January 15, 2008 6:57 AM Subscribe
How to be homeless? Yes, step one, lack a home. Then what?
posted by anonymous to society & culture (81 answers total) 48 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a young, healthy guy in my early 20s who has so far lived an uneventful, sheltered life. I'm thinking about willingly forgoing my apartment/job/life, moving to a new city, and living on the streets. (I know this profoundly unwise, that's part of the idea.)
Essentially, I want to learn how to be homeless. What are some useful strategies? Tips? Tricks? What should I "take with me" when I go? What should I look like? How can I fit in with a young homeless population (refuge in numbers)? What city should I move to? Etc.
I also seem to recall seeing on the internet at one point a .pdf guidebook about homeless living.
Unless you have a shocking statistic like, "95% of all homeless people are eaten by dung beetles," I'm not looking to be told this is a bad idea; I know the risks, and I know I'm naïve. Please don't try to persuade me not to do something -- the question is "How?" not "Should I?" So. How?