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Old 09-07-2012, 03:40 PM
 
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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone knows if it is legal to sleep in your car in this state? I have been trying to find a job for over 3 months with no responses back. I hold a Master's degree in Education with over 3 years of experience and have not received a single teaching interview. I have applied for over 300 jobs. I have even applied for jobs outside of my field including retail, warehouse, business, etc. I have tried to network, but that did not work either. I was temporarily staying at a friend's house while trying to find a job but he is kicking me out, so I have no other options. I have used my summer teaching money. I have no family so that is also not an option.

Is a rest stop my best option? Do you think that will be safe? Any other ideas on where to stay in the car where I won't be getting any tickets?
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:44 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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If serious, I would try a dead end rural road before a rest stop - less chance of something going wrong. If you cant find a teaching job in TN, which is one of the only fields hiring in the state, living in your car is the least of your concerns. You need to move.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. FWIW, it's not illegal per se to sleep in your car in TN, but most places (both public & private) don't allow it. I do know that you're not allowed to stay overnight in TDOT rest areas.

You can, however, camp for free (primitive style) in our national forests for up to 2 weeks in one spot. There are also some free or very low-cost campgrounds in the state:
Tennessee | Free Campgrounds
Free Campsites
Campground Directory and National Forest Campgrounds

Pilot Travel Centers & some Walmart stores provide free RV parking spaces. You wouldn't be able to stay in such a place long-term, of course, but they may be viable one-night options for you; I'd be sure to check w/ a store manager first. For free short-term lodging in people's homes, try couchsurfing.org.

Best wishes to you on your job search and I hope you're able to share some good news with us soon!

12+ Tips on How to Make the Best of Living in Your Car - wikiHow
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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What a crappy situation . Good luck to you.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:59 PM
 
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Default is it legal to sleep in your car in Tennessee

I don't know whether it's legal or not, but it's definitely not safe and particularly not at rest stops. I'm sorry that you're in such an adverse situation. Hang in there and never, ever give up.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Your situation is a reason why people advise that you find a job BEFORE moving to TN.
You might also check with local churches and rescue missions. I have recently let people camp at my house temporarily until they could get in a shelter or make other arrangements because they moved without having a job.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone knows if it is legal to sleep in your car in this state? I have been trying to find a job for over 3 months with no responses back. I hold a Master's degree in Education with over 3 years of experience and have not received a single teaching interview. I have applied for over 300 jobs. I have even applied for jobs outside of my field including retail, warehouse, business, etc. I have tried to network, but that did not work either. I was temporarily staying at a friend's house while trying to find a job but he is kicking me out, so I have no other options. I have used my summer teaching money. I have no family so that is also not an option.

Is a rest stop my best option? Do you think that will be safe? Any other ideas on where to stay in the car where I won't be getting any tickets?
How do they reach you if you don't have a mailing address?
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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You know I've been looking for a job for 9 month now and I can not find one. Wal-mart will let you stay a night and some church parking lots will let you stay, just keep moving around. I go to truck stops. i found myself going from TN to KY and it was only a mile out of Tn, but it was nice of them to let me and my kids stay there for a night. Shelters in Tn can help you. They can't help me because I kids are older and my son has anxeity attachs to be by himself so i have to go with him and my daughter is blind in one eye and going blind in the other. So GBU and if you need help. go to Goodwill. They will help you find a teaching job. They keep trying to help me, but I had no luck. But because you are a teacher, they can find you a job anywheres.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:29 AM
 
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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone knows if it is legal to sleep in your car in this state? I have been trying to find a job for over 3 months with no responses back. I hold a Master's degree in Education with over 3 years of experience and have not received a single teaching interview. I have applied for over 300 jobs. I have even applied for jobs outside of my field including retail, warehouse, business, etc. I have tried to network, but that did not work either. I was temporarily staying at a friend's house while trying to find a job but he is kicking me out, so I have no other options. I have used my summer teaching money. I have no family so that is also not an option.

Is a rest stop my best option? Do you think that will be safe? Any other ideas on where to stay in the car where I won't be getting any tickets?
The Salvation Army offers various types of assistance to people in need. And similar organizations are located in many towns and cities.
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:20 PM
 
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One problem might be local ordinances - some towns may look upon it as loitering.
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