is flying by and I'm still stuck in the same place...
    thefightingangel thefightingangel 18-21, M 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I was standing in my balcony engulfed in deep darkness and tears were not stopping.Then suddenly I heard a giggle.There a little two year old was standing giggling at me and...
    GenuineAngel GenuineAngel 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I really should've known. I guess I was blinded by what I thought was "love". What hurts the most isn't even leaving him, it's the guilt. How could I have done this to some...
    jheneaiko jheneaiko 18-21, F 3 hrs ago

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    I'm in bed now at 5:30 AM and I didn't take a shower last night and I kept smelling something but I didn't realize it was me until about five minutes ago. there is nothing likable...
    BiCPP BiCPP 18-21, M 2 hrs ago

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    So, one night, when i was sleeping i dreamt that a girl who is from my class and i were in a house( Not sure whose is it) and we were talking something and then we hugged and...
    postivitydude postivitydude 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 29

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    25th post. It's been a few days since I have posted, and I have to say it has been a roller coaster of emotions. At times I have felt elated and invincible. Other times I have felt...
    rana3434 rana3434 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 30

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    26th post. So here is another blast from the past. This probably happened about 2 years ago, at the height of my anxiety, and when my mental illness was developing into much more...
    rana3434 rana3434 36-40, F Nov 30

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    27th post. So basically my husband bashed me for years and years. There were things thrown at me such as plates, glass ashtrays, tables, punches, choking, whatever he felt like at...
    rana3434 rana3434 36-40, F 3 Responses Nov 30

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    When I was in the seventh grade I had a lot of friends. I wouldn't consider myself popular but I did have a lot of friends. However, I did have a lot of beef with other kids. I had...
    Redskinsfan600 Redskinsfan600 13-15, M Dec 1

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    28th post. A couple of other times that spring to mind when I think about the abuse, were two instances where once again I can't understand what went wrong. A few years back we...
    rana3434 rana3434 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 2

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