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A few small actions are what it takes to go from living a normal life to being homeless. People online shared their stories about how they once became homeless and their responses will shock you.
“…landlord. Boiler exploded in the basement, she refused to fix it, city came and tagged the house as uninhabitable due to lack of heat source (it was in Nov. 2012 in Michigan), my son and I were left homeless with whatever we could carry in a matter of hours.”
“I had no respect so my mom gave me a choice. I chose to leave, and was homeless at 16 having the time of my life, it lasted 8 months and I experienced a whole life during that time. Seen a lot. Did even more.”
“The 2008 recession. I was a roofer back in those days, and it absolutely killed the construction business in Ga. Every crew I knew of went out of business.”
Getting Kicked Out
“Parents kicking me out and not having a job yet. Got a job, found a room and ended up on disability. Was doomed before they kicked me out I guess. Now I live on my sisters couch.”
“When I was around six, I was homeless for a while, and I lived in a shelter downtown in my city. The reason I was homeless was a mix of the fact that my mom didn’t have a job because she was taking care of me and my brother and my sister and my stepfather Also didn’t have a job, all he had was government checks because he was a veteran.”
“Moved out at 18 because my home life was very troubled, moved in with some friends, the living situation fell apart because of factors outside of my control, they all had families to fall back on, I did not. It was a very difficult time in my life, but a long time ago now.”
Difficulty Being Disabled
“I have narcolepsy so it’s nearly impossible to work, a ton of homeless people are disabled and it’s really difficult to get approved for disability.”
“Toxic family and needing to save up before I could actually get a place.”
“Laziness. I was couch surfing for a bit. Didn’t have a job. Just sat around the park all day playing my guitar. That was about 22 years ago now.”
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
Someone mentioned being forced to defend himself physically from his wife. Unfortunately, this ended up costing his house and going to jail.
“The divorce took nearly four years but I was able to move back into my house.”
A user reported having issues with *****. This meant having no consistent income and eventually being unable to pay their living expenses.
“Ended up getting evicted and living out of my pickup truck. I was still working at the time. I kept it secret from coworkers and family(I don’t live in the same place as my parents). I told my ex wife because I couldn’t very well bring the kids over to my place for the weekend.”
Never Be Too Quick To Judge
It’s easy to look at homeless people on the street and judge them for their current situation. However, we don’t know how they ended up there.
Do you know anyone who’s gone homeless?
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