Friend in extreme danger of homelessness and I don't know what to do
April 4, 2013 10:39 AM Subscribe
Friend in extreme danger of homelessness and I don't know what to do. One of my friends is 22 years old and lives in Brooklyn, New York, in the same city where I live. She was living with her mom in Virginia and then moved into her boyfriend's parents' house here in Brooklyn, NY. Her boyfriend got into prison about a month ago. She's been living with her boyfriend's parents for 7-8 months and they took her in after her past roommates were violent to her.
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Her boyfriend's parents want her to move out because they can't take care of her and they're in bad health. She's in desperate need of help looking for a place to live. She's currently unemployed but just recently went for job training to work full time. She don't have any money to rent herself a room or anything. She is very neat and keeps everything tidy while her boyfriend is a complete mess. They want her out by the end of the week and they mean it. Her mom lives in Virginia and tells her that she doesn't want her back as she wants her to be independent. Even though she calls her, she doesn't understand the situation she's in. She's the kind of mom who would leave her child on the streets as I've heard from her and other mutual friends.
I don't know what to do about this. I've tried asking around and she went to see a friend of mine who works for New York State Housing Authority. It got to the point where my friend said she would call different Jewish communities to see what can be done. She's scared that she could end up in a place where she has to wear a skirt and do a head-on religious conversion.
She's really not the troublemaker type of girl. She's very intelligent and doesn't cause problems with anyone. I just really feel bad for her because I had a situation similar to this girl in the past and all of her other friends are giving reasons why she can't stay with them. I live in a very small room and it would just be an extreme burden on me as I'm trying to get my stuff together.
Are there any other resources at the moment that could be used to help her?