I'm officially homeless

United States
April 26, 2007 11:10pm CST
Have any of you ever been homeless? Even for a short while in your lives? We had a fire which took everything, so we're being put up in a hotel by the Red Cross. We only have three days left to track down an apartment or house to rent, but things look good at the moment..so I'm hope'n. I'll just try not to expect anything. We might be living on Elm's street! (None of us can resist how funny that is..any of you who're familiar with the Nightmare on Elm's Street movies know why) We lost all my schoolwork (we were previously homeschooled) in the fire, so I'm probably going to public school in the fall. Oh joy. Yeah..this is why I haven't been terribly active for the last few days.. Anyway, if you experienced a similiar situation what did you do? Did anyone help you get back on your feet? Thanks in advance.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
27 Apr 07
OMG that's terrible...No thank goodness I never been homeless not even for awhile but there were episodes in my life that almost made my mom and I homeless..and that was the over population cat problem my mom had created and we were threatened with eviction and had we been evicted in all likelihood we would have been homeless--I'm here in NYC where rent is ridiculous..most often $1,000 for a studio apt...now since my mom and I had lived in this apt for so long and it was rent-controlled we weren't paying much, also because the rent became frozen due to my mom being a senior citizen--so like there was no way we could afford to move...so like I said the possibility had existed that we would have been homeless or at least me...--my mom might have wound up in a nursing home, but me??? So you better believe we fought the eviction mainly as I was able to solve the problem of so many cats and placed all but two (which we were allowed) with rescuers...But the stress of the reality at that time that we could have been homeless was a nightmare and stressful beyond belief. And to have everything gone..Everything...but I understand..cause my mom and I came very very close to losing everything also
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@shannon76 (1234)
• United States
27 Apr 07
My parents house burnt down a year ago. They lost everything just like you. My father was hurt in the fire and was in the hospital for two weeks after the fire and my lived with me during that time. AFter that, their home owners insurance paid for a hotel then they found a rental home and then finally a few months later found another house to buy. But it sucks - they lost 36+ years of stuff. They lost all of my childhood pictures, memoribilia, their wedding stuff... The list is endless of what they lost. But the most important thing to remember is that they are alive. Just like you are alive and I pray that the only thing your family lost was the house and the items in it. It's hard to go through that - I know. But keep in mind that even though you might have lost material items, you can replace them. You can make new memories.
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@saujanya (34)
• India
27 Apr 07
im really sorry abt that..ope u are doin fine now..i knw u must be tired of listenin 2 stay calm..take it easy kinda words but then..i guess u shud realize ur responsibilities and act matured in doin the best 2 support ur family..luck and prayers...:)
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• United States
28 Apr 07
Hah. Well, typically I'm more mature than my parents..and I suppose that also says something..typically I take my responsibilities very seriously. Putting them before everything else. Though..there really is no 'everything else' right now, so that kinda simplifies everything, but yeah..
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• India
29 Apr 07
hmm..thanks for the response..im nt sure abt ur reply though...guess what i wantd 2 write did turn up differentli..never mind...take care...gud that ur takn it easy...hope u hav all the luck..even mine..:)
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• United States
27 Apr 07
As all this is hard to deal with. It is very nice to hear your under control. Being homeless and sleeping on the street is different. You have the means to get a new apartment. Your home is gone along with all your stuff. The blessing is your life was spared. You also have a roof over your head to rest and bathe. Thanks god for all you do have. I am very happy your family is doing better. I have been homeless to where I was sleeping in my car. It was like 100 degrees in Miami. I had no money for even gas to use the A/C. What money I did have I had to send to my daughter. Pay my gym membership,and save for a security and rent deposit. When the gym was open. This is where I would bathe and rest for some A/c. And soothe those mosquito bites I got in my car. With out my membership I would not have had a shower. God bless your family in that hotel. Good luck to you in the fall beginning school. You may be meeting some new friends.
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@sensesfail (2251)
• India
27 Apr 07
hey i'm really sorry for what has happened over the past few days.I never saw this post otherwise i would've responded to it earlier.What caused the fire and your house and farm,is it all gone? I know the word sorry wouldn't mean to you much right now but I'm really sorry about the whole thing. Aww..thats the reason behind the whole worldnyd idea huh? I just hope and pray that everything turns on good over time.Any help from my side,please let me know.I would be more than happy to do so.God bless.
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• United States
28 Apr 07
Nope it's not the inspiration for WorldNyd, I started that before the fire happened..which is kinda inconvenient but says something, I guess. Yes, everything is ashes. The fire got hot enough it incinerated even most of the metal.
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• India
28 Apr 07
hey are the cats and the rabbits safe?
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• India
28 Apr 07
I'm sorry for that too.But aren't sad or atleast angry for what has happened and feel like you need answers to why all this has happened?
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
28 Apr 07
I am so sorry to hear about this. I hope that nobody was hurt, no pets lost. Things can be replaced after all. take care of yourself & good luck
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
28 Apr 07
Hobo, the GREAT - Hobo, a face so ugly it was cute!
I'm sorry to hear about your rabbit. And your cat, burns are HORRIBLE about getting infected. So long as its just his over lids he should be fine. I had a cat that had paralisis on one side of his face & he couldn't close that eyelid, but his inner lid worked & so his eye was safe.
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• United States
28 Apr 07
I'm pretty sure the infection is just in the eyelid not the eye itself. 'Cause they were open til yesterday..his eyes looked as pretty as always. Thanks for responding, that does make me feel better..*has been worry'n about him*
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1 May 07
Thank goodness you are ok and were not injured in the fire. It must have been a dreadful experience for you hun, and to lose so much too. I have been homeless for a couple of weeks, living on a friends couch with nothing but a bag of clothes. I was lucky as I had friends to help me but it took a while to find a place to live, one I could afford to rent. Fortunately I was able to get help from the local authority and they found me a small flat.
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@arcadian (931)
• United States
2 May 07
I'm glad you were able to get something for yourself Recycledgoth- and sorry to hear what you've been going through. Friends are such a miracle aren't they?Well, in love and light, I send up some poer for your safety and security and the sanctuary of your own place.
@arcadian (931)
• United States
7 May 07
poer- that would be power had anyone capable typed it. augh
@scammerwear (1433)
• Singapore
27 Apr 07
:( hope you and your family are ok xParanoiax, what happened actually? I fortunate to always have somewhere to return to up till now. The only times I felt homeless was when I'm in the middle of a jungle during army exercises. You don't have a family member named Freddy do you?
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• United States
28 Apr 07
We may never really know. The carport next to the trailer caught first, then the trailer itself..then the remnants of our old house which had halfway burned back in 2004 or so. There's really nothing left. I'm glad you've never been homeless or nearly so, it's not fun heh. And no I don't that I'm aware of, heh.
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• Singapore
28 Apr 07
Best of luck with everything gal, I'm not sure how I can help so this is what I'll do for you. GANBATTE YO~!
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
27 Apr 07
Im so sorry to hear this. And I hope you will get back on your feet real soon. Hey dont ever give up hope. Thats very important always stay positive. Ive heard of people whe were homeless and yes they got back on their feet again. Hang in there sweetie and please keep us informed. Remember positive.
• United States
28 Apr 07
I'll try. Thanks for responding.
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@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
27 Apr 07
I never experienced this. My prayers go out to you and your family. Be strong! Are you getting help from anyone? Red Cross? Welfare?
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• United States
28 Apr 07
Yes we are, there's my Mother's friends..and the people they've talked to. And at Dad's work they've set up a donation thing for us, just a little jar at the front desk..but we got a thousand dollar check from someone because of that jar today..which still leaves me speechless. That will seriously help. Not welfare, or insurance though.. the local clothing bank is gathering furniture and stuff for our new place, so it is looking good right now.
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@rudz006 (209)
• Malaysia
27 Apr 07
I never experience it but my advise is why dont homeless people try to stay in the prayers place like mosque for a while,before find place to sleep.That is why we must prepare the money for the future.
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• United States
28 Apr 07
Uh..not very much here in the U.S. that I'm aware of. Churches are rarely open except predetermined hours and then they lock them up. No visitors. To my own experience..anyway, I think we've got ourselves a place now. So we'll be okay. I think.
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• Canada
30 Apr 07
Hi Paranoia, I am so sorry to hear about the situation you are in. Elm Street, be careful you don't run into Freddy hehe. You may really like Public School, or you may not it's hard to say. I enjoyed it, that is where I met a lot of people I am still friends with to this day! That is very understandable that you haven't been here on mylot all that much. My heart and thoughts are with you and your family. Good Luck, and best wishes my friend.
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@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Been there, done that! I lost my home in 2004 when we got hit by a hurricane (Charly)and if that wasnt enough got hit again in just a few days and this one destroyed my car. Lucky my son had a jeep to put what we could in it and wait for fema to get enough to get into a motel. I had enough money to start over from a surf site I had joined earlier. 12 Daily pro.... Thank God for that. But I did spend 7 months in a trailer that smelled so bad it made me sick and it leaked. No heat when it got cold, no air conditioner when it got hot.. But I did have internet connection and I surfed every day. When we did find a place it took everything I had made to buy furniture and all the other stuff you need to live. Hang in there honey things may look bad but be thankful for what you have. Once you have reached the bottom theres no place else to go but up.
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@hcromer (2712)
• United States
28 Apr 07
I've never been homeless to the point of having to live in a homeless shelter or anything like that, but I did get evicted from my apartment and didn't have anywhere else to go so I had to move in with my boy friend's mother which is practically the same thing. I'm still working on getting myself back on my feet.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
28 Apr 07
We had a fire with lots of smoke and water damage. We were offically homeless and were lucky enough to have a friend who had a couple of extra rooms and we could stay with them. We had to fight with the Insurance Co to pay them something for letting us live with hem for 4 months. They would pay a motel up to $125 a day but finally settled for around 40 dollars a day for our friends. You sound like you will not let this ruin your life. I caught the humor - we got to the point that sometimes wh had to laugh at things to keep from crying. The importan thing is that you and your family are safe. Everything else can be put back together.
@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
28 Apr 07
Sorry to hear that your family has gone through this. I've never been in a similar situation, but I wish you all good thoughts for finding a new home and getting your lives back to what you're used to. :)
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• United States
28 Apr 07
Oh wow, I'm so sorry to hear this happened to you guys. I know that has to be tough. My best friend's house burned down and they ended up staying with her grandmother for a while and then her parents bought a 30 foot camper for the three of them to live in. They lived in that thing for five months before they were able to take the insurance money and get a double wide in place of the old house after it was torn down. I thought my friend was going to go nuts. Life got back to normal for them though, but it was definitely a rough experience for them.
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@gemini1960 (1162)
• Philippines
27 Apr 07
thats sad having lost all properties due to some fire! no i havent experience that, but i have seen people in our place homeless due to that fire, here in our country the local govt., helped those people , by giving money to start at least on their life not necessary a home but money to feed themselves just for a brief period of time .
• Canada
27 Apr 07
Oh my god, I'm so sorry! Thats terrible! I haven't personally ever been homeless, but last December, I watched as the apartment building across from ours burnt to the ground, leaving over 100 people with nowhere to go. It was a very scary, sobering experience, even more so when I discovered that roughly 75% of people living in that building didn't have renters insurance. The apartment building that we live in had a few empty apartments and so some of the residents from the other building moved into ours. The building managers were excellent at getting things sorted for them. No matter what though, always remember that you made it out safe and alive and that you still have each other. Things are looking good home wise and I have my fingers crossed for you guys. Take each day as it comes, try not to expect too much, and before you know it, you'll be back on your feet. Take care.
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
27 Apr 07
You poor thing. I'm sorry for what you're going through even though I've never been in your position. Don't expect anything from anyone, because the best help for your situation is going to come from your own efforts. It's easy to feel so down that you don't feel you can deal with things, but you will find more strength in yourself than you ever knew you had. Go to the library and look online for places that offer assistance in your area. There might be resources out there that you haven't heard about. Networking with other people is another great help. It cheers you up and makes you feel better even if they just spend time with you.
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