My sister and my 8yr old niece moved in with me 15 months ago following my sister's divorce. She was only supposed to stay a few months to save some money and then get her own place. Obviously, she's still here and there doesn't seem to be an exiting plan in sight. More snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I moved to a new area (just outside the Bay Area, California) and encountered a new er unflattering euphemism for homeless people or addicts — zombie. I'd never heard this before. I'm wondering if it's local flavor. Have you heard this, other places? [more inside]
An acquaintance of mine is suddenly homeless and jobless in New Hampshire. What social services are available to assist someone in this situation, or what temp work is available? [more inside]
I'm a 29 Year old male who is going to be homeless in Los Angeles. How do I start over again and build a new life from scratch. [more inside]
A homeless guy I've known for years had dropped off the grid. Help me make sure he's ok. [more inside]
UK Healthcare: Is there a way of remaining registered with your GP when recently homeless and staying with friends in other cities? Or accessing GP services generally without a permanent address? [more inside]
I'm looking for resources and help to get myself out of the woods and into a home sooner - any ideas, Mefites? More details under the line [more inside]
For the past two years, an acquaintance has been living in my car. Originally from Japan, he came here on a student visa and then, believing his employers would help him maintain a legal status, he overstayed that visa. Eventually, he lost his job and his home - and sought my help (hating our local homeless shelter, which is admittedly dangerous). Now he believes that if he works he will be breaking the law. This matters to him as he is pursuing legal action against his former employers (a case I don't think has much merit - though I haven't really looked at it). We're meeting with a homeless services provider today, who I'm certain will want him to have some kind of income before helping him find housing. And so the main question is: is it "illegal" for him to work? Thanks for any help.
I was contacted recently by an ex-gf living in California, with a tale of woe. Sent some money along, and apparently things are getting worse, and amazingly, less believable. Any ideas on how to verify any of this? [more inside]
About to be homeless in London. [more inside]
Every time I buy something at Petsmart, the cashier finishes by asking "and do you want to add $1 for homeless pets?" If paying by debit, the last screen offers you options for what amount to donate. Of course I would like to support homeless pets - via my local nonprofit, whenever possible - but is this a good way to do it? [more inside]
Due to a series of unfortunate events I'm now homeless and lost all my savings. Looking for overall advice how to rent a room in NYC and survive. [more inside]
I have managed to accumulate (over time and several bad buying decisions) three pairs of quality-make men's shoes of different types, all in nearly-new condition, that I don't want or can't wear, and I'd like them to go to someone who could really use them. The thing they have in common is each has a non-obvious flaw that would cause buyer's regret in anyone who actually paid money for them, so Goodwill is out. [more inside]
I was homeless for part of the year last year. I'm filing late (with deferral, sorry I didn't bring this up on Askmefi when it would be more pertinent) because I just now got all the proper info together. Is there anything I should know about filing US taxes for a year in which I was occasionally homeless and/or unemployed?
A man living in his car at the park near my house refused my offer of $50 saying it would make him feel worse to accept money and that he is in touch with the council to access homeless services. I feel like he is my neighbour and it is playing on my mind that he is sleeping there in that situation. Can I at least offer to do some laundry for him, or ask him if there's some other practical way I can help (food? or something) or should I respect his dignity and mind my own business? [more inside]
I'm completely lost. I have always suffered from depressive episodes (never discussed it with anyone) and now things have come to a head. I am in my early thirties. I don't know how to carry on. [more inside]
What can we do with a bunch of individually wrapped pizza slices in Philly on Sunday morning? [more inside]
I have a troubled half brother who has recently come into my life. He was just released from prison, there on possession charges. He lives across the country, is jobless, homeless, and without family (aside from my mother and me). Yesterday he asked if I could wire him money. Just enough to buy some food. I can easily do this, so without thinking, I said I would. [more inside]
Today I was walking with friends when I passed a man sprawled on the street, passed out. It was pretty clear from his appearance he was both 1. probably an alcoholic (and perhaps drunk and sleeping it off?) and 2. homeless. I hemmed and hawed over calling emergency services, but the others in my party did not want to stop. I feel horrible. What should I have done? [more inside]
I'm looking for relevant and frequently updated sources of news (preferably online) about homelessness and related issues: poverty, supportive housing, etc. [more inside]
A 69 yr old wheelchair bound man, in SK, Canada, may end up homeless in the very near future. I need to know our options so that he continues to be cared for. In short, all the other safety nets have had holes in them, and we are being threatened with eviction. He relies on me (caregiver/wife) to bathe him, dress him, attend to personal hygiene/bathroom needs. He cannot walk at all, can stand with help, has use of one arm/hand. Living on the streets isn't going to work. Where do I turn now? More details below the fold. [more inside]
What are your favorite movies about homelessness? I am trying to compile a "watch these" list of movies that have a homelessness theme. Lists that I've seen so far have incorporated those movies that may have a homeless character, or mention homelessness, but I'm looking only for homeless themed movies, such as "The Fisher King", "Being Flynn", "With Honors" etc. Also, if you know of more than one homeless movie, could you tell me which one was your favorite and why? I appreciate your time and interest.
I recently learned that the panhandlers in my city (Cambridge, MA) often share their food when they get big items and it made me wonder - do homeless individuals often have explicit or implicit rules, like "share when you get food" or "the person who's been homeless the longest gets the best spot"? What do you think happens if people break the rule? I'm sure there's a lot of variation both within and between cities, but if anyone has any thoughts, I'd really appreciate it!
Starting in two weeks, we are providing emergency temporary housing in our basement for a 19-year old who was kicked out of his home. What do we need to set up / what haven't we thought about yet? [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations of books, articles, films or other media about homelessness in the US. [more inside]
Hi there Hivemind, at what temperature (fahrenheit, preferably) does it become unsafe for a person to spend the night in a car? [more inside]
St. Louis friend trained as a writer and filmmaker wants to use his skills to help people in need/suffering. Does anyone in the area (the city, or St. Louis County) know of any volunteering options for him? He already has an office job, but career suggestions would be welcome, though I think volunteering is more of an immediate interest. National and local organizations anyone knows of in the area are welcome. Thanks!
What's socially acceptable in terms of giving food assistance to homeless people? What should be socially acceptable? [more inside]
An friend just got booted out of her home in Florida with an hour's notice by her boyfriend. She has no money, important possessions from small to large in the house, and pets. I advised her to call the police but beyond that I had no idea. Later I found the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and sent her the hotline number. But there must exist checklists or articles for this sort of situation, seeing as it happens so often in abusive relationships! [more inside]
The homeless outreach program I work for wants to start a cleaning crew similar to Men in Blue run by The Doe Fund in New York and Philadelphia. I know so precious little about cleaning, let alone managing an entire cleaning crew. Any idea what equipment I'll need for a team of three to clean outside in the street? I imagine there'll be trash removal, mowing, and I'd like to include the actual cleaning of the pavement.
Please help my son (17 years) with a presentation about the homeless people in the US. We are from Scandinavia, and due to our welfare system, we don't have the same situation as in the US. We have explored several issues, and the more we search, the more questions we have. [more inside]
I'd like to donate some money to an organization that helps mentally ill homeless people in San Francisco. Which organization would give me the most "bang for my buck"? [more inside]
I need a short term solution to homelessness of a four person family (2 adults, 2 children) in the Los Angeles area?
My family (self, fiance, and two children, ages 4 and 7) is currently homeless in Los Angeles. We are at a complete loss here... can anyone provide any insight, advice, anything at all to help us figure out what on earth to do? [more inside]
How can I find a place to rent when I'll almost definitely fail a rental application and I'm a terrible risk? [more inside]
I'm trying to feed a few homeless people with a little side project I started, any suggestions for getting more people to participate? [more inside]
Where could I go in Dallas TX this weekend to hand out hot food (ie, not canned good, but food to eat right then) to around 10-20 homeless or hungry individuals?
What can I do, if anything, for a homeless stranger who hasn't asked for help? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I are helping out a homeless couple and a homeless single girl-- how do I set boundaries and time limits without seeming pushy? When is enough enough? How do I truly help them? Lots and lots of details inside. [more inside]
How can I help the homeless of Toronto? [more inside]
Due to the current recession I've been under-employed for far too long. Unfortunately it's turning out to be a catastrophically long time, and now I need to know what my options are. [more inside]
Why am I such an easy mark? [more inside]
I'm 24, female, college-educated, and I'm about to become homeless in Los Angeles. Please hope me. Anonymous because I'm so humiliated. [more inside]
What are some demands that can be made of a city (pop 250,000) that would immediately find benefit for 13 homeless people? Extra credit: Consider half these people probably need some mental help but would be pretty likely to refuse it. [more inside]
Local pro-life organization is raising funds in a way that I think is intentionally misleading. Can I do anything? Should I do anything? [more inside]
Other than chili and spaghetti, what can I make in mass quantity that requires not much $$$, time or ingredients? If it's warm food, how do I keep it warm when it won't be served for at least another 90 minutes in an open parking lot, at night, where there is no electricity and it's freezing cold? Yes, it's to feed the homeless. [more inside]
Need help to think about the details of a feeding scheme for homeless and people in need in my neighbourhood. [more inside]
What is the business model of people who sell socks at intersections? [more inside]
Does anyone know of any great NYC programs to help get gifted homeless people back on their feet? I know two exceptionally AWESOME, intelligent, talented, (now) homeless people. I want to help but don't know how. I feel the need to put some energy into helping them fix this problem regularly, till it's sorted out. [more inside]
My friend works with the homeless and keeps having relationships with her clients. What can I do, or should I not do? [more inside]
The parents kicked me out for being gay. What can I do now to make sure I stay emotionally healthy, and how do I deal with my complicated feelings surrounding this? Has anyone else been through this? [more inside]