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]
So after a half year of struggling to make ends meet, as of yesterday I've found myself homeless. I'm looking to be pointed towards resources that will make this an easier and (hopefully) briefer experience. [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]
After a promising-looking month, my financial situation has tanked. I'm in my last night in the place I've been living (a weekly motel) and I'm not sure where I'll be this time tomorrow. I'm looking for advice as to emergency housing for one person in the Dallas area. [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]
Through a string of bad luck (losing my job, losing my health insurance, bit of a breakdown at the start of the summer), I'm looking at being homeless in a couple of days. There aren't many options out there for a single male. This is a last ditch effort to find resources in my area other than shelters. [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]
I'm going to be moving into a van for awhile. What should I expect and what are some things I can do to make it as comfortable as possible? [more inside]
In continuation of this question, what resources can I forward to my family member, now that he is off the streets? [more inside]
I want to create a Yelp-like, community-editable local search directory of resources available to the poor and homeless in my city. What CMS do I use? [more inside]
Help me come up with ideas for items that would be needed by the homeless. I see many homeless people on my commute to and from work, usually at stoplights. I never carry cash on me, but would like to keep things in my car that I can give out. [more inside]
From the windows of the train on my way into Paris from CDG, I noticed a few clusters of... shacks, I'd guess you'd call them, put together out of what looked like scrap building material- [more inside]
I'm being evicted and need fast advice. [more inside]
What is some food I could bake or prepare to give to the homeless person perpetually camped out in my neighborhood? [more inside]
I work at a non-profit that serves at-risk and homeless youth in the Bay Area. My program specifically supports youth in finding sustainable employment and provides ongoing job and career coaching. I need help understanding how to interface with large corporations since I have never worked in that environment. More inside. [more inside]
A relative is set to become homeless in few days. I don't know how to help, if I even can, or whether I should. Help me help him help himself. [more inside]