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gay support groups. Homeless?

  1. brimancandy profile image80
    brimancandyposted 5 years ago

    Does anyone know if there are any support groups for gays and lesbians that might help gay men with housing assistance?

    I have been out of work for a while, but, recently started a job that isn't giving me any hours, so I am not making enough money to live on. I lost my apartment and my partner and I have had to move in with my brother. He is very close to kicking us out, even though we are trying very hard to help him with his bills.

    I have heard that there are some gay groups in the larger cities that offer help for homeless gay men, but, doubt there is anything in my area. If we do get kicked out of my brothers house, my partner and I will have to split after being together over 20 years. He might go live with his sister, and I'll go live with my mom. I don't like the idea, but, it that is what has to be done...I guess it's all I have. Still trying to get another job, but, without a place to live, the job is going to be kind of pointless.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image59
      couturepopcafeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Two men can't find jobs?  You can deliver pizza, try for a holiday job in retail, everyone is hiring there.  Do it while you're still at you're brother's.  Seriously.  I delivered pizza at night for a while.  It's fast paced but you can make some money.

      1. brimancandy profile image80
        brimancandyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I actually worked in a Pizza establishment for 6 years, I also applied to work at Papa Johns, but have not heard back from them. I also have dozens of job applications at businesses all over the city, and currently work for Forge Temp service, but I am being sent to jobs where there is no work. I worked 1 day in 2 weeks.

        My partner will be 60 in November and has a heart condition. He gets a small pension from his former employer plus foodstamps. I am assuming that you are working. It is always those who already have a job who think it is so easy to go out and get one....not taking into fact that there are millions of people out of work. Over 100,000 in my city alone.

        I have only been out of my apartment since August. I worked full time for 20 years, and made $13.85 an hour at a job I had for 15 years up until 2009. Just another victim of employers firing long term employees to replace them with minimum wage part time employees....That's the ones that haven't closed shop and ran down to Mexico to work people for $2.00 a day. I have a job, just not making enough money.

        1. couturepopcafe profile image59
          couturepopcafeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Sorry I gave you the wrong impression.  I don't have a job either.  Mine just ended in August.  What really amazes me, though, is the quickness by yourself and Hollie to judge me.  Whatever.  Good fortune to you.  Just don't stop trying to find resources to help you.  The unemployment office always has that big book of jobs.

          1. Hollie Thomas profile image62
            Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Sorry, I apologise. I misunderstood what you were saying. sad

          2. brimancandy profile image80
            brimancandyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            The unemployment office in my area does not have a book of jobs, if they do have one, they are very good at hiding it, and never offered it to me. But, that is useful information. And I am not judging you, just stating facts. Thanks for responding.

    2. Repairguy47 profile image61
      Repairguy47posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Why does it have to be a gay or lesbian organization that helps? Would you accept help from any organization or do you think they wouldn't help because of your sexual orientation? Just curious, good luck.

      1. brimancandy profile image80
        brimancandyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        There is a good answer for that. I have tried all the other supposed help orginizations, and they have offered me nothing. 211 is supposed to be the best, and they were the most rude people I have ever encountered. They told me that I did not make enough money to get housing help. I also was turned down for not having children or a female spouse, which I am sure would have made a huge difference.

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        Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        That's exactly what I was wondering too.

      3. Hollie Thomas profile image62
        Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I don't know about the US, but many LGBT groups in the UK offer specialist advice on issues such as housing, employment etc. The more opportunities for help the better.

  2. Hollie Thomas profile image62
    Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago

    I only know about the UK, if you lived here I could point you in a couple of directions. Have you tried contacting some LGBT groups in your local area? Maybe they could help.

  3. Hollie Thomas profile image62
    Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago

    Brimancandy, people who have not struggled so much always seem to offer " There's another way out senario, if only you tried like me"roll I wish I could help you more. I hope you and your partner find a way out of this situation.

  4. AEvans profile image69
    AEvansposted 5 years ago

    Contact http://www.aliforneycenter.org/news.html  although they are in New York, they may be able to direct you to some places in your area. Wishing you all of the best. smile Hang in there many of us understand struggles. smile

    1. brimancandy profile image80
      brimancandyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks I will look into it. I contacted another GLTB group, and they sent me a form letter hitting me up for donations. Obviously the people at that group don't bother to read their emails. Sad. I think the ease of the internet has killed comminication more than it has helped, as people can brush you off with a click of a button.

  5. mega1 profile image79
    mega1posted 5 years ago

    this whole thread just about ass-ures me that the rumor that hubbers don't tell it like is is true - just about.  I am not saying that it should be funny that anyone of any disposition is homeless and/or jobless, but you kinda make it so!

    1. brimancandy profile image80
      brimancandyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      If you are saying that people are homeless because they choose to be you are a Reagan Moron. So, you are going to tell me that the massive amount of homeless people during the great depression were homeless because they chose to be? People are homeless because they can't afford housing, not because they want to be. I only know of one man who chose to live in his car while he worked two full time jobs. He later saved up enough money to cash out a house, and retired with money in the bank. But, a majority of the millions of homeless people in the united states have nothing but the clothes on their backs, because the banks have taken everything they own. And the idea of having a good paying job that you can live on for the rest of your life is gone.

      Also, show me in my post where I said being homeless was only a gay issue?  I was only referring to myself, anyone can be homeless. It's about finding an organization willing to help gay and lesbian people, nothing more than that.

 
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