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Old 01-21-2019, 11:31 AM
 
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Maybe go to a city that has an active homeless shelter. The homeless shelters have connections for other free services and jobs. You are too young to receive Social Security yet, and I am not sure that you qualify. You may certainly qualify for welfare. $400.00-$500.00 is not enough to live on. That may last you a month if you are lucky.
California is one of the stupidest states in the U.S. We give the poor everything, and the weather is decent. Our state is going bankrupt, so come on down.
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Old 01-21-2019, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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In your situation and with no particular connection to Austin Id advise against it. Low income and no income people are already feeling the pinch. Texas is trying to find a way to take care of its native low income people not take on more.

Maybe search for a non profit or something similar as you need many things.
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Old 01-21-2019, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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I have maybe $400-500 to go back with.
I am 58 now and I'm not as fit as I used to be. I am not as cut out for work that requires heavy lifting anymore. I know my situation is far from perfect. I am just looking for advice.

It is not written in stone where I want to go, but Austin was a choice that sounded good to me. I am very flexible where I could go.

You'd spend all your savings in housing. No. Go to another city.
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Old 01-21-2019, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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May I suggest Louisiana. There currently is an industrial boom occurring in Lake Charles, unemployment is near 0% and housing, while expensive for Louisiana, is much cheaper than here and property taxes are virtually non-existent there.

You could probably rent a carriage house (place above a garage) for a couple hundred a month. Then try to get a job at the plants or casino. It may buy you two months to get your act together.
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Old 01-22-2019, 03:41 PM
 
Location: South Austin, 78745
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So due to certain circumstances I am about to return to America with no job or home to go back to and very little money. I have very little money but may be able to arrange a month stay in a shared house to start me out. I am planning on staying in Austin, TX. But I am really looking for advice on how to find a job and get set up within that time in Austin. I have never lived there previously, and I have no connections. I am scared of becoming homeless. I have few qualifications but I have worked in a number of industries previously - however I have long gap in my employment as was taking care of my parents before they passed.

I am 58 years old, an American citizen and have been living in the UK for a number of months since my parents passed.
What kind of work are you looking for? You might be able to find a manufacturing job at a place like NXP or Samsung. I don't think Dell has a manufacturing facility in Austin anymore, but there are a few more more manufactuers in the region, but not many. Those places pay the best in Austin for somebody without a college degree or a skilled trade. And the benefits are the best. The best health insurance, good 401k plans, and lots of paid time off the longer you work there. I think you might have to go thru a place like Manpower to get your foot in the door at one of those places, but after 90 days if you prove to be a good dependable worker, you'll get hired on by the manufacturer as a permenent emlpoyee.

Other than that little bit of manufacturing, Austin is not a blue-collar town. If you don't have a skilled trade or a college degree you probably won't find a job that pays more $11 or $12 an hour. I don't know if there are any apartments that rent for less than $900 a month in Austin metro. That would be very tight budget and almost impossible to do without a 2nd income.

If you're a blue collar or service worker and you want to be in Texas, Houston would be a better choice than Austin. It's more industrial and the pay is alot better and the rent is cheaper in Houston, but not by alot.

Good luck, whatever you decide to do.
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Old 01-22-2019, 09:29 PM
 
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San Antonio could be a cheaper option also if you just wanna be close to Austin and then you can possibly make the move to Austin once you get back on your feet.

I've seen several studios for less than 500 a month.
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:23 PM
 
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What kind of work are you looking for? You might be able to find a manufacturing job at a place like NXP or Samsung. I don't think Dell has a manufacturing facility in Austin anymore, but there are a few more more manufactuers in the region, but not many. Those places pay the best in Austin for somebody without a college degree or a skilled trade. And the benefits are the best. The best health insurance, good 401k plans, and lots of paid time off the longer you work there. I think you might have to go thru a place like Manpower to get your foot in the door at one of those places, but after 90 days if you prove to be a good dependable worker, you'll get hired on by the manufacturer as a permenent emlpoyee.

Other than that little bit of manufacturing, Austin is not a blue-collar town. If you don't have a skilled trade or a college degree you probably won't find a job that pays more $11 or $12 an hour. I don't know if there are any apartments that rent for less than $900 a month in Austin metro. That would be very tight budget and almost impossible to do without a 2nd income.

If you're a blue collar or service worker and you want to be in Texas, Houston would be a better choice than Austin. It's more industrial and the pay is alot better and the rent is cheaper in Houston, but not by alot.

Good luck, whatever you decide to do.

Blue collar in austin is construction. There is pretty much an infinite number of construction and landscaping jobs. I have no idea how to land a job like that, but I might try

1) hang out at home depot with the mexican day laborers

2) call various construction companies.

3) go around and find a company building a house and see if you can get a job
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Old 01-25-2019, 08:10 AM
 
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Do you have family anywhere in the US? Friends? I would relocate near one of them first. You need help to find a reasonable place, maybe rent a room from one of them while you look for work. Without family it will be difficult. Without car, you need to be able to use a bus to get around. So look for a city that has good bus routes. There are food pantries you can get food at, that will help make your money last. How long have you been in England?
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Old 01-26-2019, 11:18 AM
 
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Do you have family anywhere in the US? Friends? I would relocate near one of them first. You need help to find a reasonable place, maybe rent a room from one of them while you look for work. Without family it will be difficult. Without car, you need to be able to use a bus to get around. So look for a city that has good bus routes. There are food pantries you can get food at, that will help make your money last. How long have you been in England?
It's complicated. I have not been in England for very long but I came back here as a visitor to see my wife.
I can't afford to apply for a visa to stay in the UK with my wife - who is also very ill and is in no state to move to America with the price of health costs. I only planned to visit the UK over Christmas but with my parents dying not long after each other, I decided to stay longer but I am only a visitor, so I do need to return in February with nothing left to go back to. I am constantly looking for advice right now because I am unsure what to do. I have nobody in America who can help me. I have brothers but they do not want to help me. There are a lot of issues at present and not very much seems to be in my favour.
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:10 PM
 
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If you're dead set on the Austin area, Amazon's SAT2 Fulfillment Center down in San Marcos has a $15/hr. minimum wage. The hiring process can take from 10 days to 1 month, but the hiring is a little sluggish right now. Things will pick in March as tax returns start rolling in. I think it would be a good place to on your feet. PM me if you want the link.
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