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I Was Homeless

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 105 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 3 Responses Apr 25

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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

    I was homeless as a teenager. I has abusive parents and an abusive foster home. When I was 15 I ran away and lived on the streets. I was stupid enough to believe that I was "free...
    KnaveOfClubs KnaveOfClubs 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 10

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    I was homeless at the age of 26. And I won't lie I was determined to end my life upon winding up homeless. My life was monotonous and tedious. Boring jobs, no friends, no family...
    lon3lygam3r lon3lygam3r 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 14

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    This happened this winter. He stopped in at the bar and sat next to me to escape the cold. A homeless Vietnam veteran, all he wanted to do was get warm and couldn't care less...
    NoVADad703 NoVADad703 31-35, M Jun 23

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    When I was a little girl my mother would take me to the city. I was always excited to go with her. However things would change when I witnessed a homeless man asking for spare...
    Liv4Life Liv4Life 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 28

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    Some. Not all. Me ans my last lover were saving to join this evil club me belongs to. We went to quartzsite arizona to meet representatives. Homeless all over. Me...
    converted converted 46-50, M 1 Response Jun 28

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    I live in Green Bay WI. The police are horrible to the homeless. They treat them like dirt. They arrest them on charges that are false. They even gave a ticket to a homeless...
    BibleThumper BibleThumper 26-30, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I was in New York once and a homeless man came up to me to ask if I would donate any money to him. You could see that he was a little shy because of the rejection he must have had...
    Untamablespark Untamablespark 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 25

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    I was actually homeless when I was 4 years old and I remember it was really scary and cold at night. It's so hard and for whatever reason people treat you like a monster when the...
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 22-25, F Jun 28

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    I once gave a homeless person 5 dollars.
    Ter4Doll Ter4Doll 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 25

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    My dad gave a homeless person 100,000$ for a house
    Midnightthetimberwolf Midnightthetimberwolf 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 25

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    I became homeless in 2003 after my ex gf took off with all the money in our joint account. Technically, my account, but I added her as a secondary. She took off with 70,000 dollars...
    rayfiersa rayfiersa 36-40, M Jun 27

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    😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇 O GOD, Almighty and merciful, who heals those that are broken in heart, and turns the sadness of the sorrowful to joy; Let your...
    rahifsaad rahifsaad 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 5

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    Hi. I Am a 48 year old woman in a bad situation. I have been independent and hard working my entire life, until I was injured, TBI (traumatic brain injury), 2.5 years ago. My...
    GoodIntentionGirl GoodIntentionGirl 46-50 1 Response Jul 12

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    in 6 months. I will have no income and my savings will be gone. I have applied to all kinds of jobs. I will lose my apartment. I will have to give my 2 cat's up for adoption...
    absolom absolom 36-40 4 Responses Jul 14

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    He was over 40. It was past his time
    idontknowhyimhereyo idontknowhyimhereyo 31-35, M 1 hr ago

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    I was at work earlier and had asked for a sign that things were going to be okay.All through out the day I had seen 444,which spiritually means thousands of angels are around you...
    erickalove erickalove 26-30, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    is it normal for parents to spank teens until they are 18 or 19? please be honest. my parents are very religious and spank us bare (or totally naked...) very hard in front of each...
    valbunny valbunny 13-15, F 7 Responses 1 hr ago

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    a couple of years ago a guy woulnt leave me alone online. then he hacked my laptop somehow and found some things id not want anyone to know. then he set up loads of fake profiles...
    lamaragymnast lamaragymnast 22-25, F 1 hr ago

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    I wish I was everything you deserved everything you wanted. I'm insecure, I'm a mess, I'm constantly afraid that you will leave me for someone better. I don't like these fears, but...
    FeelingAmazingRightNow FeelingAmazingRightNow 13-15, M 28 mins ago

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    I am a mature individual. I have transitioned through menopause and because in my early career I was focused on my profession, my own development, my own achievement, I put off...
    ginger1979 ginger1979 41-45, F Jun 23

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    IM REG WATSON I created well known Australian soaps like Neighbours, prisoner cell block h, country practice and the Sullivans and Sons and daughters. The first soap I ever...
    regwatson regwatson 61-65, M Jun 23

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    My age was thirteen. I was out with friends, my boyfriend, and their boyfriends. In together there was probably about ten of us. My friend Joy had a boyfriend named Martin. While...
    Blondie6556 Blondie6556 22-25, F 10 Responses Jun 23

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    SLUMBER PARTY My sister was having a sleepover once and she invited 3 of her friends. I stayed up in my room the whole time because I did not want to be a part of it. At some...
    somedewd somedewd 22-25, M 4 Responses Jun 24

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    I was in a relationship for 4 years. We first started seeing each other when I was 17 he was 21. I thought he was my everything. In the beginning he was sweet and very devoted to...
    oceanicdreamer oceanicdreamer 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 24

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    I feel silly being the first person to write about this but here it goes. I had been dating a guy for about three years when we decided to get married. We were still young early...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 24

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    I was lost and alone in a bad city. It was almost dark and I had no money, car, or phone. Just like a movie, when I opened the bank's door to withdraw money, it was locked and a...
    HopeRefugeShelter HopeRefugeShelter 22-25, F Jun 24

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    My last spanking at 16. Well, I was 16 years old. I went over to one of my friend's house. We went out for a party, then after the party, we had gone to the shops, to shoplift...
    tr111 tr111 41-45, F 3 Responses Jun 24

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