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I Was Homeless

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 Aug 15

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I use to be homeless when I was younger. Is it weird that I actually enjoyed being homeless? First time I was homeless, I had a job, went to school, and went to therapy. I...
    strawberry99 strawberry99 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 17

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    Keep in mind that I was always one of those girls that never understood why women stay in abusive relationships. I was a broken child. Acted out, drugs, sex basically whatever I...
    mmememe mmememe 22-25, F Aug 26

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    We dont have many homeless people in our country, but i know that they are in other countries. So while i cry here, how awful my life is, i feel like im a selfish peace of crap! I...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35, F 4 days ago

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    Not all homeless live on the street. Many live with someone else. In their living room. That's why I have such a huge passion for working with the homeless.
    Jackiebh Jackiebh 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 24

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    I'm homeless still happy just traveling but need money bad for a place to live... I had stuff stolen from me I'm kinda worried about
    shitfaced77 shitfaced77 18-21, M 1 Response a week ago

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    When I was 4 the people I grew up with and I lived in their car for some time. I can remember it being cold, there was snow on the trees and it was dark We had our clothes in the...
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 22-25, F Aug 17

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    I was living in my girlfriend's mother's trailer with five other people. We were living off disability, an were lucky if we had enough money to go to the Dollar Store once a week...
    MCAMemberJazz MCAMemberJazz 18-21, M Aug 26

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    I've never really had a home. When I was little I lived with abusive people who raised me like I was there own, but who abused me and made me a slave. I had to leave because many...
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 22-25, F Sep 7

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    Today I went for a walk with my nephew in my apartments. When we sat on a bench, a woman approached us which I assumed lived here in my apartment complex. Turns out she told me...
    honestyreality honestyreality 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 22

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    Is this that one who said make money in usa and keep it and dont help fix anything unless you toss left overs out in the trash for homeless beggars to find ????
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M Aug 27

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    it's me again i have already posted about my long distance relationship. well i met the guy in june and i was so disappointed , he wasn't the same guy i was talking to. The first...
    lamentonnaise lamentonnaise 18-21, F 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    When I was 14 I had been put on a work experience project by the school. I was working for two weeks in a hotel. The manager there was in his mid 20's and after the placement was...
    monstahmash monstahmash 22-25, F 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    I went to a small private school. My class only had about 20 kids and 8 of them were guys. I remember I was in the sixth grade and I had a new kid in my class. He was nice and...
    Justanothergirl2000 Justanothergirl2000 13-15, F 3 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I had just gotten done scrubbing our downstairs white tiled floor. I had a tiny section left and he was helping a little bit here and there, etc. We started having a convo about...
    vonbender2010 vonbender2010 22-25, F 1 Response 16 hrs ago

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    2 weeks ago, my mother had went on holiday with her boyfriend. So I had to stay at my cousins for a whole 2 weeks, everything was normal there until I overheard my cousin (15) on...
    Anddyyy Anddyyy 16-17, M 8 hrs ago

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    I was at Penn Station, New York City waiting for my friend to arrive on an Amtrak train from Philadelphia. Hanging out at TGI Fridays on the LIRR level I ordered a double Jack neat...
    obroin obroin 51-55, M 6 hrs ago

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    I have been with my husband 20 years, married for sixteen with a teenager in the house. Two years ago, his mistress called my home and told me all the details of their sordid four...
    Notstrongenough64 Notstrongenough64 46-50, F 6 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    I was in a long term relentionship with a woman who would belittle, degrade and humiliate me on a daily basis. She withheld affection from me and made me feel unworthy of her time...
    slj2014 slj2014 36-40, F 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    I'm unsure whether I was molested or whether it was 2 kids exploring each other? I was about 7 and my friend was a year older, she would often ask me to play doctors and nurses...
    Josephabi Josephabi 26-30, F 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    I have been growing up with my cousins. Actually we were living at a same place for a long time. I have a big brother (cousin). He is about 8 years older than me. Being the eldest...
    Lolime Lolime 22-25, F 21 hrs ago

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    From age 12 I was punished with the belt when I was naughty, I got it very hard and usually had tears. I hated getting it. Looking back my beltings did me a lot of good. My...
    Bill266 Bill266 31-35, M 9 Responses 19 hrs ago

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    I was not born into refuge, I was born into sorrow, confusion and good intentions with a strand of hope. This makes me the human I am today. Good or bad? That is up to me to...
    ashless ashless 22-25, F 13 hrs ago

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    When I was born, my parents were too busy for me. They were never home and I lived with a nanny who was more interested in Soap Operas than in the child in her care. One of my...
    msharleenquinzel msharleenquinzel 18-21, F 1 Response 26 mins ago

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    tonight :-( omg it was sooo scary.
    princessrora princessrora 18-21, F 5 Responses 23 hrs ago

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    Yes by older girls was wrong
    yummys yummys 41-45, M 21 hrs ago

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    After he chose to be with her and we moved on our separate ways, he is back again. Begging to take ma back. He finally left her. For the past 3 weeks my phone was full of calls...
    AtPeaceEros AtPeaceEros 31-35, F 4 Responses 14 hrs ago