ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Homeless- What Now?

Updated on July 14, 2018

At Some Point,

It has happened to almost everyone. It's the end of the month- your rent is due, and you have no where to turn. Here will be advice- numbers to call, a few ideas and charities that may help you stay off the street, in an ideal world.

This will be my personal experience- what happened to me, what I think you should or shouldn't do, and a few tips that I hope will help you either find a place to go, or help you to get along until you find help.

Got an Eviction Notice

Getting an eviction notice is extremely stressful, but what does it mean? Will they call the police and have me thrown out of my apartment? If you've gotten an eviction notice, you should look over your leasing agreement very carefully to make sure that you know your rights.

If you get the notice, and are not out of the apartment by the time indicated on your notice, they will probably take you to court. This can be a good thing, this gives you more time. Maybe your landlord doesn't have time to go to court, maybe he/ she just won't want to put up with it and agrees to give you more time to pay your rent. Stay positive, and explore every possibility. Getting evicted makes it so much harder to find housing in the future. Do everything in your power to pay that rent. If you can't do it alone,

Search for Local Charities

Many Churches have programs to help people in crises get the help that they desperately need to avoid becoming homeless. There are also many websites that may have the information that you'll need in your area. If you don't have access to a computer, head to a local library, gather as many numbers as you can and start calling. You may get lucky, but funding for these programs is competitive, and said charities only have so much to give per year. If this doesn't work,

They help so many people

Sell your belongings

Try to use eBay for this one if you can- if you don't, try to use Craigslist, or any forum based website. (Beware of scams!) If you don't have time to wait, head to a pawnshop, you will get less but it may get you closer to paying your rent. Having a fantastic baseball collection, nice china or expensive electronics won't mean all that much if you don't have a place to keep them. There are necessities, and there are luxuries. A roof is a necessity. Your Playstation 4 is not.

Ask your family

When times are tough, we turn to the people who love and care about us the most. That is, after all, what your family is for, although admitting to your family that you need assistance can be difficult, it is crucial that you exhaust all options before you have no-where else to turn.

Ask anyone and everyone in your family who are able to help- ask to stay with them until you can get back on your feet. Or maybe offer to pay them back if they will help you with your rent. Hey- being in debt to your brother "dickhead" is better than being not having a place to sleep or shower.

Find a Local Shelter

And make sure they can take you before you are homeless, especially if you live in a big city. Trust me- swallowing your pride and heading to a homeless shelter will hurt SO much more when you are turned away because you haven't done your research. If you have transportation, try your best to find a well funded shelter outside of the inner city- they will have more space, more time to help you in particular, and be more accommodating to you and or your families needs.

Many shelters also have programs to help you get back on your feet. They have programs that can help you pay your debts, find a job, and have programs that can guide you into finding a new, lower cost option for housing.

Have a Car? Live in it!

This is the option that I would NOT recommend to anyone- although this was what I did for about 3 months before I swallowed my pride and finally realized I needed assistance. There are many options that will get you much farther than this. Ask for help. PLEASE.

I am a prideful person, but put your pride aside for a moment and do something that will help you in the long run. I was working the entire time I was homeless, working long hours, underpaid, and exhausted from sleeping on my trucks narrow bench seat. "Showering" with a paper towel and some handsoap in the horrifyingly disgusting men's room at the gas station. Making just enough money so that I could eat, shower, shave, and have a bed for a day of the week.

When I was finally forced to quit my job and tell my boss that I had been living in my truck for almost the full length of my employment- she was beyond bewildered and offered to help me, but that pride kicked in once again, "this isn't so bad- I'm doing fine." Look in the mirror. Don't do it to yourself, or that person or people who need you, swallow your pride.

Good Luck

If there is anything within my power that I can do, don't be shy. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Also- if my article has helped you in any way- tell me. It would really brighten my day. Good luck,

Sincerely, Daniel.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • GaminCouple profile imageAUTHOR

      Daniel And Amanda 

      3 years ago from Florida

      That means a lot- thanks for your feedback!

    • lions44 profile image

      CJ Kelly 

      3 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Amazing story. Great resilience. Hope things are well now. I'm sharing it everywhere.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)