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Old 03-06-2011, 06:58 AM
 
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I'm 26 years old and I will soon be homeless. After doing a bit of research, I don't think homeless shelters will be an option for me.

I have a job, but it's less than part time, as they only schedule me for one or two days out of the week, paying minimum wage at $7.25 an hour.

I feel that it would be easier to be invisible migrating through the streets than it would be in a fixed area, like a homeless shelter filled with crime, beg bugs, lice, assault, and rape (as I've read).

I have a bit of money in my bank account, a duffle bag, clothes, hygiene products, and my student card to ride the Tarc for free. I will also try my hardest to upkeep myself, as I do now.

Crashing with other people is not an option. I would rather be a bum on the street than to put myself in a situation to where my staying would possibly drag another person's living situation down, or to put myself in a situation where one would call me a free loader.

I'm not the type of person to accept help (other than word of advice from others) because what I've learned through observation is that these are usually (not always), the same type of people who love to bring it up against you in a way that will make one feel inferior, or in a way that they actually think they're superior over you.

So where can I go?

Now I know that it's not safe to live on Louisville's streets, but in case there is a place less likely to get hurt, I would like to know.
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:05 AM
 
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Please answer within the first few hours if you can because after this, I'm not sure as to when I will be able to respond.

I will be giving my laptop away for a friend to hold for me because I don't want to get it stolen while I'm homeless. For some odd reason, there's a feeling in my heart that I need to hold onto it, as it contains many documents and plans for a business dream that I have.

Also, after I leave this place, it's not guaranteed that I will get to a place with internet access right away.
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:18 PM
 
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Please answer within the first few hours if you can because after this, I'm not sure as to when I will be able to respond.

I will be giving my laptop away for a friend to hold for me because I don't want to get it stolen while I'm homeless. For some odd reason, there's a feeling in my heart that I need to hold onto it, as it contains many documents and plans for a business dream that I have.

Also, after I leave this place, it's not guaranteed that I will get to a place with internet access right away.
geez, can't that friend allow you time to get on your feet and let you sleep on their couch for a bit? If you had nowhere to go, I would lean towards sleeping in Cherokee Park. Make sure you stay far enough off the road that police could not see you. That area is very safe and away from the riff raff of the homeless that live downtown, and the area is of course very walkable and well connected to TARC with the Bardstown lines being perhaps the most serviceable in the metro. Good luck to you!
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:29 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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I know you don't want to stay with friends - but it will be easier to work out of your situation if you aren't on the streets. If you can get anadditional part time job, it would help - and it is going to be difficult to maintain yourself in interview condition if you are on the streets.

My heart goes out to you and I will keep my fingers crossed for you.
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:11 PM
 
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I'm 26 years old and I will soon be homeless. After doing a bit of research, I don't think homeless shelters will be an option for me.

I have a job, but it's less than part time, as they only schedule me for one or two days out of the week, paying minimum wage at $7.25 an hour.

I feel that it would be easier to be invisible migrating through the streets than it would be in a fixed area, like a homeless shelter filled with crime, beg bugs, lice, assault, and rape (as I've read).

I have a bit of money in my bank account, a duffle bag, clothes, hygiene products, and my student card to ride the Tarc for free. I will also try my hardest to upkeep myself, as I do now.

Crashing with other people is not an option. I would rather be a bum on the street than to put myself in a situation to where my staying would possibly drag another person's living situation down, or to put myself in a situation where one would call me a free loader.

I'm not the type of person to accept help (other than word of advice from others) because what I've learned through observation is that these are usually (not always), the same type of people who love to bring it up against you in a way that will make one feel inferior, or in a way that they actually think they're superior over you.

So where can I go?

Now I know that it's not safe to live on Louisville's streets, but in case there is a place less likely to get hurt, I would like to know.

Can't you contact social services and see if you can get on some sort of assistance? I don't know a thing about it, but I read sometimes they give cell phones to homeless, to help with job search. I know you need more than that----my mother said during the Depression people slept in all-night movie theaters, but the cost of a ticket would be more than you make.

I know what you mean about accepting help. Last summer, I fell and injured my back. My ds went out 3 times and brought me in a MCD. Which was appreciated, but he continues to throw that up in my face, how I couldn't even crawl and he "had" to go get me food. I wish now I'd thrown the MCD back in his face. I know what you mean about accepting help, its an invitation to scorn.

Good luck and God Bless---BTW, does your city have a 211 service? They do in some cities, it puts you in touch with social services, what's available in your area, etc. Probably not much you haven;t already head of, but worth a try.
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:13 PM
 
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Oh, another idea, I realize this will sound like an insult and I don't mean it like that, but have you considered being a "squatter" in an abandonded home? I read that happens a lot in Detroit, I don't know if it happens where you're at, but in Detroit a lot of homes are abandonded and people just move in, at least its something----sorry, wish I had something nicer to say.....

have you considered joining the military?
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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I would suggest that you check out this site:
Homeless Forums - Powered by vBulletin
There should be people on there or people who could answer you questions.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Louisville metro area
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Its really extremely dangerous to be sleeping on the streets. You do not know what types of folks you may run into, who may do you harm! Talk to the Salvation Army. There are several women's and men's shelters downtown that offer temporary housing and career training. You need support. I would say sleeping outside is absolutely not an option! Good luck!
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:04 PM
 
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I realize that this posting is 2 years too late but I decided to put in my 2 cents worth as I am about to become homeless at the end of this month due to chronic unemployment and extremely low funds in my bank account. I, too, am trying to decide where to go from here. I would like to go to a shelter and I realize how bad they can be but after being reminded by your posting, I am having second thoughts about applying to get into one now which still leaves me out in the cold. There's obviously a lot more unemployed people in Louisville than I thought because most jobs that I am able to get usually come from temp agencies and it's taking them forever and a day to call me with job assignments. Does anyone know of shelters for people left homeless by this stinking economy of ours?
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:09 PM
 
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I realize that this posting is 2 years too late but I decided to put in my 2 cents worth as I am about to become homeless at the end of this month due to chronic unemployment and extremely low funds in my bank account. I, too, am trying to decide where to go from here. I would like to go to a shelter and I realize how bad they can be but after being reminded by your posting, I am having second thoughts about applying to get into one now which still leaves me out in the cold. There's obviously a lot more unemployed people in Louisville than I thought because most jobs that I am able to get usually come from temp agencies and it's taking them forever and a day to call me with job assignments. Does anyone know of shelters for people left homeless by this stinking economy of ours?
Sorry about your plight. Here is a list:

Louisville Homeless Shelters and Services - Louisville KY Homeless Shelters - Louisville Kentucky Homeless Shelters

I used to volunteer at the Healing Place. Sure there are a lot of bad apples there, but there are really some men who have turned their lives around from addiction and they help you get a job.
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