What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you have no job, no income, and next month’s rent is due? What if there are no more valuables to sell and no one will loan you money? These are questions that Americans have to face as the economy is at stand still. A study from The National Alliance to End Homelessness states that about 671,859 people experience homelessness on any given night in the U.S. (endhomelessness.org). That number is big as the city population of Baltimore.
After watching the Oprah show “American War Heroes: Why are These Women Now Homeless” a woman on the show was living out of a rental car for $10 a day. If you are afraid of being the next homeless victim you can start with dosomething.org where they have a list of shelters in your area with locations and phone numbers. It is quite scary to be a woman and have to live in a shelter or on the streets. Some people will live in their car. It is great for transportation to find a job and good for living temporarily.
If you live in your car a few good places to park for a night are:
A 24 hr Wal-Mart (but only for a night)
In the early 90’s labeling nice looking families or the suburban female as homeless was taboo. More and more people have to face being homeless as resources can be limited. Times are tough and people who have worked may feel too much pride to reach out and ask for help. The disabled may be waiting for Social Security to be approved and it could take months or years to get money. Because homelessness is temporary, it would be best to come up with goals to get back on your feet. People too often let their pride overpower the ability to care for a better future when times are hard. There are places available out there for people who need assistance that you may have contributed to or are welcomed to in your city.
If you need to take a shower a few good places are:
Gas Stations (near greyhound stops)
Some people are homeless because they have trouble getting along with people, it’s hard to get and keep a job, eviction, or feel that the current lifestyle is overwhelming. The new face of a homeless person is not an old dirty bum picking in the garbage or the “drunk man” talking to himself. Although these stereotypes of homeless still exist, there are more and more youthful, clean, healthy homeless people in the U.S.
If you know you’re a good person a few more resources to help are:
Church – food, shelter, clothes, religious service
Temporary Agencies – Day Labor, Kelly Services, etc.
Donating Blood – Cash for donating blood
United Way – More Resources
Homeless Shelters – homeless shelters in the U.S.