Homeless

@dawnald (84147)
Shingle Springs, California
September 7, 2015 1:15pm CST
A friend of mine is homeless. Technically she has been for over a year, but she's been crashing at another friend's place. That other friend was forced to sell her home (it was her mother's, and her brother was forcing her to sell because he wanted his money). Well, the house sold, and the friend and her husband and son moved into an apartment. My friend is temporarily squatting there, but the buyer is showing up tomorrow, so she has to be out today. She doesn't want to go back to her family in LA because they will be all in her business. She has a beau in Canada, but the relationship is too new, and she didn't have time to save up for a passport. So she's got this cockamamie scheme to hang out at Kinko's and McDonald's, use their free wifi to earn money online, and occasionally use the money for a hotel room. I bought her dinner, gave her my last $12, and told her to call me if things went south and she wanted me to put her on a bus. Have you ever been homeless?
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@kayshope (1286)
• Thermal, California
8 Sep 15
wow bet homeless is tough.. I knew a few people in las vegas that were. i always felt sorry for them. id give them few bucks, cloths and food when i could. But i would have them sleep in my home. i wish the governments would try and do more for the us homeless problem. God bless you for what you did for them.
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Sep 15
I wish the government would do more too, but there is such an attitude in this country that people got their because of their own bad decisions and they should just deal with it.
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@kayshope (1286)
• Thermal, California
8 Sep 15
@dawnald I agrree makes o sence we send billions to other countries to help them. And so many here need that help as well.. sad to me...
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Sep 15
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• United States
7 Sep 15
Yes I have. She might have to do some things she does not want to, for instance going to her family. It is possible to be places in the daytime, but even then, you have to move on. Or the police will move you on. Hard to be literally on the street. Though it is possible but not safe.
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Sep 15
All the police do is move the problem on to another location, and yet there are so many studies that show that giving people housing and training and jobs ends up costing us so much less.
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• United States
7 Sep 15
@dawnald Homelessness is one of the biggest crisis..too bad it cant be solved with housing yes. But that might make too much sense.
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Sep 15
@TiarasOceanView Well, not just housing, but that would be a start. I know a lot of homeless people are working, but housing is too expense, or they're mentally ill, and there are no facilities, or they're addicts and need treatment.
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@yukimori (9047)
• United States
7 Sep 15
Yeah, we were. We were lucky enough to be able to stay with a friend until we got our tax refund that year, and we used it to put the deposit on the apartment we're currently in. We're still not on our feet like I'd like us to be, what with dealing with my health issues, but we're a lot closer than we were. Maybe your friend should look into work from home opportunities from companies rather than just "making money online." I've heard that a company called Lionbridge is pretty good, although I don't have any personal experience with it. Is there anything that's preventing her from getting a "real" job aside from being homeless? She might be better off getting into a shelter and saving up to move to a place where the cost of living is lower.
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Sep 15
She can't stand for long periods, so that rules out restaurant and retail. Her only other issue would be transportation. Not many office jobs up where she was living.
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• United States
8 Sep 15
Yuki I agree with your counsel I pray the homeless will utilize what is available.
@1wldngl (3991)
• United States
8 Sep 15
I haven't, thank God, but I can empathize. It must be frightening not to know where you will be laying down your head at night.
@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Sep 15
Yeah, no kidding.
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