Have you ever been homeless?

@suedarr (2382)
Canada
February 7, 2007 10:38am CST
Or do you know someone who has? I have always had a roof over my head, but my hubby was homeless for a brief period in his late teens. Not by choice, but through the death of his parent. When I see people on the street, obviously without a home I often wonder what circumstances in life brought them to being homeless........
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@PoeTalker (715)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I have never been homeless but my boyfriend has lived out of his car for a few days. I don't think it's fair the way that money works in this world. The government doesn't really help people as much as they should.
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
I too believe that our governments should take more responsibility in helping it's citizens. Thank you!
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@peni88 (469)
• United States
10 Feb 07
i agree with this cooment to a degree. i dont think that the govornment has to completely take care of the person. its up to the person who has to take the inititive to make their own life better. but the govornment could help make that happen.
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@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
7 Feb 07
I don't think people realize how easy it is to become homeless. If a big financial emergency comes up and drains all your funds and should you fall behind on all your bills, it is very easy to fall into that trap.
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
That is a good point. If you go through a sudden job loss and you have no one you can depend on for help it could be quite devastating.
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@rainbow (6763)
7 Feb 07
It must have been a scary time for your other half! I have never been homeless and since I had my boys itt is one of the things that scares me most. I do buy homeless people a drink and a sandwich etc if I have any spare cash but we don't really get many round here, well not sat on the street anyway.
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
From what he tells me it was very scary, and he is a big man. I think it would be terrifying for a woman. ... :(
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• United States
7 Feb 07
I worked with women for 2 years in a homeless shelter. I taught a weekly Bible study. All had been abused and 70% had addiction issues, a few were mentally ill. It was all sad and broke my heart. Most grew up without a good support system and that is what they need, people who care. But if they have addiction issues that has to be dealt with, some choose not to. I have a real heart for those who struggle.
@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
I think that it is wonderful that you have been able to work helping others in need. Thank you for sharing your insight as to why some people end up on the streets.
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@peni88 (469)
• United States
7 Feb 07
i have been homeless. i wasnt as homeless as the people you see on the street but it could have been me at one point. i was on the streets due to financial circumstances. i had a new baby and had just lost my job. and just got out of an abusive relationship with my daughters father. its very scarey. especially with a baby. thank god it didnt last long. iknow that alot of the homeless people i see in my area are in the same situation i was in, but alot of them choose to stay that way. its really sad.
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
I agree, it is very sad, and why I often wonder what must life have been like for them before.
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@chiyosan (29438)
• Philippines
10 Feb 07
no. but maybe close, we have to move to one room which we can afford. that was when i was in college.. almost no money for transportaion.. it was really hard me having to walk too much daily. haha
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@CatEyes (2449)
• United States
10 Feb 07
No, not realy. I have moved around a lot, and even lived with my inlaws, but always had a roof over my head. I know of people who have been and i feel for them. I never let a friend or even those I do not get along with live on the street. Growing up we always took in people and with a large family consisting of 7 kids and two parents, plus more it was crowded, but ok. There was always around 13 people in the house on average.
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