People who have experienced homelessness share things that have surprised them about street life – from deadly motels to not accepting food from strangers.
Write at an eye opening Quora Thread, people in the US told how they were arrested for walking through wealthy, wealthy neighborhoods and affected by the fact that “nobody cares.”
They discussed the feeling of being “scum” in the eyes of the public, while one claimed that “convicted pedophiles are entitled to more help,” and shared their personal heartbreaking guides to stay warm, clean, and safe.
A man, Robert Andrews, told how he has lived in the streets of LA since 1986, when his parents left the city for a small town in Arizona, while he decided to stay behind to pursue a career in poetry.
But while his colleagues became successful in the entertainment industry, Robert found himself in temporary accommodation and jobs.
Robert Andrews has lived on the streets of LA since 1986 and shared his guide about street life and revealed the best way to stay warm, clean and safe (stock image used)
Robert revealed that he soon heard that the worthwhile monthly issue is a gym membership “for showers and towels” – but warned against burning excessive calories so you won’t go hungry.
He added that the permanent address of a friend to use is essential when applying for a job, and that there are “two types of homeless” – those who are in the situation due to circumstances and those who do not intend their circumstances to improve.
He also warned of staying in motels that accept provincial vouchers, calling them “dangerous crackhouses” that “should be avoided at all costs” for security reasons, because people are “raped, murdered and mistreated.”
He admitted that he had good upbringing and a lot of love from his family until a death caused his parents to move hastily and anxiously from Los Angeles to a small town in Arizona “with no future, no culture, no colleges, no work or anything “.
Robert soon found out that the monthly membership that is worth it, a gym membership is “for showers and towels,” that a friend’s regular address to use is essential when applying
Robert revealed that it is important not to appear homeless to prevent judgment, police attention and improve your chances of finding a job, while you must hide your valuables in a safe location and only a small backpack with a change of clothes, toothbrush, deodorant and cologne.
Another man, naval veteran James Jenkins, now 53, told how he noticed that he became a ‘non-person’ when he became homeless twenty years ago and became a target for ‘ridicule and abuse’.
“You start thinking like a bear, a wolf, a cat. You learn from street dogs, street cats, “he explained.
“You see where every Burger King, McDonald’s and Wendy’s with external trash cans are … You learn how food tastes, such as how salty a half-eaten McDonald’s burger is.”
Marine veteran James Jenkins, now 53, told how he noticed that he became a ‘non-person’ when he became homeless twenty years ago and became a target for ‘ridicule and abuse’
James pointed out that many homeless people have mental health problems such as bipolar, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and “not clear or normal thinking.”
He explained how he received some support from the Veteran’s Association in Pittsburgh, and when he was “politely” arrested a few times, he cooperated and did not resist.
“I know the language and the story … My family was military and police. Eventually you will be invited to get a lift to the edge of their jurisdiction, and wish you luck and tell you to walk in one direction, “he said.
James explained how he received some support from the Veteran’s Association in Pittsburgh, and when he was “politely” arrested a few times, he cooperated and did not resist, and gave them the correct “lingo” about his military background to Get a ride
‘I was able to walk well. I have run 15 miles in a row with acceleration, pace myself, not to get tired, not to get blisters. No problem. You just get tired and you have to cover yourself against the sun. “
Another man, Ian Williams, took the lead to emphasize how low homeless people are in the eyes of society.
“The fact that you’ve paid taxes all of your adult life, some of which goes to social housing, doesn’t mean you’re squat,” he said. ‘You are not entitled to assistance due to your exact circumstances.
“Welfare benefits to which you should be entitled are not available because you must provide an address that you do not have now.”
Robert says that there are “two types of homeless” – those who are in situation because of circumstances, and those who do not intend to improve their circumstances and “should be avoided” (stock image used)
Another man, Ian Williams, took the lead to emphasize how low homeless people are in the eyes of society
Ian warned that ‘everyone wants to hurt you’ when you live on the street, and warned against accepting food from people unless you were there when it was bought.
“Someone will give you a McDonald’s lemonade with urine in it. They spit in a Big Mac and watch you eat it, “he said.
Pascal Morimacil, another contributor to the thread, said he realized that people he regarded as friends “no longer existed” when he became homeless.
Pascal Morimacil, another contributor to the thread, said he noticed how many people waste, from food to clothing, furniture and money
‘You learn who your true friends and family are, who the people are who will actually assist you, even in difficult times. Often there aren’t that many, “he said.
He added that another thing he realized was how many people waste, from food to clothing, furniture and money – although people “protected their waste.”
‘If you live off the remains of others, you develop an eye for waste. It’s amazing how many things people throw away, most of it is perfectly good, “he explained.
John Tobio said they are full of “drug addicts, alcoholics and lazy people who have been homeless forever” and “trying to keep your nights awake, stealing your identification and scanty supplies because you’re a tourist in their country”
‘It is also super interesting to see how incredibly protective people are from their waste! They threw it away a second ago to be destroyed, but if you took it, it would be the end of the world. I think it could be because when you take it, it causes cognitive dissonance when people see that the things they throw away are actually useful. ”
John Tobio said they are full of “drug addicts, alcoholics and lazy people who have been homeless forever” and “trying to keep your nights awake, stealing your identification and scanty supplies because you are a tourist in their country.”
He described the beds as strewn with bed bugs and the staff who treat residents “like farm animals that they milk for money.”
John said: “If you want to get a job, you will constantly be resisted by residents and staff because homeless shelter is not a place to solve your problems, they are a place for chronic homeless people who are locked up so they cannot work and staff earn that money by not taking care of them. “
Robert advised: “When the clothes you wear become ripe due to body odor and are out all day for a few days, put on the clothes in your backpack, the other pair that you previously had was in a coin launderette and lettuce on them in your backpack ‘
He recommended looking for a long-term place and went to the library to apply for jobs, hiring everyone who was offered.
Robert admitted that being homeless “will stay with you forever” and make you a lonely person, Robert concluded: “To everyone who goes through homelessness. The best thing I can say is don’t let it be you.
‘Just treat it as a moment in time and as a learning experience and let it make you stronger. The more difficult circumstances you defeat, the stronger you become. “