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I Was Homeless

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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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    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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    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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    I had always wondered about the homeless.

    How they became homeless. Heard the rumors of reasons why, like mental illness or addiction. Everyone thinks if someone is homeless it has to be from one of these issues. They never take into consideration a host of other reasons. Reasons that one is reluctant to think about...
    lostinthessauce lostinthessauce 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 9

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    That's how it happens.

    Some version of that story is true for almost every homeless person out there. It happens because of not being loved. Because of not having supportive reciprocal loving family relations from the beginning. It is never mental illness, and rarely addiction. It is lack of love...
    Ajushi Ajushi 36-40, M Jan 10

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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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    The worst part about being homeless, not having a place to call your own, is that you're always "on." You never get to turn yourself off and just relax. You know that feeling you...
    b1tch2u b1tch2u 31-35 3 Responses Jan 15

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    I am blessed for many reasons . One of such was last night I served with a group I belong to at a homeless shelter . I was in awe of the wonderful people I met and as we talked was...
    Dancemomisme1 Dancemomisme1 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 18

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    I neva thought I would have too be homeless b4 it's not because I won't to its because I have too I been looking n apply for a job since 2010 I beening in and out of college...
    Moneea Moneea 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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    Sadly. I read somewhere that those who recover from homelessness have a high risk of being made so again. This does not make me feel confident for the future.
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M Jan 11

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    This is not literal to me. Im not homeless. I live in a house under my parents roof. However, its a weird sensation when you feel more at home at your work than you fo your house...
    Xychorite Xychorite 16-17, M Jan 14

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    If you saw a homeless person asleep in the bushes, what would you do?
    bayowolf2 bayowolf2 51-55, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    So. Much going on in my life. I had lost my home. My son(22) was also homeless. He got in with a friend so he was ok. Me? I had to get up to Norfolk to family! Having ensured my...
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 8

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    I can see how the world works. Humans are cruel and sick monsters. Killing others that were put here by the same God (I'm a Christian and I believe there is a god, just my opinion...
    kkam34 kkam34 13-15, F 4 Responses Jan 9

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    It happened when i was in 4th or 5th grade. I was riding my bicycle pretty fast, and about to come to a crossroad. I was was distracted singing in my head and thought I'd directly...
    msmika msmika 18-21, F 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    The bullying started in kindergarden (or preschool) and lasted most of my childhood. Though as I grew older they became less physical-I suppose the bullies learnt scars and wounds...
    PantomimeEira PantomimeEira 16-17, F 4 hrs ago

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    I was abused by my dad when I was younger. Now we have a very strained relationship and due to the abuse I am weary of other men. On top of that I was emotionally and physically...
    venessad17 venessad17 13-15, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    My mom is a ***** well not actually but today my sister said something that wasnt true and i was sleeping and they thought i didnt hear but i did just cuz she is the youngest she...
    hatemylifewishiwasdead hatemylifewishiwasdead 16-17 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    What a great day! Woke up and headed to downtown Sacramento. Ate brunch at cafe Bernardo where I had a bomb habanero burger! Then went over to S street and stopped at beers books...
    looking4wonderland looking4wonderland 22-25, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    When I was 10 a dude we new came down to the house with a tall can of bud light he turned to me and said do u won't some and handed me the whole thing and said I could have it I...
    TBH3292 TBH3292 13-15, F 2 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    Earlier in 2014, I had purchased a hair removal system for the hair on my arms and legs. Usually when I'd have seizures, my Genocidal farce for a Mother would come in and molest me...
    ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT 26-30, F 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    67th post...Helloooo world. Deliriously happy today. The world is a beautiful place and I can't stop smiling. Like I've said before would like to bottle up these feelings. They...
    rana3434 rana3434 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 26, 2014

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    To this day I still think of the horrors that happened in middle school. I hated how I was the only one people picked on because I suffer traumatically from it. I understand that...
    WeirdOtaku WeirdOtaku 18-21, M 5 Responses Dec 26, 2014

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    I was aged about 12 and was invited by my untie and uncle to go to the beach at Portsmouth with them. The water and heat eventually invited me into the water but as swimming was...
    ojexpress ojexpress 51-55 Dec 26, 2014

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