How can I avoid being homeless?
March 19, 2010 4:41 PM Subscribe
I'm in college, have no income and I'm pretty close to being homeless. Is there anything I can do to get more financial aid from my school (which would cover housing/food/etc)?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (37 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've been unemployed for two years, and previously my Mom was supporting me while I lived at school. However, she is no longer able to pay her own bills and can no longer help me out.
She was able to pay for the dorm room for the rest of the semester, but after that I'm on my own.
I have absolutely no place I can stay. I have social anxiety, which means that I haven't made any friends I could crash with. My current plan is to go to the homeless shelter once the semester ends, but obviously I'd rather not end up there.
I've tried career counseling, various methods of job searching (at fast food/retail since that's all I qualify for), and trying to get more financial aid from the school. I feel that at this point my only chance at being able to stay in school and have a place to stay is to get declared independent on the FAFSA, so that I will receive aid based on my income (which is nothing.)
Is there any way I can do this? Explaining my situation to the school didn't help. I looked up the emancipation rules in my home state (Ohio), and I'm already considered legally emancipated and can't do a post-18 emancipation for aid purposes.
I know there's something you can register with if you're homeless, but I'm not sure how to do that. When I researched it, it appeared to be mostly for people who already had an income and paid rent, but could no longer able to for some reason.
I also tried applying for welfare, but because I have no children, I was unable to receive aid.
I have no savings or assets, and after this semester I won't be able to afford food either. I'm a 19 year old freshman, turning 20 this year. I can't return home; Mom is struggling and is pretty much in financial disarray. (she has $8 in her bank account but has someone supporting her, same person that got me the dorm for the rest of the semester. No that person can't continue helping me.) However, she makes way too much money for me to really get any help via the FAFSA. (I don't know what's causing the discrepancy.)
I'd prefer to stay in school, because it's (extremely) important to me but also because I need to be a full-time student to stay on my Mom's insurance, and I have a disability that needs meds to be managed. (I didn't try for SSI because I can still work/learn just fine and that seemed to be the deciding factor.) But obviously if it comes down to school vs having a place to stay/food, I'll choose the latter, so feel free to suggest things that'd require me to drop out.
Is there anything that can help someone in my situation?