History UsefulNotes / Homelessness

10th May '18 3:48:10 PM angie710
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* ''The unwillingly and temporarily homeless/houseless'': What happens if your home burns down/gets knocked down in a quake/gets flooded/gets torn to pieces by a tornado and you don't have insurance/it's not paying you yet (or an UnclePennybags who steps in and starts signing checks that don't bounce?) What happens if your bank or mortgage company or landlord decides to take your money and your property? What happens if you or someone else made an absolutely bad decision regarding a roommate? What if you lost your job and can't get another fast? What if you're a minor, and [[IHaveNoSon your parents disown you and kick you out of the house]] (because of your sexuality, or for disobedience or bad grades, or refusing an ArrangedMarriage, or losing your virginity before marriage), and you have no friends or relatives that are willing or able to provide you with a place to live? What if you live in a country that doesn't have socialized medicine, and your insurance company won't pay for your medications or treatment, or you don't have insurance but you (or a family member) are dealing/have recently dealt with a serious illness or injury? What if you were living with a spouse or significant other, and things ended ''very'' badly, leaving you with nowhere to go? What if your landlord decides he or she would rather have a vacation rental than long-term tenants (because MoneyDearBoy) and evicts you for a BS reason (or no reason at all)? For these and many other reasons, you may end up as this - and ''anyone can'' in much of the world, especially in places where getting a new place takes high deposits, lots of money, a golden credit score and property record, references, and more. What defines this type of homelessness is that the person seeks a place to live, they usually have the ability to pay - except they lack credit, or are living paycheck to paycheck for example - and while they may move frequently (due to roommates moving out, getting married or divorced, whatever gave them their home situation changing) and therefore seem "unstable," they want a place to live, can reasonably keep it up and do what it takes to live in a place without destroying it, and are socialized as people for whom having a stable address and place to live is important. For many of them, homelessness is a deeply personal tragedy and occasionally a shameful one - that they wish to hide and cover for and not be "associated" with.

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* ''The unwillingly and temporarily homeless/houseless'': What happens if your home burns down/gets knocked down in a quake/gets flooded/gets torn to pieces by a tornado and you don't have insurance/it's not paying you yet (or an UnclePennybags who steps in and starts signing checks that don't bounce?) What happens if your bank or mortgage company or landlord decides to take your money and your property? What happens if you or someone else made an absolutely bad decision regarding a roommate? What if you lost your job and can't get another fast? What if you're a minor, and [[IHaveNoSon your parents disown you and kick you out of the house]] (because of your sexuality, or for disobedience or bad grades, or refusing an ArrangedMarriage, or losing your virginity before marriage), and you have no friends or relatives that are willing or able to provide you with a place to live? What if you live in a country that doesn't have socialized medicine, and your insurance company won't pay for your medications or treatment, or you don't have insurance but you (or a family member) are dealing/have recently dealt with a serious illness or injury? What if you were living with a spouse or significant other, and things ended ''very'' badly, leaving you with nowhere to go? What if your landlord decides he or she would rather have a vacation rental than long-term tenants (because MoneyDearBoy) and evicts you for a BS reason (or no reason at all)? What if you got sent to {{Prison}}, did your time, and got out, but in the meantime, you lost the home or apartment you were living in, and no one will rent to you or offer you a home loan because of your criminal record? For these and many other reasons, you may end up as this - and ''anyone can'' in much of the world, especially in places where getting a new place takes high deposits, lots of money, a golden credit score and property record, references, and more. What defines this type of homelessness is that the person seeks a place to live, they usually have the ability to pay - except they lack credit, or are living paycheck to paycheck for example - and while they may move frequently (due to roommates moving out, getting married or divorced, whatever gave them their home situation changing) and therefore seem "unstable," they want a place to live, can reasonably keep it up and do what it takes to live in a place without destroying it, and are socialized as people for whom having a stable address and place to live is important. For many of them, homelessness is a deeply personal tragedy and occasionally a shameful one - that they wish to hide and cover for and not be "associated" with.
10th May '18 3:41:57 PM angie710
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* ''The unwillingly and temporarily homeless/houseless'': What happens if your home burns down/gets knocked down in a quake/gets flooded/gets torn to pieces by a tornado and you don't have insurance/it's not paying you yet (or an UnclePennybags who steps in and starts signing checks that don't bounce?) What happens if your bank or mortgage company or landlord decides to take your money and your property? What happens if you or someone else made an absolutely bad decision regarding a roommate? What if you lost your job and can't get another fast? What if you're a minor, and [[IHaveNoSon your parents disown you and kick you out of the house]] (because of your sexuality, or for disobedience or bad grades, or refusing an ArrangedMarriage, or losing your virginity before marriage), and you have no friends or relatives that are willing or able to provide you with a place to live? For these and many other reasons, you may end up as this - and ''anyone can'' in much of the world, especially in places where getting a new place takes high deposits, lots of money, a golden credit score and property record, references, and more. What defines this type of homelessness is that the person seeks a place to live, they usually have the ability to pay - except they lack credit, or are living paycheck to paycheck for example - and while they may move frequently (due to roommates moving out, getting married or divorced, whatever gave them their home situation changing) and therefore seem "unstable," they want a place to live, can reasonably keep it up and do what it takes to live in a place without destroying it, and are socialized as people for whom having a stable address and place to live is important. For many of them, homelessness is a deeply personal tragedy and occasionally a shameful one - that they wish to hide and cover for and not be "associated" with.

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* ''The unwillingly and temporarily homeless/houseless'': What happens if your home burns down/gets knocked down in a quake/gets flooded/gets torn to pieces by a tornado and you don't have insurance/it's not paying you yet (or an UnclePennybags who steps in and starts signing checks that don't bounce?) What happens if your bank or mortgage company or landlord decides to take your money and your property? What happens if you or someone else made an absolutely bad decision regarding a roommate? What if you lost your job and can't get another fast? What if you're a minor, and [[IHaveNoSon your parents disown you and kick you out of the house]] (because of your sexuality, or for disobedience or bad grades, or refusing an ArrangedMarriage, or losing your virginity before marriage), and you have no friends or relatives that are willing or able to provide you with a place to live? What if you live in a country that doesn't have socialized medicine, and your insurance company won't pay for your medications or treatment, or you don't have insurance but you (or a family member) are dealing/have recently dealt with a serious illness or injury? What if you were living with a spouse or significant other, and things ended ''very'' badly, leaving you with nowhere to go? What if your landlord decides he or she would rather have a vacation rental than long-term tenants (because MoneyDearBoy) and evicts you for a BS reason (or no reason at all)? For these and many other reasons, you may end up as this - and ''anyone can'' in much of the world, especially in places where getting a new place takes high deposits, lots of money, a golden credit score and property record, references, and more. What defines this type of homelessness is that the person seeks a place to live, they usually have the ability to pay - except they lack credit, or are living paycheck to paycheck for example - and while they may move frequently (due to roommates moving out, getting married or divorced, whatever gave them their home situation changing) and therefore seem "unstable," they want a place to live, can reasonably keep it up and do what it takes to live in a place without destroying it, and are socialized as people for whom having a stable address and place to live is important. For many of them, homelessness is a deeply personal tragedy and occasionally a shameful one - that they wish to hide and cover for and not be "associated" with.
9th May '18 5:03:19 PM angie710
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* ''The unwillingly and temporarily homeless/houseless'': What happens if your home burns down/gets knocked down in a quake/gets flooded/gets torn to pieces by a tornado and you don't have insurance/it's not paying you yet (or an UnclePennybags who steps in and starts signing checks that don't bounce?) What happens if your bank or mortgage company or landlord decides to take your money and your property? What happens if you or someone else made an absolutely bad decision regarding a roommate? What if you lost your job and can't get another fast? For these and many other reasons, you may end up as this - and ''anyone can'' in much of the world, especially in places where getting a new place takes high deposits, lots of money, a golden credit score and property record, references, and more. What defines this type of homelessness is that the person seeks a place to live, they usually have the ability to pay - except they lack credit, or are living paycheck to paycheck for example - and while they may move frequently (due to roommates moving out, getting married or divorced, whatever gave them their home situation changing) and therefore seem "unstable," they want a place to live, can reasonably keep it up and do what it takes to live in a place without destroying it, and are socialized as people for whom having a stable address and place to live is important. For many of them, homelessness is a deeply personal tragedy and occasionally a shameful one - that they wish to hide and cover for and not be "associated" with.

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* ''The unwillingly and temporarily homeless/houseless'': What happens if your home burns down/gets knocked down in a quake/gets flooded/gets torn to pieces by a tornado and you don't have insurance/it's not paying you yet (or an UnclePennybags who steps in and starts signing checks that don't bounce?) What happens if your bank or mortgage company or landlord decides to take your money and your property? What happens if you or someone else made an absolutely bad decision regarding a roommate? What if you lost your job and can't get another fast? What if you're a minor, and [[IHaveNoSon your parents disown you and kick you out of the house]] (because of your sexuality, or for disobedience or bad grades, or refusing an ArrangedMarriage, or losing your virginity before marriage), and you have no friends or relatives that are willing or able to provide you with a place to live? For these and many other reasons, you may end up as this - and ''anyone can'' in much of the world, especially in places where getting a new place takes high deposits, lots of money, a golden credit score and property record, references, and more. What defines this type of homelessness is that the person seeks a place to live, they usually have the ability to pay - except they lack credit, or are living paycheck to paycheck for example - and while they may move frequently (due to roommates moving out, getting married or divorced, whatever gave them their home situation changing) and therefore seem "unstable," they want a place to live, can reasonably keep it up and do what it takes to live in a place without destroying it, and are socialized as people for whom having a stable address and place to live is important. For many of them, homelessness is a deeply personal tragedy and occasionally a shameful one - that they wish to hide and cover for and not be "associated" with.
23rd Jan '17 12:49:11 PM Twiddler
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** Level of hygiene: Generally pretty good. The culture within this group is that staying at least somewhat clean and ''not visibly homeless'' is important - hence, people in it will do their best to try to find proper toilets and showers and use laundromats, and keep their bodies and clothes relatively clean and well-maintained. There may be a day or two that's a temporary exception (e.g. the campground showers were closed, the money for laundry had to go to something else) but generally this is the group with the best hygeine - and some people may even be SuperOCD about hygeine because they fear being seen as "homeless."

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** Level of hygiene: Generally pretty good. The culture within this group is that staying at least somewhat clean and ''not visibly homeless'' is important - hence, people in it will do their best to try to find proper toilets and showers and use laundromats, and keep their bodies and clothes relatively clean and well-maintained. There may be a day or two that's a temporary exception (e.g. the campground showers were closed, the money for laundry had to go to something else) but generally this is the group with the best hygeine hygiene - and some people may even be SuperOCD about hygeine hygiene because they fear being seen as "homeless."



** Level of hygeine?: Normal to average. They may not worry so much about what they look like (because they may have no reason to care what people think about them) but they don't neglect themselves to any kind of obviously extreme degree. They almost always have access to showers and sinks and toilets, and for the rich "location independent lifestylers" or travelers, often far better than most "stably housed" people do.

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** Level of hygeine?: hygiene?: Normal to average. They may not worry so much about what they look like (because they may have no reason to care what people think about them) but they don't neglect themselves to any kind of obviously extreme degree. They almost always have access to showers and sinks and toilets, and for the rich "location independent lifestylers" or travelers, often far better than most "stably housed" people do.



** Level of hygeine?: Varies dependent on group. Travellers and nomadic culture residents generally tend to be average, because they usually travel in caravans with access to showers/toilets/the like. Festival travelers can have this if they're on the higher end of money, but can be low-hygeine too, especially after a long event. Traveling punks and hobos can swing wildly between absolutely abominable hygeine to being relatively clean - depending on their personal interest in doing so and their access to bathroom and shower facilities.

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** Level of hygeine?: hygiene?: Varies dependent on group. Travellers and nomadic culture residents generally tend to be average, because they usually travel in caravans with access to showers/toilets/the like. Festival travelers can have this if they're on the higher end of money, but can be low-hygeine low-hygiene too, especially after a long event. Traveling punks and hobos can swing wildly between absolutely abominable hygeine hygiene to being relatively clean - depending on their personal interest in doing so and their access to bathroom and shower facilities.



** Where do these homeless people live?: The streets, illegal campouts, occasionally squats, and homeless shelters. Occasionally those with better hygeine and some money may go for 24 hour buildings if they can be/pass for legitimate occupants/get someone to excuse their presence.
** Level of hygeine?: Those who are not severely mentally ill or incredibly financially compromised will try to find toilets and showers and/or do laundry whenever possible. Those who are severely mentally ill or heavily drug-addicted or financially compromised and absolutely unable to get any money at all may not be able to use showers or even toilets or sinks anywhere, may not even care for the state of their bodies or clothes or similar, etcetera. Hygeine can range from best possible but subpar (e.g. the person looks a little dirty) to absolute NightmareFuel levels of filth.
** ''This'' is the group that contains the stereotypical CrazyHomelessPeople, simply because it is where they tend to fall in due to their addictions and illnesses and lack of hygeine and healthcare and similar - but ''not even everyone in it'' is that. Some of the people within this group are definitely ''not'' CrazyHomelessPeople - they may have been long-time homeless but their situation is exclusively financial, and/or they simply lack family and friends who could double up with them and are homeless too long (and known as such) to establish trust with roommates or similar, or they have a substance addiction such as alcoholism or opiate addiction but would be a FunctionalAddict if housed.

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** Where do these homeless people live?: The streets, illegal campouts, occasionally squats, and homeless shelters. Occasionally those with better hygeine hygiene and some money may go for 24 hour buildings if they can be/pass for legitimate occupants/get someone to excuse their presence.
** Level of hygeine?: hygiene?: Those who are not severely mentally ill or incredibly financially compromised will try to find toilets and showers and/or do laundry whenever possible. Those who are severely mentally ill or heavily drug-addicted or financially compromised and absolutely unable to get any money at all may not be able to use showers or even toilets or sinks anywhere, may not even care for the state of their bodies or clothes or similar, etcetera. Hygeine Hygiene can range from best possible but subpar (e.g. the person looks a little dirty) to absolute NightmareFuel levels of filth.
** ''This'' is the group that contains the stereotypical CrazyHomelessPeople, simply because it is where they tend to fall in due to their addictions and illnesses and lack of hygeine hygiene and healthcare and similar - but ''not even everyone in it'' is that. Some of the people within this group are definitely ''not'' CrazyHomelessPeople - they may have been long-time homeless but their situation is exclusively financial, and/or they simply lack family and friends who could double up with them and are homeless too long (and known as such) to establish trust with roommates or similar, or they have a substance addiction such as alcoholism or opiate addiction but would be a FunctionalAddict if housed.
29th Sep '13 9:37:16 AM jate88
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When you hear the word "homeless," what do you think of? CrazyHomelessPeople? Someone who is a hobo or vagrant WalkingTheEarth? Someone or some group of people, who, through some sort of disaster or tragedy, are suddenly (but usually, in Hollywood portrayals, temporarily) without a home? Real homelessness encompasses those people and more, and this page exists to enlighten about what homelessness is and what its different forms are, who homeless people are aside from stereotypes, and to dispel some of the worst myths about homelessness. It isn't going to be very heavy on statistics about homelessness (unless someone wishes to add those).

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When you hear the word "homeless," what do you think of? CrazyHomelessPeople? Someone who is a hobo or vagrant WalkingTheEarth? Someone or some group of people, who, through some sort of disaster or tragedy, are suddenly (but usually, in Hollywood portrayals, temporarily) without a home? Real homelessness encompasses those people and more, and this page exists to enlighten about what homelessness is and what its different forms are, who homeless people are aside from stereotypes, and to dispel some of the worst myths about homelessness. It isn't going to be very heavy on statistics about homelessness (unless someone wishes to add those).
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The following list of groups of different people is not meant to be exhaustive (and you can add your own): it's simply here to give an example of the variance of homeless/houseless people.

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The following list of groups of different people is not meant to be exhaustive (and you can add your own): it's exhaustive. It's simply here to give an example of the variance of homeless/houseless people.
5th Jun '13 1:03:51 PM BlackCoyote
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** Where do these homeless/houseless people live?: In their homes, when and if they have them. Otherwise, if they're lucky, "doubling up" with friends and/or family until their situation improves (the next paycheck comes, the insurance finally pays up, they find new roommates or a place that will let them move in). If they have enough money, the NoTellMotel or other very low standards properties are an option, as are various sorts of vehicles. Squats and camping are generally the last-ditch options, along with "creative indooring" such as staying in 24 hour establishments like cafes and college libraries and similar (and doing their best to seem fairly normal in doing so). They ''might'' occasionally spend a night or day outdoors or on public transit or such, but it's rare and almost always only done when no other option is available.

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** Where do these homeless/houseless people live?: In their homes, when and if they have them. Otherwise, if they're lucky, "doubling up" with friends and/or family until their situation improves (the next paycheck comes, the insurance finally pays up, they find new roommates or a place that will let them move in). in.) If they have enough money, the NoTellMotel or other very low standards properties are an option, as are various sorts of vehicles. Squats Squats, homeless shelters, and camping are generally the last-ditch options, along with "creative indooring" such as staying in 24 hour establishments like cafes and college libraries and similar (and doing their best to seem fairly normal in doing so). They ''might'' occasionally spend a night or day outdoors or on public transit or such, but it's rare and almost always only done when no other option is available.
25th Apr '13 1:10:19 AM RevolutionStone
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*** On that note, it can be argued that even many addicts even in this group actually aren't "crazy," because substance use is itself a coping mechanism, albeit a very bad and short-sighted one, and that the sociopersonal skills needed to acquire substances such as finding a connection for drugs or successfully panhandling for alcohol and the social context of usage such as drinking with buddies or shooting up with a boyfriend are things that people ''truly and permanently'' detached from reality and incapable of intelligent action, planning function, or thought ''cannot accomplish.'' In other words, if someone is capable of begging for cash and convincing people it's needed and not getting arrested while doing so, finding and going to a liquor store or seeking out a drug dealer who isn't a cop, and then drinking or using drugs with other people - all of that requires at least some level of base sanity and coherence.

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*** On that note, it can be argued that even many addicts even in this group actually aren't "crazy," because substance use is itself a coping mechanism, albeit a very bad and short-sighted one, and that the sociopersonal skills needed to acquire substances such as finding a connection for drugs or successfully panhandling for alcohol and the social context of usage such as drinking with buddies or shooting up with a boyfriend are things that people ''truly and permanently'' detached from reality and incapable of intelligent action, planning function, or thought ''cannot accomplish.'' In other words, if someone is capable of begging for cash and convincing people it's needed and not getting arrested while doing so, finding and going to a bar or liquor store that doesn't kick them out for being obviously "trouble" or seeking out a drug dealer who isn't a cop, and then drinking or using drugs with other people - all of that requires at least some level of base sanity and coherence.
25th Apr '13 1:09:18 AM RevolutionStone
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** ''This'' is the group that contains the stereotypical CrazyHomelessPeople, simply because it is where they tend to fall in due to their addictions and illnesses and lack of hygeine and healthcare and similar - but ''not even everyone in it'' is that. Some of the people within this group are definitely ''not'' CrazyHomelessPeople - they may have been long-time homeless but their situation is exclusively financial, and/or they simply lack family and friends who could double up with them and are homeless too long (and known as such) to establish trust with roommates or similar, or they have a substance addiction such as alcoholism or opiate addiction but would be FunctionalAddicts if housed.
*** (It can be argued that even many addicts actually aren't "crazy," because substance use is itself a coping mechanism, albeit a very bad and short-sighted one, and that the sociopersonal skills needed to acquire substances such as finding a connection for drugs or successfully panhandling for alcohol and the social context of usage such as drinking with buddies or shooting up with a boyfriend are things that people ''truly and permanently'' detached from reality and incapable of intelligent action, planning function, or thought ''cannot accomplish.'' In other words, if someone is capable of begging for cash and convincing people it's needed and not getting arrested while doing so, finding and going to a liquor store or seeking out a drug dealer who isn't a cop, and then drinking or using drugs with other people - all of that requires at least some level of base sanity and coherence.)

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** ''This'' is the group that contains the stereotypical CrazyHomelessPeople, simply because it is where they tend to fall in due to their addictions and illnesses and lack of hygeine and healthcare and similar - but ''not even everyone in it'' is that. Some of the people within this group are definitely ''not'' CrazyHomelessPeople - they may have been long-time homeless but their situation is exclusively financial, and/or they simply lack family and friends who could double up with them and are homeless too long (and known as such) to establish trust with roommates or similar, or they have a substance addiction such as alcoholism or opiate addiction but would be FunctionalAddicts a FunctionalAddict if housed.
*** (It On that note, it can be argued that even many addicts even in this group actually aren't "crazy," because substance use is itself a coping mechanism, albeit a very bad and short-sighted one, and that the sociopersonal skills needed to acquire substances such as finding a connection for drugs or successfully panhandling for alcohol and the social context of usage such as drinking with buddies or shooting up with a boyfriend are things that people ''truly and permanently'' detached from reality and incapable of intelligent action, planning function, or thought ''cannot accomplish.'' In other words, if someone is capable of begging for cash and convincing people it's needed and not getting arrested while doing so, finding and going to a liquor store or seeking out a drug dealer who isn't a cop, and then drinking or using drugs with other people - all of that requires at least some level of base sanity and coherence.)
25th Apr '13 1:08:36 AM RevolutionStone
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** ''This'' is the group that contains the stereotypical CrazyHomelessPeople, simply because it is where they tend to fall in due to their addictions and illnesses and lack of hygeine and healthcare and similar - but ''not even everyone in it'' is that. Some of the people within this group are definitely ''not'' CrazyHomelessPeople - they may have been long-time homeless but their situation is exclusively financial, and/or they simply lack family and friends who could double up with them and are homeless too long (and known as such) to establish trust with roommates or similar.

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** ''This'' is the group that contains the stereotypical CrazyHomelessPeople, simply because it is where they tend to fall in due to their addictions and illnesses and lack of hygeine and healthcare and similar - but ''not even everyone in it'' is that. Some of the people within this group are definitely ''not'' CrazyHomelessPeople - they may have been long-time homeless but their situation is exclusively financial, and/or they simply lack family and friends who could double up with them and are homeless too long (and known as such) to establish trust with roommates or similar.similar, or they have a substance addiction such as alcoholism or opiate addiction but would be FunctionalAddicts if housed.
*** (It can be argued that even many addicts actually aren't "crazy," because substance use is itself a coping mechanism, albeit a very bad and short-sighted one, and that the sociopersonal skills needed to acquire substances such as finding a connection for drugs or successfully panhandling for alcohol and the social context of usage such as drinking with buddies or shooting up with a boyfriend are things that people ''truly and permanently'' detached from reality and incapable of intelligent action, planning function, or thought ''cannot accomplish.'' In other words, if someone is capable of begging for cash and convincing people it's needed and not getting arrested while doing so, finding and going to a liquor store or seeking out a drug dealer who isn't a cop, and then drinking or using drugs with other people - all of that requires at least some level of base sanity and coherence.)
14th Apr '13 4:22:27 AM aurora369
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* ''The willingly and temporarily homeless/houseless'' Maybe they wanted to go on a vacation and not pay rent/a mortgage while traveling, and just get a new place where they decide to settle. Maybe they just haven't found a place to settle yet. Maybe they're working on assignment or traveling on tour and either can't afford or don't want a "home base" they have to pay for. Maybe they are believers in the "location independent lifestyle" or devoted travelers/tourists. Hippie hitch-hikers and the like also fit in this category, and during the rest of time they are either normal or temporarily homeless. These people generally have money - they just don't want to spend it on a permanent location for the time being.
** Where do these homeless/houseless people live?: Those with more money live in hotels, motels, upmarket sublets and temporary rentals, really well made RVs and tour buses and the like. Those with less money prefer the NoTellMotel or something just slightly better, their van/camper/rundown travel trailer or RV. Hitch-hikers, campers and the like can use camping gear or homes of someone else they know in town. They are more "addressless" than truly "homeless/houseless," because they have a certain place to sleep every night - even if it's temporary or incredibly subpar.

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* ''The willingly and temporarily homeless/houseless'' Maybe they wanted to go on a vacation and not pay rent/a mortgage while traveling, and just get a new place where they decide to settle. Maybe they just haven't found a place to settle yet. Maybe they're working on assignment or traveling on tour and either can't afford or don't want a "home base" they have to pay for. Maybe they are believers in the "location independent lifestyle" or devoted travelers/tourists. Hippie hitch-hikers and the like may also fit in this category, category or the next one, and during the rest of time they are either normal or temporarily homeless. These people generally have money - they just don't want to spend it on a permanent location for the time being.
** Where do these homeless/houseless people live?: Those with more money live in hotels, motels, upmarket sublets and temporary rentals, really well made RVs and tour buses and the like. Those with less money prefer the NoTellMotel or something just slightly better, their van/camper/rundown travel trailer or RV. Hitch-hikers, campers and the like can use camping gear or homes of someone else they know in town. They are more "addressless" than truly "homeless/houseless," because they have a certain place to sleep every night - even if it's temporary or incredibly subpar.
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