I Was Homeless

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 133 People

    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
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jan 9, 2015


    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

    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

    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

    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
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Sep 30, 2008

    July 2012 to March 2013 I slept in a van

    through the extreme heat then cold. July 4th, Christmas, and my birthday in a van. I worked two jobs. I was escaping a toxic relationship and was too proud to go home. These days I would be willing to go back to it. Live in a van and explore the states and be free. But this...
    DancesWithUnicorns DancesWithUnicorns
    26-30, F
    1 Response May 12, 2015

    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

    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
    1 Response Oct 16, 2008

    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

    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
    Oct 11, 2014

    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

    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
    18-21, M
    Aug 5, 2012

    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

    This very personal to me,

    i never told anybody in the real world. So i appreciate if no trolls were on here. I dropped out of high school at 17. I never sold drugs and/or did them. My parents lost their home due to financial and health reasons. Did football at school to stay on a right path and i was...
    sfdrboy sfdrboy
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Jan 31, 2015

    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
    6 Responses Jun 3, 2012

    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

    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
    2 Responses Mar 25, 2011


    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
    Feb 24, 2009

    But I chose to be. My dad is abusive,

    and I left.. For about 2 weeks I had no where to go, until my counsellors ( which are also foster parents) took me in. I'm living a strict Christian life now, which I believe I will benefit from. Although I live with them, I still have to provide for myself.
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Mar 29, 2015

    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

    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

    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
    41-45, M
    Jan 10, 2015

    I left my mother when I was 12

    and when I was rejected from my older brothers doorstep I survived 1 year living on the streets
    maya102 maya102
    22-25, F
    Mar 23, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    Oct 26, 2013

    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
    9 Responses Jul 10, 2012

    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

    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
    26-30, F
    Aug 20, 2014

    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...
    deleted deleted
    Jul 1, 2012

    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
    56-60, F
    1 Response Aug 15, 2014
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