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I Was Homeless

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 a week ago

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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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    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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    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 2 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 16-17, M Aug 5, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 5 days ago

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    I was abandoned by my new husband in the summer of 2010. We were traveling in my Toyota Dolphin through the Arizona desert. We stopped at a rest stop and I asked him if he would...
    SorrowofHeart SorrowofHeart 51-55, F a week ago

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    I filed bankruptcy last week. I have about four more months left of my rental lease and then I won't have any place to live. I can't afford to stay where I'm at I'm struggling to...
    Abbygirl123 Abbygirl123 41-45, F Aug 2

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    I am a 25 year old single mother of 3 children under the age of 7. I have a low paying part time job (the first one i've been able to find in 3 years) and my own vehicle. We lost...
    KayCoffie25 KayCoffie25 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 28

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    I have not lost hope. I will find work soon. I will get back on top. Being homeless does not define me. I will not be defeated.
    MissinMySon MissinMySon 36-40, M 3 Responses Jul 29

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    Damn! Whoever said that life improves by adaption doesn’t know what they are talking about. We all risk falling into the abyss. I have been sleeping in my car for 5 days - but I...
    TheSteps TheSteps 41-45, M 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 5 days ago

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    Was but not anymore my adopted parents are now homeless and I'm now back at the orphanage again. Life is hard on me right now but I just have to be strong for overs.
    sliverwolfbec sliverwolfbec 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 28

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    A lady today was outside of a store today. She had a stroller with a child. She was Indian I think. She asked for money. I gave her what I had. But I wished everyone could be able...
    asherjoh asherjoh 36-40, M Aug 6

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    i am homless since i was 11
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 8

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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 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    Freddieqk2494 Freddieqk2494 31-35, M 1 Response 19 mins ago

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    I don't know if writing about it is going to make me feel better or not, but here goes nothing anyways. Just a few days ago, summer school ended. We were amazingly happy about...
    KatieRosess KatieRosess 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 24

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    I was drawing Tuesday night.. And I was listening to music I do that so I don't get scared. I used to be afraid to go in my own room. me and Jake used to sleep with dad every...
    KovusShame KovusShame 13-15, F Jul 24

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    I was the mistress to a 47yr man for over a year. I call it being a mistress now because of how things ended, but let me take you back to when I moved mountains for this man...
    rosylovecheeks rosylovecheeks 26-30 6 Responses Jul 29

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    There's these woods behind my house we moved in when I was going into 6th grade, my old neighbors had moved into the same neighborhood a year before us, I would go over there and...
    JezebelWhitman JezebelWhitman 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 30

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    Cuffed and detained during the holiday season. I wasn't really caught in the act of crossdressing but I was caught with the clothes for crossdressing. I actually had told this...
    banannasplitz09 banannasplitz09 22-25, M 3 Responses Jul 31

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    Hello, my name is Ashley and I was molested by my own cousin. This is my story.... It happened to me from age 10-13. My cousin was 17-20. I believe. I was innocent. He...
    Ashley1778 Ashley1778 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 4

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    Addiction to on line games and worlds is a concern of mine, since I've faced it repeatedly and I've seen it so much over the years. It's sad and we need help. If you are facing...
    DarkwingGoslyn DarkwingGoslyn 31-35 Aug 9

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    I met him online and he was the most charming person in the world. Was so interested in what i was like my thoughts, goals, philosophies on life. And so sweet. But somewhere it...
    Confused4959 Confused4959 22-25, F Aug 12

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    I had recently gotten out of a three year relationship when I met my current husband. He was an old friend, well liked by a lot of people. I thought I knew him. We wound up...
    breakingout2014 breakingout2014 26-30, F Aug 14

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    The fight I have been in a few fights, and even put some kids in the ER, but they were never my fault. I was always taught to defend myself and even took karate for a year. The...
    Piglover102 Piglover102 22-25, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Hello, my name is Diane and I am a junior at Rutgers. After the recent news concerning Mike Brown/Ferguson and police brutality, and reading about the protests occurring in NJ, I...
    deekayyy deekayyy 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    Before, i was unable to tell this story. It was very hard. The only way i have managed to come through in speaking of it was to talk to a friend about it, then soon another friend...
    iris801 iris801 16-17, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    My first kiss was for a play so it was scripted and I knew where to stand, but it was terrifying because it was in front of the entire audience and I was freaking out. I didn't...
    maddiegraddie maddiegraddie 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    Best thing to EVER happen to me!- At age 9 I failed a math quiz and feared the beating I would get at home. My mother didn't spank. She beat me with a belt all over my body and...
    Selah94 Selah94 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 23