What do I do if I am homeless and have no job or car?

Updated on : December 3, 2021 by Gage Lucas



What do I do if I am homeless and have no job or car?

That largely depends on where you live, what your life is like, and what gender you are.

The first suggestion I have is that you keep your time homeless as short as possible. Most homeless people who live on the streets for more than six months tend to make the lifestyle permanent and find it difficult to return. In addition, many of the services offered are available as an "emergency" and will not be available if you are chronically homeless.

Most cities in the US have some kind of helpline like 211. Call and ask what emergency or temporary homeless programs are available. Many cities will put p

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That largely depends on where you live, what your life is like, and what gender you are.

The first suggestion I have is that you keep your time homeless as short as possible. Most homeless people who live on the streets for more than six months tend to make the lifestyle permanent and find it difficult to return. In addition, many of the services offered are available as an "emergency" and will not be available if you are chronically homeless.

Most cities in the US have some kind of helpline like 211. Call and ask what emergency or temporary homeless programs are available. Many cities will house people in a low-level hotel for a few weeks and offer assistance in finding employment, food, and other services.

Call the human services department. If you are unemployed, you qualify for food stamps / snap, medicaid, and in some cases, cash assistance for families. Take advantage of these resources to help you as you look for work.

Shelters are designed to serve the chronically homeless population and often meet basic needs. If you can avoid shelters by taking advantage of other services, do so. Enter the shelters with an open mind. Take whatever they offer you. In our area, the local shelter offers a year-long discipleship program designed to lead people to stable lives. This may be too slow for someone temporarily homeless and requires adherence to a religion.

Of course, a lot of this depends on your life and situation. Women tend to have more resources offered, especially if they have children. Many programs will only help women, even if a family is homeless together or separated. Homelessness tends to be more dangerous for women, so the extra help is often justified.

Many people who are chronically homeless suffer from mental illness or are addicted to drugs. If you fall into any of the categories, there are services available for your specific problem. Unfortunately, there are more programs to help addicts than the mentally ill. Teen Challenge is a great example of a free recovery program. This is not just for teens, but it serves people up to 30 years old.

Many of the services offered to the homeless are operated by Christian organizations. Some only offer shelter, clothing, food, or showers. Others want you to attend worship services as part of the program. Attending worship will go a long way in gaining trust, and building a relationship can provide you with services that are not offered to everyone.

Remember there are many people seeking help and many people seeking many free things with no real motivation to change their lives. For those who give their lives to help the homeless, this can be exhausting. The general rule is that "donors should have limits because recipients don't." Be respectful, build a relationship with those who give, and don't demand anything. If they say “no,” accept it nicely.

Voluntary. Just because you are not working does not mean that you should not work. Often times, volunteer work can lead to job opportunities or at least experience for a resume. You also tend to earn respect, which can go a long way.

Keep clean It makes things much more difficult if you are dirty. Employers don't even look at a dirty person. This can be quite a challenge for a homeless person.

If there are few jobs available in your area, consider moving to another area. Find areas with low unemployment and go there. It may be hotter in Bakersfield California, but the unemployment rate is terrible and services are overwhelmed. However, Sioux Falls, SD has a very low unemployment rate and services are more readily available. Get a bus ticket and go where you have the best opportunity to do so.

Keep a positive mind. Do not give up. Find friends. Pray.

I live in a warehouse in downtown Denver. The immediate area I live in is an interesting mix of commercial and industrial development, one-story brick boxes that appear lifeless from the outside pitted against by giant arrays of metal tanks and pipes leading to and fro, steam and noise. Clear reverberated mechanical in man-made, man-made din. There is a marijuana growing operation here and a food processing plant there. The streets surrounding where I sleep at night are largely devoid of foot traffic, and after dark it can be a place where little chills run down your spine. The R

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I live in a warehouse in downtown Denver. The immediate area I live in is an interesting mix of commercial and industrial development, one-story brick boxes that appear lifeless from the outside pitted against by giant arrays of metal tanks and pipes leading to and fro, steam and noise. Clear reverberated mechanical in man-made, man-made din. There is a marijuana growing operation here and a food processing plant there. The streets surrounding where I sleep at night are largely devoid of foot traffic, and after dark it can be a place where little chills run down your spine. There are many places one can imagine others lurking. It is a sterile and impersonal place; where stopping to ask for help would not cross the mind. It's winter now and trucks and cars are blowing white clouds as they wait for the traffic light to change. The sky is gray and the temperature is the same. A man pushes a shopping cart full of his belongings; the remains of a metal filing cabinet, loose drawers, a greasy electric starter, cardboard, styrofoam coffee cups, a pair of scissors and several kitchen knives (one peeling and one boning), plastic bags and containers, books by Lee Child and James Paterson, Cosmopolitan and People magazine issues, wrinkled and torn clothing, assorted blankets, a bicycle chain, empty water bottles, fast food containers, a teddy bear missing an eye , several worn pillows, a one-man tent ... neatly folded, a couple of sleeping bags and some plastic garbage bags securely secured with bailing wire. There are two five gallon buckets secured to the sides of the cart, one containing a mix of nuts and bolts, cotter pins, washers, and insulated wire, the contents of the other bucket unknown as the lid is attached with a carrying strap . The man appears intensely concerned, as if he is preparing a speech or other presentation. He speaks in a low voice and from time to time seems to get angry. The lower jaw is struck with the fist. Or maybe you are angry at your audience. The tone of his statement turns dark and sinister. Use your hands to bring your point home. Suddenly he stops and looks at me. He seems surprised that I've been eavesdropping and I'm more than a little embarrassed. He looks past me, over my shoulder and gestures for me to look too. I turn around and see nothing. I widen my field of vision. Any. I look back and he is pushing his shopping cart. Reprimanding people for their anger, he is now passive, then angry, now passive again. I am part of the community here. People on the street, from whom I am a step away, move restlessly.

While I was homeless, they taught me where to go to find the best food and what time was ideal to enter the Human Services building on 12th Street; be sure to ask for Rosie. They instructed me on topics as varied as who could put him to work for a few hours to where were the best places to sleep undisturbed. I was helped with gifts of money and necessities by people who had very little to give. They treated me as a person with needs and desires beyond the physical; companionship, support, soundboard, soap box. We met on the spot. Dirty fingernails, stained coats and scarves, flushed face and wrinkled skin - signs of death.

Some are beyond hope of returning. They were all-in. The fear in the eyes like a beaten dog, servile and servile, slaves of some unknown past trauma. Others were completely without the ability to socialize, dodging, crawling like hitherto invisible and unseen creatures, wrapped in torn and hole-filled covers, snatching an offering without eye contact, quickly moving the prize to a personal safe place and then sneaking away, mentally, emotionally and spiritually bankrupt.

Billboards are ubiquitous. Homeless, hungry, please help, God bless. Homeless mother, homeless vet, homeless father needs money for a motel room for the family. Out of work, stuck in Denver, he needs bus fare to Oklahoma. Why lie, I need a drink. Please help, God bless you. Some put on a show. A guitarist sings for his dinner and another man pays him to stop. An artist dances for her audience; a degradation, promoted by his benefactors. Laughter and disgust permeate the air, reeking. Others go deeper into the underbelly of the street, trading bodies and fluids for drugs or a warm bed.

The age of a person living this life is difficult to measure. The weather and poor diet, constant stress and alcohol combine to turn a fresh-faced young man into a gargoyle of his old self. The eyes sink back into their sockets, red and puffy from lack of sleep. The skin becomes like the loose skin of an animal, worn and leathery. The skin often clings to the frame, as the muscle tissue underneath dissipates, leaving a haggard, hunched, and twisted wreck.

Single single women are at great risk. The risk surrounding single single mothers is greater in magnitude. How a particular mother of two, living in a car, can move around from day to day, caring, to the best of her ability, the lives of her children is beyond my ability to comprehend. The children go to school. They eat three meals a day. They are socialized. When talking to children, deep shame is evident, understandably. They act like they are not homeless, just living here until they can go back to where they used to live, before long. If the mother is helping with this story line, I couldn't find any fault. Bring hope to a seemingly hopeless situation. The oldest boy, a boy maybe seven years old, He seems to know the true nature of his situation and my heart aches for him. He tries his best with stiff lips to keep a positive attitude and I marvel at his ability. He is a champion and one day he will do very well.

I have lived in Denver my entire life and for eighteen months I was homeless on the streets. While eighteen months seems like a short time, it was the longest eighteen months of my life. Living without a home is a lonely, challenging, depressing, hopeful, vital, and obscene existence. It is tailor-made for those with the white-knuckled ability to grab onto desperately, stumble, bend, stand up, and hide. It is deep and meaningful in a way that I have never dreamed possible. It is terribly degrading and brings out the worst in many of us. Homelessness allows its practitioners to realize a dignity that seems, at first glance, artificial or forced. Homelessness attracts contempt and contempt, ridicule and outrage.

Your question implies that you may be looking forward to becoming homeless, as if it were a possibility you see on the horizon. Depending on how long until the horizon is reached, consider whether you can build and expand your current social network: friends, coworkers, family, distant, near and distant relatives. If not already, would you consider becoming a member of a church? There is a God. He loves you and wants to help those in need, those who call to him. ** I also assume that you don't have a drug problem or any major problem, like getting along with others. If anything i

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Your question implies that you may be looking forward to becoming homeless, as if it were a possibility you see on the horizon. Depending on how long until the horizon is reached, consider whether you can build and expand your current social network: friends, coworkers, family, distant, near and distant relatives. If not already, would you consider becoming a member of a church? There is a God. He loves you and wants to help those in need, those who call to him. ** I also assume that you don't have a drug problem or any major problem, like getting along with others. If something like this is a problem, seek advice, because drugs and antisocial behavior will help hasten the loss of a job, etc.

So build that network now, now, so you have some resources / people to turn to if you find yourself with your back to the wall. Of course, be genuine and sincere.

  • ** 15 Bible Verses to Trust God in Hard Times - RachelWojo.com

Try going to a shelter in the big city (preferably one near the city center, not that they really have one in the suburbs or in rural areas). That way you can be very close to places in metro areas that are hiring and don't really need a car to get around. You can also have access to public transportation to and from work, something you rarely see in the suburbs or rural areas. In fact, if you know that you are about to become homeless, try to get a job beforehand and that way if the day comes, you already have a job.

Take it from a guy who's been homeless across America for over 30 years, INVEST in a nice SMALL camo tent, a nice modern WINTER-type sleeping bag, and find out a way to SAFE and CAREFULLY STORE your stuff so you don't. you have to take them with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ... The greatest danger of your survival kit being stolen is from OTHER BUMS !! Avoid the drama, and AVOID OTHER homeless people who use drugs OR alcohol like the plague! Keep your MIND alert and look for HIDDEN places to camp where you will never be found, especially by cops or other homeless people! That is the BEST advice you can get from some

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Take it from a guy who's been homeless across America for over 30 years, INVEST in a nice SMALL camo tent, a nice modern WINTER-type sleeping bag, and find out a way to SAFE and CAREFULLY STORE your stuff so you don't. you have to take them with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ... The greatest danger of your survival kit being stolen is from OTHER BUMS !! Avoid the drama, and AVOID OTHER homeless people who use drugs OR alcohol like the plague! Keep your MIND alert and look for HIDDEN places to camp where you will never be found, especially by cops or other homeless people! That is the BEST advice you can get from someone with EXTREME experience in this… I hope you listen to me!

What culture! Now I had no idea that homelessness was an option to plan ahead. I guess I've been a desperate optimist for most of my life. I STILL consider THAT to be an extreme last minute crisis consideration. Only after your plan A, B, C and D have failed. Concentrate and focus on those right now. If you focus on failure, you may well succeed! And yes, my prejudice has manifested itself. Homelessness in my world is a flop at launch. Something is not right. Or it doesn't work. Especially in one of the richest nations in the world. If you can't go HERE, you can't go ANYWHERE! (Well,

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What culture! Now I had no idea that homelessness was an option to plan ahead. I guess I've been a desperate optimist for most of my life. I STILL consider THAT to be an extreme last minute crisis consideration. Only after your plan A, B, C and D have failed. Concentrate and focus on those right now. If you focus on failure, you may well succeed! And yes, my prejudice has manifested itself. Homelessness in my world is a flop at launch. Something is not right. Or it doesn't work. Especially in one of the richest nations in the world. If you can't go HERE, you can't go ANYWHERE! (Well maybe in Haiti)

Just say.

Yesterday is gone and no longer exists, tomorrow has not yet arrived. So all we have is this moment. Not really. Not anymore. That has also happened. But you understand the essence -

There is no what if. Tomorrow brings another day when your life can completely change. Positively or negatively. It is useless to worry about that. As you never know what could happen. A brick can fall on your head, you might be invited to join the Kardashian clan, or you could win $ 1 million. So don't stress over what happens, unless it's a desired outcome, as what you focus on you will too.

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Yesterday is gone and no longer exists, tomorrow has not yet arrived. So all we have is this moment. Not really. Not anymore. That has also happened. But you understand the essence -

There is no what if. Tomorrow brings another day when your life can completely change. Positively or negatively. It is useless to worry about that. As you never know what could happen. A brick can fall on your head, you might be invited to join the Kardashian clan, or you could win $ 1 million. So do not stress about what happens, unless it is a desired result, as what you focus on you will also attract. Towards your future. That is why my self-talk usually goes something like this: “hush! Not true, now how can I solve this? Bam. You focus on a solution and then you find a solution. Consciously and unconsciously. The universe is your eternal companion. It will start to work for you, without your knowledge. And suddenly there are opportunities, people, information. Everything to appease you. Isn't that special? So pay attention and know that you are not alone.

Good luck

Learn how to survive, how to camp, fish, and hunt for your food. If you've never been outside, ask someone you know; has been Outdoor to teach you some basic survival skills. Once you start learning; then it will slowly recover. It will take time, but you will learn a lot over the years. You will acquire something that will save your life and you will not forget them either.

I followed this question and it's actually what I'm going through now. I have it worse because I have a felony and a misdemeanor. That is why I know that most of them are stupid. I don't blame anyone for my perception. I know life is screwed up because I'm among the inconsiderate.

The government doesn't really have to know anything.

I am currently homeless. I have handled winter and summer. I woke up sweating from the heat, woke up to break chunks of ice, and then went back to sleep so I could work.
I work almost every day. Unfortunately, I got stuck in one of the richest counties in the nation. Here it is expensive and living abroad is also expensive.
Let's call myself an expert on this, since this time it's been about nine months. . I did it as a child many times before, and again as an adult. I haven't seen a good answer yet, so here I go.
Poverty is a relative term. In some countries, the poverty level is d

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I am currently homeless. I have handled winter and summer. I woke up sweating from the heat, woke up to break chunks of ice, and then went back to sleep so I could work.
I work almost every day. Unfortunately, I got stuck in one of the richest counties in the nation. Here it is expensive and living abroad is also expensive.
Let's call myself an expert on this, since this time it's been about nine months. . I did it as a child many times before, and again as an adult. I haven't seen a good answer yet, so here I go.
Poverty is a relative term. In some countries, the poverty level is working well in another country.
A home is a relatively safe place to sleep and store your belongings. I know a guy who lives in his car and surfs on the couch. I know people who live in tents or build huts. . These are low-cost forms of shelter. A local shopkeeper I know is a great cook, he uses propane
. I know an old woman, I do gardening and repair work for her.
Now he lets me sleep on his nice covered porch. Staying dry is helpful.
Point: friends can be critical to survival. I went from introvert to extrovert quickly when I landed outside. I have friends who let me do my laundry and shower. Now this is what happens.

I won't tell you how to get out, you'll find out.
I'll tell you how to rock it and get you on your way.

1- money. I use a temp agency for now. I also work on computers, do side jobs, and look for garbage. Whatever job you get, strive for excellence. It's working for me. Several large companies are about to be in a bidding war for my work, because I am a beast. Work will be your savior and your happy place if you have the right mindset.
So first, find a temporary workplace and be friendly with people in general. You will get money and a support system.
Looking for your great. A lady I recently met went diving in a dumpster with me. Your idea. Get me a backpack. There are people who make a living from recycling. Drinks throw a lot of cans.
Some outreach centers and charities distribute free clothing. It is generally known as a free closet. Don't be ashamed of soup kitchens and food pantries, either.

2: Avoid environmental hazards.
In the winter I try to stay dry, not to die. In summer, hydration is key. Getting soaked still sucks, but it's not usually deadly. Get a place to sleep out of the weather. .tent, cantilever, car, whatever.

3: Don't get stuck. Temporary work can keep you from going broke, but unless it leads to a hire, it's not forever.
Don't get too comfortable in the shelter you are using. I know people who have spent more than a decade in a tent. Got to where they don't want anymore.

4: Don't be lazy or whiny.
Blast your butt in everything you do. If you are really hungry, for food or for life, you will do your best.
Emotions exist, but they are not good tools for solving problems. Your feelings are yours, you decide that you think about one thing, therefore, you feel how you want.
Getting upset because a boss talks to you a little badly doesn't pay you, and despair won't help you stay alive. .
Contact me for specific details if necessary.

Written on the phone I bought after a 73 hour work week.

It's difficult but not impossible. I know people who were national on-air presenters for major news organizations who were homeless for a month or more. They would crash on a friend's couches, in his car, and stay at a hotel once a week to do laundry and get a good night's sleep. I know doctors, lawyers, professional athletes who are homeless or have been homeless while working professional jobs full time. They slept in their cars, or in their office, or on the gym mats.

So the short answer is, do what you have to do.

First rule of the homeless but employed: cleanliness. Get a

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It's difficult but not impossible. I know people who were national on-air presenters for major news organizations who were homeless for a month or more. They would crash on a friend's couches, in his car, and stay at a hotel once a week to do laundry and get a good night's sleep. I know doctors, lawyers, professional athletes who are homeless or have been homeless while working professional jobs full time. They slept in their cars, or in their office, or on the gym mats.

So the short answer is, do what you have to do.

First rule of the homeless but employed: cleanliness. Take a shower, wash your clothes (I washed mine in the sinks of the service stations' bathrooms when I didn't have money for a laundry). Keep your hygiene above all else. Smelling bad or weird will get you reported to Human Resources, who will then want to know why you are not showering. Avoid embarrassment. ALWAYS stay clean and never pass up an opportunity to take a shower, even if you just took it four hours ago. You never know when the next one will be. Join a gym if you have to. Planet Fitness has a $ 10 a month membership and is open 24/7. KEEP CLEAN, SMELL CLEAN. If your clothes are wrinkled, that's fine, as long as they are clean.

Second rule of homelessness: secrecy and secrecy. DO NOT tell anyone you are homeless unless you have to. No matter how good friends they may seem, everything changes the moment you tell them about your life situation. IF you work for Camping World, this is 200 times more true. Try to buy a truck and live in it instead of a shelter or on the streets. Buy the cheapest vehicle you can afford and save for a better one. Try not to park or crash near your work. If you can, get a job that has perks like showers for your employees. You can shower in the morning, tell people who ask you that you ran or cycled to work. If you don't mind it, they won't. If they persist, ask them why they care so much, Are you writing a book? And ignore them.

Homelessness Rule 3: Learn how to manage your money so you can buy a car and then get an apartment. If you live in a place where the rents are outrageous, move to a place where they are not. Save your money to help you for 30 days or so until you can get a job. Money management, or mismanagement, is one of the main causes of homelessness. Stop making bad financial decisions. If you can't figure it out on your own, find someone who can explain it to you, preferably a bank official (Woodforest National Bank t Walmart has an online learning center and the folks at my Woodforest bank are amazing at explaining my options.)

Fourth rule of homelessness: homelessness is WHERE you are, NOT WHO you are. Never forget this. It is just a problem on the road of life. It will get better and worse. The only constant about homelessness is that it changes. Have faith and hope that it will get better, and it will.

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