Survive Homelessness

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Solutions

Increasing the odds to survive homelessness

 The description for "Homelessness" can be found under Why be prepared.

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Prelude

The way in which we live can change at a moments notice. Loosing the place we call home is one of those changes that can be considered disastrous for many people. Especially if there are no other places where we feel at home. Though this is a condition of desperation it does not however signify a permanent situation, ... nor does it define who we are or our potentials to change such a situation. Experiencing homelessness, .. as mentioned in the descriptions and situations content page, ... reminds us that such a condition can happen to most anyone. This includes intellectuals, the wealthy and poor as well as those with specific challenges. Surviving homelessness for the most part is a matter of perspective and the mindset that goes along with it, ... be it healthy or destructive. Surviving such a condition depends greatly upon our impression of what homelessness really means in conjunction with a desire or motivation to change the situation. This concept applies to not only people who are experiencing homelessness but for those who believe they are about to have such an experience.

In just the same way, ... the following information can be applicable at influencing public participation with implementing productive solutions. Homelessness is not a disease that can be cured but a condition that can be managed or prepared for. Being prepared increases the odds of surviving such an experience. Proactive suggestions within this content are intended to present preventative solutions for added security.

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The following information has been provided with the intent to assist those  seeking information related to surviving or preparing for homelessness.

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Find assistance

Homeless veterans call center  Crisis call center  Community crisis center  Homeless shelter directory  Supportive housing and shelters  Free housing for homeless  Low income housing

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Benefits of self reliance  ~  How can self reliance apply to homeless situations  ~  Addressing the causes  ~  Overcoming roadblocks  ~ Tricks to surviving homelessness  ~  Innovative ideas to end homelessness  ~  What works in other countries  ~  Resources

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What could possibly prevent homelessness?

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The information provided here is intended to stimulate and encourage new ideas in hopes of changing the increasing growth of homelessness. The intent for P2S is to continually add and revise relative and useful content with the aim of motivating forward thinking people into considering and implementing new solutions. Thinking outside the box is OK, ... if it works.

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Community suggested solutions »

There is no one solution that fits every homeless situation. As mentioned in the description and situation content page there are multiple reasons that can cause such a condition as homelessness. These situations differ considerably between one another and are realized at varying degrees of severity according to personal opinion. Preventative solutions vary for ever situation and scenario.

Solutions do exist ranging from extreme government subsidies to ideas where entire communities can be created with the intent to assist and motivate qualified candidates who want to change their situation. A typical government subsidy is defined in this content as the constant flow of tax payers dollars given without reasonable expectations in return. These are programs that often lack accountability and transparency. Programs as such are not often well managed when it comes to monitoring how people utilize or spend the assistance provided and are therefore and often considered fruitless in the tax payers eyes. This sort of program historically encounters very little return on investment and does not offer tax payers much hope that their efforts and gifts are appreciated or maximized with good intent. Now days, ... government subsidies are expected as something deserved without accountability. It's a "what have you done for me lately" kinda mentality which has spawned an unreasonable form of belief and expectations. This way of thinking can eventually lead to cultural degradation amongst societal communities. Counter measures in opposition for this way of thinking is based on a more productive concept known as "Paying it forward". To replace or offer compensation of time and gratitude in any way possible for what we receive in help from supporting entities. The definition of free does not apply in this content as others will most likely have to cover the costs.

Popular solutions with hopeful potentials include the creation and development of individual micro-housing units popularly known as "tiny homes". Specific and strategic locations can be designated for groups of miniature neighborhoods. Tiny home communities as such would consist of multiple tiny homes or dwellings which can be offered in good faith with a variation of expectations. These are typically small private fully contained shelters with running water, heat, toilet, washroom, electrical power and a place to sleep. Hundreds of these tiny homes can  fit in a small area of land and be produced at a low cost. Government or private subsidized tiny home communities can offer hope for those who are experiencing misfortune or desperate times. A tiny home can encourage willing individuals from getting beyond their misfortunes and to excel at becoming self reliant.  These homes can be offered as an incentive program. Successful recipients who complete the housing program would be expected to vacate the tiny home as they escalate to establish themselves in the next stages of their lives. Those who are partial to tiny home living can seek a similar community in areas where private developments were permitted and constructed with this in mind. Government subsidized tiny home communities would be designated specifically for those who are in need of housing with the understanding that it is based on a limited duration of stay. Qualifying candidates would enter into the assistance program and be expected to leave once their objectives have been met so as to allow others the same opportunity to change their lives in just the same way.

Alternate and specialized programs: The type of program previously mentioned typically caters to those with a strong desire to strive for a better future despite the obstacles. It does not easily accommodate those who choose to be lazy, have a drug or alcohol problem or for those who can not take care of themselves for one reason or another. In those cases alternative measures can be considered and implemented for those who are willing to perform some form of community service in exchange for boarding. This type of program consists of a localized community building which houses many people as a potential solution. In these particular scenarios accountability to some degree can still be a requirement in exchange for use or ownership of a dwelling.

Who can pay for proposed solutions? It is a common belief that the cost for these types of solutions will come at the expense of tax paying citizens. This often causes an indifference of opinion and a division amongst the people. The results can often stagnate the efforts to do something good or positive for a community. A successful model for such an idea might allow supportive governments as well as private investors to initially fund the creation of tiny home communities. Assets as such can be managed by willing and credited residence of said communities as a part of the compensation for the use or ownership of a tiny home dwelling. Many people experiencing homelessness are simply down on their luck and yet are educated and trained well enough to participate in a multiplicity of functions in such an endeavor. This in itself represent a huge cost savings for those concerned. Every building or tiny home community will need to be serviced to some degree or another. This is a great opportunity for candidates to gain training, education and added responsibility which can be applied in exchange for a home. This can ultimately benefit everyone.

Tiny homes could be rented or purchased with a payment or reimbursement plan that stimulates and encourages growth. Many homeless are simply down on their luck and need a little help to transition back into being self supportive. Some of these people are employed and in need of temporary housing. An important key to a successful transition can be encouraged and emphasized contractually with certain requirements. Requirements as such might specify that the use of the homes are intended for a specific duration and conditional to a number of expectations. Conditions of residency can cater to specific circumstances with incremental expectations for each resident. This would encourage growth and forward progress for each candidate with the understanding that they will be required to excel into the next stages of self reliance. Acceptable candidates who are gainfully employed can be permitted to pay market value for the same use of a dwelling while recovery is being achieved. Once again would be for a specified duration of time.

These ideas and solutions can work if refined to accommodate all conditions and circumstances as well as to be managed in such as way that provides security and safety for all residence. Additional incentives can be added for those who wish to excel at learning new trades which can be utilized in managing or maintaining facility and program infrastructures. Completing educational course requirements can be considered as compensation for the opportunity to continue residing within the Tiny home community. The ending of a persons program cycle signifies a graduation of sorts. It means that a personal plan for success has been achieved! Programs as such can be applicable for both individuals and family units. Tiny housing assistance programs as previously described would typically not include food or medical services. Facilities and organizations that do have services as such are generally considered assisted living residencies which fall under an entirely different set of legal requirements. The costs for residing in such a place can be challenging to afford and is often designated for those with a heavy savings account or income stream.

Various studies and interviews have concluded that homelessness may never really be eliminated from Earth. There will always be people who either choose to meander without a physical address and those who are deeply displaced and want a home base to live in. Having programs that provide growth based incentive assistance, (GIA), can be beneficial for entire communities, ...for tax payers and for those who are down on their luck requiring assistance.

When asked what would have prevented their homelessness, respondents reported the desire to have more resources available to them. The same concept for a growth based incentive assistance program can apply here. People instinctively take the shorter path when faced with solving a dilemma as such. Providing free assistance for prolonged periods of time is said to be far less helpful in the long run as recipients get used to a gifted and free lifestyle. How do we as a society prevent able bodied individuals from taking advantage of assistance programs?  By implementing incremental accountability programs with reasonable duration's for expectations. Some times, ... all we need, ... is a little time to fix what's broken and the incentive to proceed.

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Benefits of self reliance, ... no matter where we are

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Having a self reliant independent attitude »

Changing our perspective during uncertain times can be a difficult thing to do yet the benefits can be liberating and advantageous. Self reliance and preparedness can reduce the feelings of helplessness during chaotic times, ... especially when loosing our home becomes the focus of despair and misfortune. Eliminating a degree of uncertainty can make the difference between moving forward with confidence and a total break down of our well being.

Many people who have engaged in practices of self reliance typically educate and train themselves in what they feel would give them an advantage for when life abruptly changes. Education and training can be acquired and applied for surviving specific conditions such as homelessness with a greater level of hope and success.  While some education and training is beneficial for surviving in city type environments alternate and additional education is required for succeeding in harsh or wilderness conditions. Both environments should be addressed with the understanding that a difference exists between them. What is known to be conducive in preparations for experiencing homelessness in a city has far less value in a rural or wilderness setting and visa-versa.

Most people who have lived in and around a city or metropolitan area tend to stay within the confines of the region they are accustomed to because of the resources commonly available. When homelessness strikes the instinct is to remain within a familiar or comfortable region. This sort of behavioral default is naturally expected and practiced within most all cultures. Just the same instincts apply for those outdoorsy type. People who frequently enjoy camping or hiking adventures have a better idea as to where they might expect to find natural resources, sustenance and shelter within that environment. It is common for those types of outdoor enthusiasts to gravitate to wilderness regions where they feel the odds of success might be in their favor.

The same instinctive pattern can be found with those who have relied on family or friends for daily living and support of any kind. Those who have been accustomed to gaining help from family, friends or governments will most likely return to those sources when difficult and unfortunate times occur. Many survival minded enthusiasts have less of a desire and need for such assistance or help which is a direct benefit from being self reliant.

Major differences between these choices of preparation involve considerations for our age as well as physical and mental condition or other characteristics which may drive us to gravitate to one environment or the other. The metropolitan and city regions tend to offer more resources for those with limitations. As it is expected, ... people who become homeless may likely remain or migrate to city areas for these reasons. It is also expected that a reasonable and caring culture would accommodate and assist people with special conditions during times of despair. While this is an advantage for some people it becomes a disadvantage for others as many densely populated communities have become saturated with varying situations of homelessness. In these cases many homeless become wanderers desperately seeking areas of available refuge.

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How can self reliance apply to homeless situations?

Self-re·li·ance:   Self reliance is the ability to depend on yourself to get things done and to meet your own needs. To Rely on one's own capabilities, judgment, or resources; To be more independence.

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Several links towards the bottom of this publication can be used to explore aspects associated with how self reliance helps to reduce homeless situations. There are  basically 2 reasons in this context for wanting to become more self reliant.

1).  To prevent experiencing homelessness.

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2).  To get out of a homeless situation.

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Addressing the causes

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Loss of employment »

Loosing a job or the method of income we have grown accustomed to can either be a devastating event or something that can be positively dealt with when prepared for appropriately. Having a healthy and realistic perspective is the first thing that should be inserted within our minds in order to be adequately prepared for the loss of a job. Having a clear understanding for the reality that we are all replaceable is disappointing but necessary for a healthier outlook. For the most part, ... we all want to feel important while at work but the absolute truth is that we are subject to circumstances which are often out of our control. Successful companies routinely adapt and make adjustments to strategies based a number of factors. Strategies commonly change as a counter offensive to accommodate financial situations and goals. This often results in employees loosing their jobs.

The idea of loosing a job becomes harder and far more uncomfortable for dedicated employee's who have had their jobs for long periods of time and are often reluctant to entertaining such an idea. A common attitude projected by people who have worked for the same employer for many years often expresses their position with that of ownership. This has proven to be a disadvantage for those who have suddenly lost their jobs and were completely taken off guard. Most people tend to build their lives near or around their place of employment. We inherently invest in a home, ... new friends, ... schools and more based on the job and its location. Perspective becomes paramount when combating the loss of something which is intertwined with every aspect of our lives and what we built upon.

The effects of loosing a job goes far deeper than financial impacts. Psychological effects can be just as devastating if not more so as we experience feelings of rejection as a result of being laid off or fired. To make matters worse, ... employers have traditionally been allowed to let an employee go without notification which adds to feelings of panic when our flow of income is abruptly been cut off.

Employment is something we gain when motivated to do so, ... be it by choice or necessity. It is not an entitlement which should be provided by government administrations or anyone else despite common beliefs. Working for compensation of sorts is just the way we pay for living within societal communities. It is not conducive for a nation to allow it's government to create jobs just because people need to work. This just ends up costing a nation unnecessary money with added bureaucracy and requirements for more control. Embracing this understanding strengthens our drive towards being self reliant and more prepared for times when loosing our job is possible or becomes imminent.

Most people commonly live in a society where money is required in order to survive within a system of conformity. Citizens who choose to live in societal communities must often succumb to working for their daily survival. Once again, ... adaptation is an important aspect of preparedness and used as a buffer to soften the blow of fluctuating employment opportunities. It is an advantageous characteristic to be attentive to what is going on within the company where we are employed. It is also an advantage to keep our options open to gaining employment elsewhere when instincts depict such an action may be necessary. These mindsets are healthier than ignoring the potentials of loosing a job.

What we do to earn our income should be considered as something that can be altered or adjusted accordingly to fluctuating markets etc. Far too often people loose their jobs as a result of changing technologies and or trends. This process will most likely never change as we are a species that enjoys progression. People who practice adaptation are often engaged in advancing their personal value with further education and training. Making the assumption that our trades will go on forever is naive, unrealistic and insecure.

The expressed aforementioned content is something important for employers to grasp and fully understand as well. It is most always a life changing situation when an employee is about to be terminated or let go, ...especially without advanced notice. The process of firing an  employee has a set of consequences associated with it which can effect the employer directly be it legally or privately. People don't take kindly to immediate termination without being forewarned. Not everyone is prepared for such an event to occur in their lives so caution is always a good thing to have in such cases. People who are ultimately responsible for hiring and firing employee's should be skilled in profiling others as a safety precaution. Consequences of an unjust termination has often been proven in history to be a slippery slope and should not to be performed hardheartedly without compassion. The loss of employment often means homelessness for many families who live from pay check to paycheck. Those with family and children to support may seek retribution.

Helpful links:

How to fire an employee with compassion and respect

Self education adds to a bullet proof career plan

Eight Ways to Make Yourself More Marketable

Seven Ways to Prepare For a Job Layoff

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Drugs or alcohol use »

Drug and alcohol use can certainly interfere with a number of life's tasks, ... especially when we allow it to become a dependency that controls our lives. Most people who mildly engage in such activity either believe they do not have a problem or are certain they can manage without it being noticed. That perspective and belief system typically ends up as failable because most people are attentive to the effects for drug and alcohol exposure.  The effects of drug and alcohol use can linger into the next day and is often detected or suspected by those around us. Those who choose to arrive regularly to work while under the lingering influence are gambling with their security. Most employers give their employees multiple options for assistance when detection becomes immanent followed by ultimatums and eventual termination if not addressed accordingly. This in itself can result in the loss of employment which most often translates to a loss of income. Without the income or a way to pay for housing we can eventually become homeless.

It's no secret that drug and alcohol abuse comes with a variation of effects which often include a behavioral disconnect from responsibilities. Ignoring our responsibilities eventually leads to trouble, ...especially for those who have already established themselves in life. Regular and reoccurring abuse compounds the difficulties for day to day tasks making it all the more challenging to staying on top of things. Left UN-managed and stretched over a period of time can allow those daily challenges to grow until they are out of control. Situations as such have a tenancy to result in loosing our place of residency or becoming homeless altogether.

Solutions for dealing with homelessness resulting from drug and alcohol abuse is a multifaceted ordeal. Both issues must be addresses simultaneously. Seek housing that integrates the two so as to gain the highest levels of support, ... both socially and financially. If this sort thing isn't attractive than staying with a distant relative might be a good answer. This solution allows us the opportunity to start over in an unfamiliar region, ... free from distractions and undesired encouragement by old acquaintances. Of course, ... and as the old saying goes, ... repeating the same destructive behavior over and over again while expecting a different result each time may be the signs of insanity. In that case seek a professional who can assist with determining alternate treatment options.

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Solutions for preventing the loss of a job as a result of drugs and alcohol are not always simple but they do start with one simple understanding.

Either refrain from becoming nonchalant or obvious while at work and take responsibility for the job. Do a better job at hiding it at the very least.

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Choose to seek the appropriate assistance which can change the circumstances by removing the dependency from the equation.

Assistance can be found here  ~ http://beprepared2survive.com/survive-addiction/

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Divorce or separation »

Results from a divorce or separation has been known to cause the loss of not only property and assets but a degree of clarity and even sanity for some people. One aspect often associated with emotional events as such is the loss or deliberate self termination of employment.  The loss of employment is ranked high as one of the biggest causes for divorce. It is certainly no secret that such an event can inflict a relationship with great stress and chaos often ending in divorce. Just the same applies in the opposite direction whereas the process of a separation or divorce can result in the loss of a job. On most occasions, ... when a relationship ends there is typically someone who feels victimized by the event as the plans they had for their lives abruptly changes. This often means that a living space or home must be either divided up between the divorcing parties or one of the ex-partners is forced to leave. Events as such have the potential to force people out of their homes either by design or suddenly if a separation was abrupt and immediate.

In these cases it is smart to keep a bug out bag in a location that can be easily accessed while departing. A reasonable bug out bag is applicable for many situations and often includes items needed during chaotic transitions when leaving the home in a hurry is mandated. It is in these cases when we can find ourselves homeless.

For hopeful individuals who suspect such a situation may be temporary and reconciliation is possible, ... it would be an advantage to locate temporary housing at a relative or close friends home. A place that can be free from accusations which can cause furthering conditions of separation if allowed to manifest. If negotiations are not an option than this is when our camping skills might come in handy, ... otherwise seek assisted housing until alternate provisions can be established.

Helpful links: 

Doing what it takes to save a marriage

Is Your Marriage in Crisis?

Marriage support hotline

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Family disputes »

Family disputes can often end poorly. Similar to the results of separation and divorce a family dispute between members most certainly has the potential to cause one or more of those members to experience homelessness. The description of "family" in this context defines any set of persons residing together in the same house or dwelling. The dynamics between family members is often unique due to the length of exposure to one another over long periods of time. People who live together generally argue together. It is often necessary for people who live together to experience what is commonly referred to as "The tunnel of chaos" which is similar to a vision quest. It has been known to allow participants to work through difficult times between one another with the expectation that an understanding or agreement will be reached. It is not always comfortable to go through this process but it does help with establishing a better understanding between participants.

The big trick with arguing is to prevent and avoid doing or saying something that causes escalation which can end up with things being said that are not easily forgotten or forgiven. Having a degree of self control is greatly important when preventing a volatile situation from occurring as a result of an argument. Keep in mind that prolonged exposure to any personality can eventually provoke feelings of resentment or irritation. Human nature is funny like that. It is just another thing to be aware of, ... especially for bossy individuals who might be lacking in etiquette or personal tact known to be advantageous for refraining from emotional outbursts. Living with sociopaths is a very difficult thing to do so exercise awareness and caution before speaking abrasively using a rude or insulting attitude.

Another difficult yet truthful aspect for room mates and family to consider is related to who's name is responsible for the home and where does the money come from to  pay for it. Those who have been gifted the opportunity to live with family members and who are receiving support in this way could benefit from having a clear understanding as to what this means. Being respectful, ... even when we feel disrespected is a "must do" type of mindset which reminds us how we should behave while in someone else's home. Such a behavioral attitude adjustment can aid in preventing a build up of harsh and resentful feelings towards others which can cause inevitable action to be taken. Actions as such are often reflective of being asked to leave the place of residence which can leave us homeless for a time.  This can be prevented for the most part. Sometimes the results of eviction is mutual and certainly beneficial. Keep in mind that not everyone is easy to live with so making smarter choices is important.

Being kicked out of the home can be a life changing event which commonly happens to many young adults. It is most often because young adults lack the understanding for the hierarchy which is trying to find its way within the home. Allowing children to run a household is simply asking for challenges that we may not want in the long run and is generally not considered a great idea. Young adults are often prone to acts of defiance which can become overwhelming for the leaders of a household. Maintaining a sense of expectations for all of the residence within the home is not only reasonable but imperative as it established responsibility amongst the family members. A household must be able to function which simply means that some form of authority needs to be in place.without it chaos reigns.

Helpful links:

Being kicked out or running away

How to kick out your room mate

Living with difficult people

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Domestic violence » 

Domestic violence is one of those leading causes for homelessness which can be expected as a common result of poor treatment and disrespect. Despite how we feel about those we live with it is inevitable to have an argument with one another from time to time. Violence can be a reaction during those times if an argument is allowed to manifest itself to this level. Domestic violence can generally be curtailed by refraining from allowing an argument or dispute to change it's state of condition from an uncomfortable discussion to throwing down insults etc. When an argument escalates as such it can quickly gain momentum and become volatile ultimately leading to a physical posturing or attack. The major variables involved with an argument include considerations for who is involved. Difficult or stubborn people often challenge our patience. Those who may not be skilled with keeping patience may find it difficult to engage in arguing, ... especially with assertive individuals. Having disagreements with others is a normal part of life. Learning to navigate through these moments and behave can be challenging to say the least. Failure to maintain a calm or peaceful demeanor does not always guarantee a peaceful outcome so being prepared for a catastrophic melt down is advantageous. It is certainly a persons right to excuse themselves from a situation which is suspected as becoming volatile. A reasonable course of action is to allow a  participant to leave an argument or disagreement long enough to take the appropriate time to process what has been said. We all process information and emotions at different speeds so being fair to allow this time to process can add value and credibility to our position when the time comes to resume.

Despite our glorious efforts to prevent the swinging of arms and the launching of furniture or projectiles it is totally possible for such a situation to become violent and out of control. It is in these moments and quickly there after that consequences may become an ultimatum. Being asked or forced to leave our place of residence is one such consequence which can leave us homeless for a time. Sometimes it is for the better and sometimes it is not. Many people who do not want to leave their home will often take a passive alternative so as to prevent such an escalation. Those are the peace makers. Just to make this point clear, ... being a peace maker does not signify an agreement with the opposition. It simply means that it has been realized that an argument with a difficult person may be too futile or pointless to continue at that time.

With just the same preparations, ... it can be advantageous to keep a bug out bag with a few days worth of supplies and plan to negotiate with the other person on a different day. Until then it would be prudent to find another place to stay until ill feeling or hostilities has subsided.

Aggressors don't always win in these matters, ... especially when the police show up. The best way to prevent becoming homeless during a disagreement or argument is to refrain from provoking or participating in physical attributes associated with posturing or violent outbursts. Hands off, ... no projectiles.

Helpful links:

National domestic violence crisis hotline

10 ways to prevent domestic violence

How to stop domestic violence

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Eviction »

The concept of eviction is certainly no secret to most people. Eviction can happen to anyone despite their age, sex, race, or financial status. The process of eviction is basically enacted through a legal document by which an owner or landlord of a rental property decides they have had enough of housing one or more tenants for a specific reason. Wow, … how many reasons can you think of that might cause an eviction? There are almost too many to count so lets just cover a few. This also depends greatly on what the housing environment is such as an apartment complex, town home or house. Anyone of the following can cause an eviction process to occur.

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Common causes for eviction

 Destruction of property.

Inconsistency with not paying rent.

Failure to adhere to a rental agreement.

Dealing drugs or profound and obvious use of.

 Repetitive domestic violence with police involvement.

Harassing neighbors through repetitive bullying and constant threats.

 

Preventative measures in defense against an eviction seems like a “no brainer”. The key here is to refrain from blatantly doing any of these things and the odds of receiving an eviction notice will most likely decrease.  For times when financial difficulties arise and the potential to miss a rent payment becomes possible it becomes important to inform the property owner/manager with the intent to be open and transparent. Honesty is the best policy as the old saying goes which has far more value than deception. Most people are not ignorant to deceptive behavior.

The other side of this issue has been presented out of fairness for those who have been unjustly evicted from their place of residency. Rental property ownership does not come with shackles simply meaning that many landlords are free to commit whatever atrocities they can get away with. Yes, … laws are created to protect tenant from unjust behavior and treatment but it happens non-the less. The truth is that many property owners and managers are prying, suspicious, rude, lazy, and obsessed with creating a lot of unnecessary rules. It is always important to interview the property manager / owner to be sure they are not a severe sociopath who becomes excited by controlling everything around them. Those who have been handed an eviction notice have a few options. Protest in court or leave.

It is also important to understand that remaining within a dwelling without paying will make it more difficult to procure housing elsewhere in the future. Until housing can be found elsewhere it may become necessary to stay with family or a friend. If you are one of those who experience being turned away frequently than it may be time to re-evaluate your behavior. People are often reluctant to opening their homes if they suspect such an arrangement might include disrespect or a lack of gratitude.

Helpful links:

Get help avoiding eviction

How to evict a tenant

Get help paying bills

Loan for rent

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Mental health »

Mental health conditions account for approximately 7 % of homelessness. The list of conditions and disorders is often surprising to many who may be unfamiliar with the subject matter. There are numerous conditions that can all have an impact on daily living. Just a few of the recognized conditions are listed below.

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Common Disorders

Depression

Eating Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Alcohol/Substance Abuse

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Alcohol/Substance Dependence

Adult Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)

Bipolar Disorder: Overview, Symptoms, Major Depressive Episode, Hypomanic Episode, Manic Episode.

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Facts are facts, …. We are certainly not all the same. The diversity within humanity is vast and wide. Despite our societal attempts to place everyone in a box we must still acknowledge our differences and make accommodations for everyone if we are to succeed in unity. That includes making allowances for specifically challenged people. Each of us has intricacies within our personality that may seem at times to set us apart from others. Sometimes this gets in the way of what others consider to be normal which can result in being discriminated against, criticized, or treated unfairly. This is largely due to an ignorant belief system as we are typically indoctrinated with throughout our lives. Well, …. Who actually represents the baseline for normality anyway? Until that question has been definitively answered let’s just assume that we are all normal with our own set of intricacies. Some people are good at masking their special features while others don’t feel it is necessary to do so.

There are varying degrees of intensity for every disorder. For some people, … managing their condition does not interfere with daily living while for others performing certain tasks such as keeping a job or paying bills can be challenging to say the least.  It is in these cases that many people experience the loss of employment or their source of income. Sources of income can be either earned or gifted through an assistance program. Even those assistance programs require great amounts of paper work and regularly scheduled appointments. Sometimes this too can become difficult to manage, … especially with one of the previously mentioned disorders. Forgetfulness is one such common attribute for several disorders which can result in being dropped from a community based assistance program if we have not met or tended to the tasks of expectation. Many people with extreme mental disorders are institutionalized while others with mild or suppressed conditions are subject to managing life in a day to day world with the rest of us. This often means that those individuals experience a higher frequency of what could be described as “Hiccups” within their weekly routine. These hiccups, … in a broader sense can be described as intricacies associated with fluctuations in behavioral patterns, memory, outbursts of temper and other attributes which are known to interfere with responsible actions and duties.

A reasonable course of action for dealing with becoming homeless because of such intricacies is to first seek help for a proper evaluation.  Beneficial links have been provided with the aim to assist those concerned about mental health conditions.

Helpful links:

Symptoms and treatments of mental disorders

List of mental disorders from Wikipedia

Alphabetical list of mental disorders

Mental health crisis hotline

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Physical health and medical conditions »

It is true that the homeless population is exposed to a wide variety of risks that can result in health and medical issues.  Homeless life for the most part is difficult at best. Conditions are ripe for illnesses and physical challenges are a way of life. Personal hygiene is not always on the priority list as opportunities to address that concern is less than adequate. this state of condition can leave us with some uncomfortable medical issues known to spawn infections etc. Some of the residual effects associated with homelessness is becoming victim to repetitive physical assault which can leave a lasting mark on our ability to function to a 100%.

In just the same way, … homelessness can be a result of pre-existing health and medical conditions. Those who can relate to this situation have validated this fact that their disability was inevitably responsible for their inability to gain reasonable employment. Under these circumstance the odds of living in a livable dwelling can become harder to achieve. Those who can keep a home without being employed are either on a public assistance program or sponsored by family or friends. Without a family or friend support system many of those who are with disabilities are subject to living on the street and rely heavily on missionary outreach programs such as food kitchens and shelters. Medical conditions often come with the need for expensive treatments and medications. It is reasonable to assume that one might give up their home before compromising their health. Those who live within a lower income bracket have a hard time balancing costs for a home and exuberantly priced medications.

It is in these circumstances where those with such conditions can rely on the gifts from societal communities and receive aid when needed. Homelessness as a result of physical disabilities can happen to anyone. Sources have been provided below for consideration.

Helpful links:

Resources for Individuals with Disabilities

Homeless Emergency assistance

Housing help

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Incarceration »

Solutions intended to successfully impact homelessness caused by incarceration can be intricate and complex. Acquiring a new spark of life by developing a relationship with a loving deity has been a well-known and popular place to start. There are a couple of primary issues which must be addressed for escaping homelessness due to incarceration. Finding a home-base or adequate shelter and to functionally get beyond the social and civil implications is at the top of  the to do list. Becoming self reliant is a intricate component for success.

Incarceration and homelessness are mutual risk factors for each other. Studies and methodologies vary, but researchers generally estimate that 25 to 50% of the homeless population has a history of Incarceration. Compared to adults in the general population, a greater percentage of inmates have been previously homeless, (5% of general population versus 15% of incarcerated population with history of homelessness), illustrating that homelessness often precipitates incarceration. Greenberg and Rosenheck found that homelessness was 7.5 to 11.3 times more prevalent among jail inmates than the general population. Exiting homelessness is daunting regardless of one’s criminal record. However, individuals with past incarceration face even greater barriers to exiting homelessness due to stigmatization, policies barring them from most federal housing assistance programs, and challenges finding employment due to their criminal records. To meet basic necessities amidst these barriers, previously incarcerated individuals sometimes engage in criminal activities to get by, perpetuating the cycle of homelessness, rearrests, and incarceration.   [Reference /Source]

The U.S. has the most incarcerated people of any nation in the world. 95% of those people will eventually be released from prisons and jails. With criminal justice reform on the horizon the number released each year will be greater than in the past. Having a criminal record is a significant barrier to housing and employment and puts many people at risk of homelessness. One study found that the two factors that predicted whether someone would experience long-term homelessness was old age and arrest history.

It is vital that communities ensure that all people reentering the community have a place to call home. This means:

Working with housing providers such as housing authority and private market landlords to lower their screening criteria and provide housing to people with criminal records.

 Offering legal and housing support to formerly incarcerated people experiencing homelessness.

Creating discharge plans with the criminal justice system so no one is released to shelter or the streets.  [Reference / Source]

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Helping Ex-cons find housing

Housing assistance for felons

Resources for felons

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Housing restrictions »

Restrictive housing in this content does not refer to inmates or jail facilities. Instead the information provided here refers to restrictions found to be evident in the rental housing practices. Housing restrictions are one of those sticky and difficult barriers to overcome. Restrictions as such are not limited to what can be enforced by local housing laws or judicial systems. Some restrictions can be applied with calling them out on a legal document. Landlords can choose to disqualify candidates based on a hunch and define their rejection for reasons which will probably be backed up legally. This practice is a natural filter for protecting one’s assets from suspected tenants who might appear to be destructive or non-compliant. Restrictive housing also applies to building ordinances and private communities where certain situations are excluded or discouraged for reasons associated with real-estate values, security, income levels, age groups, ethic origins, single or family dynamics and other methods of segregation.

Solutions for combating homelessness because of increasing ordinances and practices associated with segregation are deeper than ever. Getting involved in making changes to these practices typically mean that we must engage in the legal process or influence law makers by lobbying strategically. Let’s face it, … If a property owner doesn’t like our pets or the look on our face they will find some reason for denying candidacy for renting a home.

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Lack of affordable housing »

The lack of affordable housing is certainly a huge factor to consider when dealing with problems associated with homelessness. This has been determined to cause approximately 13 to 15 percent of the homeless population without surprise. The housing market is an integral part of the economic growth for many countries and plays a significant role in determining the cost for rentals. In the United States for instance it is often suspected that rising housing markets are due to influential conditions said to be associated with intentional or deliberate escalation for reasons of personal gain. No one want to throw money and resources at a property without receiving a gain of some kind. Citizens within the United States often engage in purposeful attempts to escalate property values far beyond their worth to the point where average wage citizens have a difficult time making those rising rents. The housing market fluctuates and investors ride it like a wave, …. forcing it upward to maximize their investment only to riding it down to purchase defaulted loans etc. Bankers as well as those who purchase loans are far too familiar with this process. It can be a vicious cycle which in many cases leaves people homeless as a result. The rate at which the housing markets rise in most cases exceeds the rate of increase for employment wages therefore resulting in a heavier burden or hardship in order to make rent payments.

To make matters more cumbersome for lower income renters local and state ordinances are continually tightening which has made it less attractive for constructing low income housing. Many cities opt out of programs as such based on the strong opinion from those who are well off and influential in government decision making. Some of these people fear a degradation in property values as a result in building or creating low income housing near their neighborhoods. For the most part this is a blatant form of economic profiling and to some degree has some merit and truth associated with it. We are not all the same. How we succeed and take care of our lives is often in harmony with the rewards we are given or earn. That is often reflective of the house we afford and what neighborhoods we choose to live in. It is a status symbol of success just as it is for those who purchase higher end automobiles.

It is also common for capital funds to be misappropriated by local government agencies as they spend tax payer’s money on unnecessary expenses. It is far too often that local communities and administrations do not account for creating enough lower income housing in their budget. This can be a failure in decision making at the highest levels.

Solutions known to fight against homelessness due to economic inflation and the lack of affordable housing include but are not limited to budgeting for the creation of reasonably priced homes designated for those who register and apply for assisted housing. This is certainly a step in a positive direction and allows many homeless people to reintegrate into a functional society. Affordable housing projects can consist of those “tiny house” communities mentioned earlier in the is publication. Accountability can certainly be a prerequisite.

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6 Solutions for the affordable housing crisis

Solutions for affordable housing

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Over coming personal, mental and physical road blocks

The following statements are based on the results associated with homeless experiences which depicts a level of accountability towards changing whatever situation we might be in. Empowerment is paramount. How or what we believe about ourselves is equally potent when survival is on the line.

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Here is where the rubber meets the road as the old saying goes. It's no big secret that the human race does not lack diversity. The differences between us is what sets us apart and is what makes us so unique. That can either work in favor or against us.

Understanding characteristics as such should make it easier for us to gravitate towards becoming self reliant and independent thinkers. Despite our differences, ... we still manage to allow ourselves to fall into specific groups which can be culturally encouraged to perpetuate a changing belief system. With enough time, ... a large enough group can become the controlling influence which has the potential to change the direction of most free cultures. Those who live long enough will most likely get a chance to see it for themselves. As time moves us forward it becomes more evident to see the changes, ... not only in how we think and feel but in how we react to just about everything.

Modern societies are constantly in a state of change and therefor the belief systems are subject to change along with it. Some changes are by design while others are the result of a meandering cultural environment stagnated from the lack of hope. Now days we see much more of that which many youthful generations blame the previous for the lack of opportunities. This has been known to cause despondency amongst those younger generations following behind us.

In earlier times, ... the human race generally fought long and hard to acquire a mediocre life style at best, ... which has always been subject to administrative policies within the nation we reside in. Some governments make it harder than others.

Now days, ... the cultural experience has become something that many people take for granted and is far more demanding. The things we so desperately fought for once upon a time have simply become an expectation to received and often demanded by entitlement thinkers.

Adaptation is considered to be a natural survival instinct. It is the mysterious inner drive which motivates us into our survival mode. It is what it means to exercise responsibility, ... not only for ourselves but for others as well. It provokes the desire to separate ourselves from dependency or to role with cultural changes and expectations. It is important when over coming situations such as homelessness to except adaptation as an aspect that will improve that situation. Adverse to adaption is the idealism that others should be responsible for our living conditions and well being. To expect or demand gifts which have not been earned or paid for may not be conducive for changing a desperate situation.

When interviewed, ... many of those who were successful in getting out of a homeless situation most always replied in favor of changing or lowering their personal expectations of what others should be doing for them. Laziness is by far the biggest reason they gave for the condition they had experienced. Drug and alcohol addiction was partially to blame for laziness but was not a primary factor as many people manage to function in such conditions of self abuse. Following close behind is the infectious mindset which is defined by the expectations for governments or families to take care of their every wants and needs. One final reason which stood out were the claims people made which defended or supported their inability to feel good enough to be productive or self sufficient. Those are also the very same people who changed their lives by changing their mindset about such excuses. Though there are many who are challenged by their own limitations there are far more who take advantage of charity givers.

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Tricks to surviving homelessness

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While in a metropolitan region »

Survival tactics typically utilized and advantageous for homeless individuals living within a city or suburban area include but are not limited to:

Taking advantage of state and local assistance programs to gain food, shelter, clothing, employment and medical care.

Creating alliances within the homeless community for added support and knowledge.

Maximizing hidden treasures disguised as trash. Innovation is a key factor when stumbling upon something suspected as being useful.

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While in a rural area or the wilderness »

Survival tactics typically utilized and advantageous for homeless individuals living in rural areas include but are not limited to the following.

Having knowledge and skills to build traps and snares.

Knowing on how to use a dowsing rod or plastic bag to obtain water.

Starting a camp fire for cooking and heat.

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While living with friends or family »

Many people who have lived with family or friends for extended periods of time often describe the experience as anything between an unpleasant experience to a nightmare that should never have happened. Sometimes these experiences can feel worse than being homeless. Many such situations can lead to either prosperity or homelessness. Successful practices for surviving challenging environments as such include but are not limited to the following:

Using the 15 second rule before responding to harsh comments by your host. Taking 15 seconds of thought is advantageous for clarity and a safe return to a reasonable conversation.

Having a clear understanding for the fact that you are subject to a hierarchy as a guest for what most people hope is a short time. 

Refrain from assuming that all resources are yours to use or take without asking.

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Practical Tips And Advice Derived From Personal Experience

16 Homeless Survival Tips For How To Survive On The Streets

How to use dowsing or divining rods

Finding water underground

Water from plants & trees

Traps & snares

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Innovative ideas and campaigns to alleviate homelessness

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Homelessness is fundamentally defined by the lack of housing. Solving this issue means that an emphasis needs to focused on creating opportunities for anyone to acquire a home. This is an essential foundation to ending homelessness. Several innovative ideas have been proposed or enacted with the aim to have a positive impact to decrease homelessness. Concepts for implementing “Tiny Home” communities as mentioned previously in this publication are gaining ground and popularity. One such tiny home project is presented here by TK Devine, … a Los Angeles man who says he’s found a solution to the city’s housing crisis in the most unlikeliest of places.

TK Devine designs tiny toilet home project was featured recently in a ABC NEWS publication in April of 2017. 

Check it out here »  Porta potty homes could help solve the homeless crisis

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TK Devine website » " Our Own Backyard Homes"   http://www.ourownbackyardhomes.org/

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What works in other countries

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The are currently 196 countries in the world. Homeless rates differ from one to the next. Are there specific reasons for these differences? Absolutely!!! Homelessness is an issue for nearly every country. In recent years, the United States has increased efforts to end homelessness around the country. As the U.S. looks for new methods of handling the homelessness issue, here’s a few examples of how other countries have lowered homelessness rates.

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Japan »

In August 2014, homelessness in Tokyo hit record lows.

“Hiroki Motoda, a metropolitan government official, said support for the homeless offered by the city, including temporary housing provision and employment advice, had contributed to lowering the figure over the years,” the Wall Street Journal reported at the time.

While Japan’s homelessness issue is less racially charged, major American cities can take the lead from Tokyo — a metropolis with a population larger than New York and Los Angeles combined. The homeless population Tokyo is less than 700 according to government reports. Tokyo’s population is over 13 million (the greater Tokyo area has over 36 million residents) but in the Washington D.C. — where the population is 672,000 — there are more than 7,000 homeless people.

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Denmark »

The percentage of homeless people in Denmark is less than 0.1 percent. Denmark’s ‘housing first’ policy helps keep people — and particularly the youth — off the streets. It also matches a strategy that certain communities in the U.S. are advocating for after initial success in Utah. “[T]he public housing sector is about twenty percent of the total housing stock in Denmark,” an essay published by the University of Maryland says.

The country also prioritizes policies and funding for homeless people. Denmark gave the homeless their own cemetery and in the third largest city of Odense, researchers track volunteers to try and figure out how to place infrastructure that benefits the homeless.

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Singapore »

Singapore has “virtually no homelessness,” according to the Solutions Journal. In 1960, Lee Kuan Yew and the People’s Action Party (PAP) put together a Housing and Development Board to build 51,031 new housing units over a five year period. That legacy has lived on in modern Singapore, as government build houses were affordable enough for many residents to buy over the years.

“According to Statistics Singapore, 90 percent of Singaporeans own their own homes today and more than 80 percent live in government-built residential units,” City Lab reported.

The U.S. population could prove a stumbling block in repeating such a task but providing housing and supportive services for more than a half-million homeless Americans would still be less expensive than doing nothing.

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Canada »

In the city of Medicine Hat in Alberta, no person living without shelter goes more than 10 days before the government provides them with permanent housing. This project was started in 2009 and as of 2015 the city’s residents were almost entirely living in permanent housing. “We want to see if it’s sustainable before we announce that we’ve ended homelessness,” Mayor Ted Clugston told the Calgary Herald.

Clugston is a fiscal conservative, according to the Herald, and while he was skeptical of the plan at first, results have changed his mind.

“It makes financial sense. That’s how I had my epiphany and was converted,” he said. “You can actually save money by giving somebody some dignity and giving them a place to live.”

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Resources

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Developing self reliance

Educating for self reliance

Examples of being self reliant

Self reliance helps the homeless

10 step plan to end homelessness

Helping people to help themselves

Dictionary definition of self reliance

Accomplishing and preparing to be re-educated

A step towards self reliance Transitional housing

Sustainable homeless shelter teaches self reliance

Countries leading the way in solving homelessness

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