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I Was Homeless

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 118 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    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 22-25, M 6 Responses Jan 31

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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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    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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    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 18-21, F 4 days ago

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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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    My father was homeless in London. tells me stories of how the dead would lie on the floor and people would just step over them, not noticing, not caring. who carries their cold...
    hjsco96 hjsco96 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 13

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    i swore off giving to the homeless when i gave all my change to a guy and he pulled out a cell phone to complain to a friend that there were pennies mixed in with the other coins...
    trailsonrails trailsonrails 51-55, M 1 Response Mar 8

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    Last year I visited a city where I noticed a higher than usual amount of homeless people seemed to have a dog with them. Somehow seeing these folk sharing the little that they...
    2BlossomBlue 2BlossomBlue 51-55, F 2 Responses Mar 6

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    A lot of people end up sleeping rough. I'm not into being judgmental about this . I think that every town should have a shelter were people can go for a night or to. In...
    Homejames Homejames 46-50, M 2 Responses Mar 15

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    I am now a 26 year old female, blessed to be the mother of three beautiful intelligent girls. However, with my first I was a teen mother, I became pregnant and gave birth at the...
    jessiibabii89 jessiibabii89 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    It’s been over nine years since I was kidnapped and turned into a pet. After I opened up to my first wife on Halloween she told me it might help me to right down everything that...
    PrinceBloodlust PrinceBloodlust 18-21, M 7 hrs ago

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    He had never left his ex, I had no idea. I loved him so much. We just fell apart I thought after I got pregnant. We lived together and he just stopped... everything. I thought it...
    Missed515 Missed515 31-35, F 8 hrs ago

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    For those who are from Washington DC & Baltimore, I need your insight!!! I was told the other day, that Baltimore is considered "straight ghetto", while DC is considered...
    NaomiSoulJourney NaomiSoulJourney 31-35, F 1 hr ago

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    When I was about 13 a "friend" would spend the night. He was older than me. We would talk and one night he started talking about sex. He asked me if I *********** and I said yes...
    jw97005 jw97005 56-60, M 9 hrs ago

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    Thinking about death and life every night. side by side life and death. My insomnia is really horrible. I stop taking meds at this moment,and i've been taking counseling. sorry i...
    Juri0902 Juri0902 31-35, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I was supposed to go out tonight on a date with a guy I really like. I haven't seen him for a while and I was really looking forward to it. I'm crying because I'm so upset that I...
    paliglass paliglass 31-35, F 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    I went to a good school called Mawson High and started Year 8 in 1981. It was a rule that all us boys had to shower naked together after sport or PE. I was the shy person, and...
    teknikingman teknikingman 46-50, M 1 hr ago

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    I was shocked to realize that I don't know true devotion. It hit me like a freight train today. In my 50+ years, I have had 4 serious, committed relationships. In every one; at...
    Bfinally Bfinally 51-55, M 41 mins ago

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    It doesn't happen often, but I remember one time I was blocked because the other person "wasn't allowed to talk to people from other countries". Think they were in the 26-30 age...
    GracefullyFaceless GracefullyFaceless 22-25, F 39 mins ago

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    I was molested by older guys in the cinema
    mathstrainer mathstrainer 61-65, M 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    As a kid I was always up to something or other, but normally the only person in any danger was me, and more specifically, if you've read any of my posts on the subject, it was my...
    Mick672 Mick672 41-45, M 2 Responses Mar 17

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    I fell in love at first sight 8 years ago and every year after that until now has been affected by that. We met in college as he was preparing to graduate in a year and I was just...