If you had no place to live, what would you do?

@Citychic (4073)
United States
August 8, 2009 2:54pm CST
Hey friends, many of us never really think about it but the sad facts are that most Americans are only one or two paychecks away from poverty. So my question is this, if something where to happen where you no longer had a job or a place to live, what would you do. I pray that this would never happen but one just never knows. So tell me what would you do if you were all of a sudden out on the streets with nowhere to go? Happy mylot!
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15 responses
• United States
9 Aug 09
I guess you really can't say what you would do unless you were in that particular situation. But I imagine I would call some close friends and family and ask for help. I wouldn't be too proud to do just that, especially with my three young children. And yes, if I had too, I would go to a shelter until I got on my feet enough to get a place of my own. And there is always the government to fall back on. I mean, why not? We pay our tax money to help those who need it, so why can't we let the government return the favor. But just until I can help myself.
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• United States
8 Aug 09
This pretty much has happened to me. I went to my church and they let me stay in an old office upstairs. It was dark because there were no windows, but at least it was dry. It wasn't for too long.. at least it cut out a lot of time getting ready for church on Sunday mornings! :) It was difficult since there was no laundry or shower, but I had the whole church kitchen to cook in!
• United States
8 Aug 09
I would spend my days reading in the library (winter), going to free shows at the park, enjoying the beach (summer), my mornings would be at the temp agency, my afternoons at the pool (they have a shower). Musicians do well at Pike Place Market. I'd brush up on my singing/guitar or violin. I am not sure where I would sleep, but I bet I would learn quickly where the shelters are. I have a car, so if I didn't lose that, I'd sleep in it if I couldn't get a place at a shelter. I'd still attend church. I don't think I would dig through garbage cans, but if you get hungry enough you never know what you will do. I could see myself holding a sign saying "I would take your leftovers" but that would get me booted off the lot. I guess I would lose some weight lol. I am a pretty happy-go-lucky person though, and I always have faith in providence. I am content no matter where I am, but I do have a hard time dealing with the cold. I suppose migrating to a warmer climate would be up for consideration.
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@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
9 Aug 09
To tell you the truth, I have given this a lot of thought because of my money situation and I don't know what I would do. I'm sure I've told you this before but I get SSI once a month and my sister and her husband are helping me out. If it weren't for them, I don't know what I would do. I still live in the house I grew up in and I'm just so thankful for that. One of my biggest fears is to end up being homeless or the bag lady and I don't want that to happen. Kathy.
@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
9 Aug 09
My sister and her husband aren't going to help me out forever. In a way, it's kind of an insult to me because I like being independent. I'm looking for a good work at home job ( not a business but a job) that will help supplement my SSI check. I just hope I can find one. Kathy.
• United States
21 Aug 09
That's a sad thought. If I don't have a home anymore, I guess I would just grab a backpack of my clothes and sleep at the subway station. Maybe one night it's the subway station, one night is a park bench and one night could be the beach. I could wash up at restaurant bathrooms and buy fast food for a couple of bucks. It doesn't sound that bad when I'm just thinking about it.It's probably a lot harder if it actually happens
• United States
21 Aug 09
Depends on how badly off I was. If I was out to long and it became almost hopeless, well, there is more than one way to make money off the streets. And I've known people who have done things like that (and some who still do)
@thokius (426)
• Austria
9 Aug 09
Hello Citychic, I would just try to find money in the most unexpected places it would be. You never know where you could find a friend or an ally. A lot of people would be glad to welcome you to there homes. I would try to find some of them and help them in some way. For example if they were farmers I would help them with there patches. After that I would just hope they would let me stay for a few days. Have a nice day! And I hope this never happens to anyone... Thok
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
It had came to my life that I have no place to live. A family that I don't know has accepted me to their home and when I got a job in 2 weeks, I thanked them and left their home. When it happened to me again a few years ago, I decided to stay for the mean time in my friend's home. If have no friends and nowhere to go, maybe I would go to the Salvation Army or at the YWCA to stay since I look younger than my age.
• Malaysia
9 Aug 09
i never thought of this. i think if this situation happen, then i will pack and go back to my hometown. Stay together with my parents. They got a house there, and the living expenses are much more cheaper.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
8 Aug 09
I would probably ask my best friend to let me store anything important in his garage and then I'd go to the homeless shelter and hope I got in. Otherwise I'd be out on the street with the rest of the homeless people that don't get a bed for the night. I'd probably go hang out around Denny's because it's open all night so if there was any trouble I could hopefully get help :)
• United States
8 Aug 09
Well if it came down to me not having a job or any place to live, I'd probably ask around to friends if there was a chance that I could stay with them for a week or so until I could get situated in my current life situation. I would be looking for a job of some sort the entire time, even if it were nothing but odd jobs, such as babysitting, dog walking, whatever I had to do to earn money so I could live as well as I could until something better came along. If it really came down to it though, I'd probably live in my car for awhile.
• United States
8 Aug 09
if i had no place to live i would go to my moms house and ask her if i could stay with her. my older sister older than 25 stays with us so why couldn't i. and then if she says no i would go to my dad then to my 3 best friends house and if no one wants me i might get upset and do something bad to myself or i might just stay in a homless shelter.
• United States
8 Aug 09
My boyfriend and I have been living with eachother for 4 months... He was a police officer so he was making pritty good mony.. we bought a dodge truck, payments 253 a month.. renting a nice house for 800 a month and had just traded in one of our cars for a dodge durango but still owed 2,000 on it. Couple weeks latter.. he was forced to quit his job as a resolt of acuisations from his exwife. The house is propain and it needs filled... we are barly making it. We will have to use my college money for the durango. neither of us have a job now so I am trying my hardest to make money by selling hay for a local farmer while he trys to find a job. We have a 10 month old little boy... he has a different dad that doesnt pay child support. Everything is tight and it seams like we are never going to get out of this rut. Idk what we would do if we lost the house. We're trying our best to manage our money by just doing the necesities. Goodness it's stressfull.
@Hatley (164354)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Aug 09
this is all too close to me and very painful for me because my 'son lost his job and we went broke, we were homeless until my son got me into this senior center and himself into what 'is called transeasonal housing,he is in a two bedroom apt with three other jobless men. its not the ideal but it gives him A chance to hunt for work, and I am safe at 82. I would rather be back in an apartment but things happened and happened swiftly broke and evicted and homeless. bitter happenings.thank God for mysocial security check and myssi check that pay for me being here.you are so right while americans sneer at the homeless they are only A paycheck or two from disaster themselves, and it does happen.
@hsofyan (3448)
• Jakarta, Indonesia
8 Aug 09
I experienced this when my 11 years of age. During the year I become domestic workers. So I am not confused about where to live. After that I lived in the house of my friend, in turns. Until finally I work, and have a place to stay.