Lessons of Katrina
All have one thing in common: they used to have homes. In the space of one day, they don't any longer.
My point is that this can happen to any of us, at any time. My downfall was lack of money (and a modicum of poor planning) that led to eviction. But homelessness can come just as quickly under other circumstances. A fire. A tornado. A prolonged illness. Bankruptcy. Layoff. Job outsourcing. Incompetent political leaders. A meteor. The list goes on. It is easier than you think to have a house fulll of stuff one day and be living on the street less than a day later.
Homelessness can come like lightning (or by lightning...) Be vigilant.
I saw the article about you in the News and Record. Great blog. I wish you well and hope that things start going your way very soon.
You are a great writer, btw.
Allow me to give you some words of encourgement and a bit of advice from someone who was evicted, homeless and lived in their car for three months.
1) You will get through this ebb period.
I don't know when it will end for you but it will.
2) If you have any family or friends, ask for help. Don't let you're pride get in the way.
I could have reached out for help way before my father reached out for me. I denied a lot of help because of my pride.
3) The greatest lesson I learned was allowing people to give to me. Accepting help. I still struggle with it but it's much better.
I recorded my homeless experience too.
Here is an entry of my first day homeless.
2004-05-07 13:20:58 (GMT)
1st day Homeless
Last night, I left the office about 11:00pm. Went home, I
could see that my mattress and desk was out on the curb.
What a sight. So I went to Leon's afterwards to pacify
myself with a link sandwich. Then I fell asleep in the car
around Pill Hill. I only slept until 3am. I then went to
wash clothes at an all night laundry. After that I needed
shaving cream to shave myself and get ready for my listing
appointment today. By 6:30am, I was suited up. I got rested
again and it's now 8:00am. I was greeted by that bitch name
Angie waiting to get in the door. It's raining and cold
BTW, I was a Realtor.
My best wishes are for you and your family.
I wish I could offer more than just my moral support. The sad fact is that there are a lot of us that are only a pay check or less away from sharing your fate.
Keep fighting the good fight. I think you are on the right path.
You've opened my eyes as to how easy it is to become homeless. You're just an average guy like anyone else.
Ross, Sydney Australia.
I'd like to say we all take everyday for granted your experiences have opened my eyes. Pls continue you good work thanks
My wife and I have both worked in homeless programs, and most of the people we encountered were either overcome by a run of tremendous bad luck/circumstances or had a mental problem/addiction that hampered their ability to pursue work. The "homeless by choice" are few. Keep up the excellent writing, and let all of us know if we can help somehow.
I send my love, thoughts, and best wishes to you and your family. I wish you a speedy trip back into a house/apartment of your own.
- Billy, Wondir Community Manager