Hugo Morvan wrote:Hi Stuart, nice but also weird to hear of someone living on the streets.
When i was a wild youngster i was a squatter, travelling through europe i came around homeless people quite a lot.
Some told me of the things you're saying, survival techniques basicly, insulation, cardboard, ways to stay warm.
In Granada, south of Spain, they lived in caves, caves the gypsies had lived in for centuries, but they moved up into houses.
Some managed to stay away from booze and built something up.
I remember Juan vividly, a German ex car mechanic, who one day picked up a guitar and left the ordinary life, he had a nice little set up, i was welcomed to stay once in a while in his cave. He was busking and ate at the catholic church. I knew he wouldn't hurt me and he knew i was a good one. Funny how you get a keen eye for that.
Still bad things can happen all the time when you're on the streets, it's not boring at all !..."
Rose Bourdeau wrote:Fellow 'urban nomad' here.. an exhausting but fascinating existence to say the least. I was just in NYC a couple weeks ago. Stay warm, friends.
Just an FYI, Plattsburgh, NY follows a "housing first" model for homelessness, meaning if you go to that city and apply as homeless with DSS (which is a nightmare in itself, for me, anyway) they put you up in a hotel room (there is a limited time they will provide assistance to you supposedly, but as long as you comply with their abundance of rules you will be able to find a landlord before your time runs out) and you have to attend weekly appointments, but you are given 1st month and security deposit assistance (usually only 550-650$/ per person), and a second agency will furnish your new house/apartment with sofa/bed/tables/chairs/lamps etc. You are responsible for finding a landlord that will accept the DSS payment, (which can be a challenge, and sometimes their payment comes late, try explaining that to a landlord..)
It worked for me once upon a time, spent a little less than two months in a hotel, got a job, then found a house and landlord for 650$/mo in the center of Plattsburgh. It's about 70$ to bus up to Plattsburgh from NYC. Just an option if you get tired and want to move on/start over in another city. I often feel like that. The stress of life on the streets often tears couples apart, but it warms my heart to see you two staying positive through it. Peace!
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