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Person Shares 21 Tips On How To Prepare For Being Homeless In America
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Person Shares 21 Tips On How To Prepare For Being Homeless In America

567,715 people, which makes seventeen out of every 10,000, had experienced homelessness on a typical night in January 2019, according to HUD’s Annual Point-in-Time Count. The number makes up more residents than some rural states.

Meanwhile, a recent study showed that pandemic-induced crises in the economy, unemployment, and housing market could lead to a 45% spike in overall homelessness within 1 year. Living without a home is now a real threat to many Americans, and as hard as it is to talk about this problem, one person stood up and shared practical tips on surviving homelessness.

“I cannot tell you how it hurts me to have to write this,” the man who has lived without shelter and had to car camp at some point in his life said in the honest post on Imgur. He then proceeded to list all the know-how useful for anyone who may ever find themselves in this stressful situation.

In these critical times, homelessness is becoming a real threat to many Americans

Image credits: Hayne Palmour IV/The San Diego Union-Tribune (not the actual photo)

The former homeless person shared practical tips on how to live without a home in this honest post

HUD’s Point in Time (PIT) count is the most widely used measure to identify the number of homeless people in the US. However, it’s believed that the PIT count’s number of 567,715, referring to the homeless people on a single night in January, doesn’t represent the whole picture.

First of all, The National Coalition for the Homeless points out that the PIT count doesn’t count individuals who became homeless recently and who are staying in supportive housing. According to Bloomberg CityLab, this population added up to 503,473 in 2017 and pushed the total count of homeless people in the US above 1 million.

Secondly, PIT Count takes place in January, which is believed to suppress the results, because people deliberately use any sources they can to find shelter during the coldest months of the year.

And thirdly, PIT Count doesn’t account for people who are in constant danger of losing any shelter as they rely on friends, relatives, sleeping in cars, and the good will of others.

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's quite sad the people in one of the richest countries in the world need to have a guide for homelessness. People in those "shithole socialist" countries do not have these worries. The US should look at Finland and learn that homelessness can be solved.

Hans
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In fact, they need a guide how not too starve. This is outrageous!

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giovanna
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What seems like a total lack of a welfare state in the USA keeps astonishing me. This not how a first world country should look like.

Liz the Wanderer
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Most of us agree. But we are ruled by the greedy rich, who only care about profit. It's sickening. This greed is what got us tRump.

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R L
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just reading the first few pieces of advise make the homeless in America sound really well off. In SA it means washing in a river, looking for scraps in a dustbin and begging on street corners. Forget thinking of a cellphone, gym or a car. Huge difference between 1st and 3rd world issues.

Jerry Mathers
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not really. While I acknowledge that there is huge divide between 1st and 3rd world problems, when you are homeless America is the worst place to be. Everything here costs $. In SA, there are places to park or live, here everything is owned by someone. In general, in SA you have more people that are poor, so they can empathize with your situation. Here you get branded as lazy or choosing to be homeless you can live off the system. There is a widely held (false) belief that you can eat well, live in a free apartment, have all of your utilities and medical needs taken care of just by holding out your hand. Also I have found that the help people are willing to give is inversely proportional to how much they have. It must be an empathy thing. Without money, the average American doesn't see you as a person but rather as something that is taking from them. Truth is being poor sucks for anyone anywhere. And I know if I'm hungry, I'd rather not have a pile of fatties looking down their noses

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's quite sad the people in one of the richest countries in the world need to have a guide for homelessness. People in those "shithole socialist" countries do not have these worries. The US should look at Finland and learn that homelessness can be solved.

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In fact, they need a guide how not too starve. This is outrageous!

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giovanna
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What seems like a total lack of a welfare state in the USA keeps astonishing me. This not how a first world country should look like.

Liz the Wanderer
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Most of us agree. But we are ruled by the greedy rich, who only care about profit. It's sickening. This greed is what got us tRump.

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R L
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just reading the first few pieces of advise make the homeless in America sound really well off. In SA it means washing in a river, looking for scraps in a dustbin and begging on street corners. Forget thinking of a cellphone, gym or a car. Huge difference between 1st and 3rd world issues.

Jerry Mathers
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not really. While I acknowledge that there is huge divide between 1st and 3rd world problems, when you are homeless America is the worst place to be. Everything here costs $. In SA, there are places to park or live, here everything is owned by someone. In general, in SA you have more people that are poor, so they can empathize with your situation. Here you get branded as lazy or choosing to be homeless you can live off the system. There is a widely held (false) belief that you can eat well, live in a free apartment, have all of your utilities and medical needs taken care of just by holding out your hand. Also I have found that the help people are willing to give is inversely proportional to how much they have. It must be an empathy thing. Without money, the average American doesn't see you as a person but rather as something that is taking from them. Truth is being poor sucks for anyone anywhere. And I know if I'm hungry, I'd rather not have a pile of fatties looking down their noses

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