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I Was Homeless

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Aug 15

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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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    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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    Time for my most recent story.

    I have always felt something in my heart that kept me from feeling wanted by everyone...I feel like maybe something is wrong with me...but that was until I learned how cruel people are today. This happened on March 23....I at the time was with my abusive mom and little abusive...
    Sakura1567 Sakura1567 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 25

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Today, I helped a homeless young man with his precious dog, outside near a Safeway Store store.I gave him some money. Went to Safeway, brought him sandwiches, vita drinks. Got dog...
    DiscoNight1970s DiscoNight1970s 46-50, F Sep 23

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    Obviously, I am too trusting. I realize now that I have been the OW more than once...I just never got so deeply involved with any of the others, and with two of them, I didn't even...
    dropdeadredhead dropdeadredhead 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 3

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    Yes indeed, I help a homeless late teen or young man today. I brought him sandwiches, some healthy foods & vita drinks. His adorable dog, brought dog foods & bottled water drinks...
    DiscoNight1970s DiscoNight1970s 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 23

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    My Husband decided to move us clear across the country from Pennsylvania to Texas for a wonderful co management position and then he left us.. He left us homeless no money food and...
    shyjuanita shyjuanita 36-40 1 Response Oct 3

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    Im still homeless and still trying to find my child daniel lee heller who is a boy and my son. Im still looking for his father daniel lester.
    AppleCherry2013 AppleCherry2013 22-25, F Oct 6

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    Homeless- "Without a home" well then :|
    NormalTeenGirl NormalTeenGirl 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    As a child I was sexually abused by my father it went on for year I was eight when it first happened nine when I ended it first I really didn't know what was going on he would call...
    Somechick47 Somechick47 18-21, F 5 Responses Sep 23

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    Was living at the Salvation Army, paying rent while working for them. Got Tylenol with codeine unknowingly from the emergency room for a sprained ankle. This broke the no narcotic...
    maggiejoe91 maggiejoe91 61-65 2 Responses Sep 30

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    All my life I was slowly losing my mind. It was because I was tortured as a child. Then the panic attacks. The nightmares. They gave me medication and that made it worse. So...
    SorrowofHeart SorrowofHeart 51-55, F 1 Response Oct 7

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    Lost my family, my friend took me in. We were inseparable for 6 months until he discovered his sister was in love with me. His problem was i loved her back, even before we became...
    poopmasterDP poopmasterDP 22-25, M Oct 12

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    I'm a girl, 20, living in the EU, ex-eastern bloc. All my life I was told I had great potential so I went to the hardest high-school and made it. I enrolled in Uni but things got...
    mrnobody234 mrnobody234 18-21, F Sep 29

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    It's dawned to me that money really means nothing, tons of people talk about it like it's the most amazing cherishing thing in the world. I don't want to be homeless or starving...
    Summersee Summersee 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 8

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    If anything went wrong for me or any member of my family. My mother blamed me, she said I was idle and selfish every day. My father shamed me, telling me I was like a pig and...
    dispossessed dispossessed 46-50, F 13 hrs ago

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    I was molested four times in my life and these are all from men who were supposed to be Christian.One of them was the husband of my supervisor. He used to teach Bible Study from...
    Outofeden Outofeden 31-35, F 43 mins ago

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    The only contact I have received from him several weeks ago was asking me not to respond to any contact from his wife. I respected his wishes when she contacted me and said that...
    Asheera123 Asheera123 41-45, F 2 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    I went and saw that new Dracula movie last night.... IT WAS ******* AWESOME!! I wish I was a vampire.... Why am I just your average mortal? I have to say that it was the first...
    veeshybi veeshybi 22-25, F 2 hrs ago

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    My stupid psychological nasty abusive mother came to me in my room and said how she could be charged with man slaughter and neglect for me staying in my room. Oh. Is that what it...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 70+, F 2 Responses 13 hrs ago

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    I like to sleep in my underwear, so this led to an embarrassing moment one morning. I slept a little late, it felt good and I felt refreshed. I toss the covers off of me, and go...
    GothPolkaDot GothPolkaDot 18-21, F 4 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    Last night was so weird...like OMG I dreamt I was having s*x with my ex... We were like.. Sitting in his huge chair playing videos games together and I lost and I acted sad, and...
    MaciP MaciP 16-17, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    I went to the dentist to remove my wisdom teeth. He shot me with anasthetia and then my tongue and lips felt numb, Lol.You can see me smilling with needle in my hand. That was so...
    yesilovethis yesilovethis 22-25, M 11 hrs ago

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    (When I tell my life stories, I will try to do so detached; so that no emotional biases will direct my writing. I do this so I can help others who might be reading this. And I...
    rainbowcity rainbowcity 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 21

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    I am dealing with a panic disorder with agoraphobia, depression and seizures and was currently discharged from the military. I developed all of this when I was admitted in a...
    Liddoturrboo Liddoturrboo 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 21

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    The first time I got the belt, I was 8, almost 9. Behind my house was a river and we had been told time and time again not to go down to the river. Well I went with some of the...
    tiffyof6andtwins tiffyof6andtwins 41-45, F 8 Responses Sep 21

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    Ok get this my worst experience ever . so i was always a little curious when it came to women then one i was in my moms room she downstairs and i said i would take a shower. So...
    georgeuzimaki georgeuzimaki 13-15 2 Responses Sep 21

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    I was dating this guy who had a really bad temper. Sometimes he was fine, others times, he was in a bad mood. The first time, he went off on me in a public, after a minor...
    caramelcuteness caramelcuteness 26-30, F Sep 22