Here is how you can afford to get self sustainable by helping the elderly / disabled farmers or by construction work etc etc
I take care of my 90 yr old mom and she has an income. I also have a veterans income but i could have never done much here without her. Helping the elderly with incomes or the disabled is the best way to get income and both parties can live in the country. Many farmers who get old want to live and die in their homes and see their farms continue. I use to take care of an elederly woman in N calif back in 2004 to 2006 where i earned a life and lessons and a great reference. However, i have not needed that reference but its a great one.
i would recomend advertising for elderly or disabled to share a farm and offer to help them.
I would also recommend being a caregiver in rural areas you want to live in to get to know the people and the farmers etc and prove your worth.
I am open to someone or maybe even a coupld share with me here and then take care of me when i die and take over this small farm.
I am also interested in potentially selling and buying a larger property now that in the last 2 yrs my equity has increased from 12k to 60k because of the work i did.
Many caregiver positions pay way more than i get. Mine is just investment into my farm approved by my sister who is power of attorney.
For me it has allowed me to get out of the city after i saved for my down payment.
try going to craisglist and check gigs and search for eldercare, live in, caregiver, etc etc ... many times it varies from location where people post those ads.
Also if your smart you would post your own ads in regions you want to live.
Construction: In my area there are many many amish who need drivers and some need young strong helpers too to drive them to construction jobs. Even women are needed to drive female amish around.
Females are also needed as caregivers many times more than males but many times farmers want couples.
There are also many jobs working on farms where you get paid and free housing. Many times the farmers don't report these things.
Also joining together with others with your little savings together can help you to buy and together you can either build or rebuild old structures and then sell them to earn equity for a larger downpayment on a place of your own.
What seems to me to be the problem is many youth have gone to colleges etc and don't know how to work or do construction. That is where you find someone like me who has owned and developed many buildings and farms and help them and join them and work together to learn and earn new values which can help you get what you eventually seek.
In my case i use to live near cities but hated it but i did do lots of building as a low dollar worker to learn and gain some cash for an eventual farm i would buy or to buy properties i would buy and fix up to either rent and or sell for profit. I have built 6 houses and 6 apartments and developed a 200 acre farm as well as having worked and helped many others.
I did lose my farm to a marriage breakup and i had to start over. I even gave away 30k to help build homeless shelters and then became homeless myself. I had to start over and i did. Today i am doing fairly well considering in am almost 60. I could easily survive here now if mom passed on.
So in closing please know that when you follow traditional ways designed by the corporations you just find yourself stuck in cities working for the man if you don't scrimp and save and learn and do things differently. While i built many buildings i always moved to the next building sleeping on the wooden floors while my tenants moved into the finished buildings but i needed those rents to cover my mortgages. I at one time had 35 recovering tenants renting from me and paying 8k in rents while i payed 6k on 6 different mortgages. I also made sure that i always paid my debts first so my good name was always still there to get me to the next place. (into the next mortgage) Today i have a block on my credit so i have to be contacted personally for any credit to be approved. The other thing that is different though i use to get credit on my good name today one needs to prove all income and not just have good credit. My credit is not limited due to my mortgage so i nor no one can get more credit on my name even if they tried to steal my identity. I mention the credit thing becase that is very important. Now if a person wants to improve their credit they can buy things for other people and pay for it in credit while those people (friends) pay them in cash. paying it off each month will help and if its a lot each month it gives you a greater credit rating but you still need to eventually prove incomes now to buy. However, joining together in a group can help if your all living together and lowering your everhead of rent and utilities which all banks figure in to cost. Many times in the beginning i lived with my mom so i had no monthly bills which increased my ability to pay mortgages and qualify.
I hope i have helped the youth here and even some others what can be done working together or alone.
NOTE: I built my buildings to look very very old which keeps their value low to the tax assesors office yet they are strong to any potential future buyers or users.
LINKS http://www.care.com great place to join to find caregiving jobs in many places.. be ready to move to far away places and earn your future
http://craigslist.extads.com/ use this search engine for craigslist use "live in" "caregiver" "care giver" "asap" "wanted" "companion" and other words like that
my farm link is in my signature
in west virginia now in a small town martinsburg growing lots of veggies.. thank you Jesus
PS: always seeking followers of Jesus
Diego Footer on Permaculture Based Homesteads - from the Eat Your Dirt Summit