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Old 07-12-2007, 06:29 PM
 
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Krander, where do you live now? Are you in Kentucky?
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Old 07-12-2007, 06:36 PM
 
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Is there anyone that is from or has familiar knowledge with louisville Kentucky that knows if it is safe or not to sleep on the streets?

Where I live I could sleep on the streets with no worries but how about Louisville? I plan on heading there soon and need to know if it is safe to sleep on the streets or not.

It really wouldn't phase me to, it's just I'd like to know if I have to worry about being mugged or something.
I just saw AT&T is going to open in the downtown area a new call center
and will be hiring people to staff it. Check out there stock T.

Maybe they would hire you, don't sleep on the streets. the jobs are to help people who have internet service with problems. good luck
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:16 PM
 
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Seriously, living on the streets has more problems than just the safety issues (which will still be a significant issue for you anywhere in Louisville or any other populated city).

First of all, you will most likely need a permanent address and possibly proof of local residence to apply for many jobs and services. Employers prefer hiring employees who have permanent connections in the community and will consider a transient applicant a "flight risk" who is less likely to make a permanent commitment. Being in a situation where you might feel obliged to lie or cover up your living status may make you appear deceitful and untrustworthy. You could always refer back to your previous address but it may raise red flags for some employers, legal issues notwithstanding.

Second, a serious concern for many people living on the streets is hygiene. Without relying upon shelters or other services for access to showers or laundry, you will have a lot of difficulty maintaining a level of hygiene that is suitable for most places of employment. It can be done with a lot of effort and research on your part, but it will become a large issue of your daily life.

Third, maintaining control of your possessions can also become an issue. You will have to have a safe place to stash your belongings during a work shift. You will also have to establish a method of cashing and keeping your money once you become employed - many banks will once again require local addresses even for check cashing purposes.

Fourth, you can be harrassed and arrested for loitering and sleeping in public. Calling in an absence or tardy to a new employer from a jail holding cell will not grant you long-term success.

And, there are many more serious issues that make homelessness an unfortunate downward spiral. Like many others here, I strongly urge you to look into assistance programs and social service networks once you get to Louisville. Even a temporary address in a shelter can lead you back into the upward swing of things. And yes, I am someone who works "down in the trenches" with homeless populations in Lexington. If you need referrals for specific programs in Louisville, I would be happy to try to find those for you. In the meantime, please reconsider your options and realize that living on the street is not your only (or best) choice.
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:53 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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Seriously, living on the streets has more problems than just the safety issues (which will still be a significant issue for you anywhere in Louisville or any other populated city).

First of all, you will most likely need a permanent address and possibly proof of local residence to apply for many jobs and services. Employers prefer hiring employees who have permanent connections in the community and will consider a transient applicant a "flight risk" who is less likely to make a permanent commitment. Being in a situation where you might feel obliged to lie or cover up your living status may make you appear deceitful and untrustworthy. You could always refer back to your previous address but it may raise red flags for some employers, legal issues notwithstanding.

Second, a serious concern for many people living on the streets is hygiene. Without relying upon shelters or other services for access to showers or laundry, you will have a lot of difficulty maintaining a level of hygiene that is suitable for most places of employment. It can be done with a lot of effort and research on your part, but it will become a large issue of your daily life.

Third, maintaining control of your possessions can also become an issue. You will have to have a safe place to stash your belongings during a work shift. You will also have to establish a method of cashing and keeping your money once you become employed - many banks will once again require local addresses even for check cashing purposes.

Fourth, you can be harrassed and arrested for loitering and sleeping in public. Calling in an absence or tardy to a new employer from a jail holding cell will not grant you long-term success.

And, there are many more serious issues that make homelessness an unfortunate downward spiral. Like many others here, I strongly urge you to look into assistance programs and social service networks once you get to Louisville. Even a temporary address in a shelter can lead you back into the upward swing of things. And yes, I am someone who works "down in the trenches" with homeless populations in Lexington. If you need referrals for specific programs in Louisville, I would be happy to try to find those for you. In the meantime, please reconsider your options and realize that living on the street is not your only (or best) choice.
This is the kinda reply that can be helpful ,from someone who knows. kudos.
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:27 PM
 
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I will be evaluating my options, thanks for the input to the people who contributed.
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Old 07-15-2007, 12:16 AM
 
Location: Dalton, Georgia
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Have a driver's License? Over 23? Almost every trucking company will put you thru training, put you in a motel, feed you, and put a few bucks in your pocket until you are trained. And then put you out on the road making
30-35k 1st year. I know, I am a truck Driver. I have been driving a Big Truck 9 months and have earned 31k.
Not being nosey, but where is your family at? Family is spose to be there to help in emergency.
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Old 07-26-2007, 01:07 AM
 
Location: central Kentucky
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Krander, if you're going to drop in on Louisville low on cash, just ask the security guards at Greyhound to direct you to Wayside Christian Mission. You will be in terrible danger, if you try to do the underpass thing! I prowled those streets at night in a cruiser for several years, and I KNOW that violence against the homeless is especially acute in the River City. You simply must take advantage of the mission shelters, of which there are several in the city, most having security staff on duty. Please, Please,Please do Not make the big mistake of trying to rough it on Louisville's streets. Most murders of homeless folks don't make it into the Courier-Journal, and it happens a lot! The shelter staff are quite good at helping you find work, get an apartment, feed yourself, and find transportation. Best of luck to you.
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Old 07-26-2007, 02:51 AM
 
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Krander, just a thought..........u don't need a job to stay at a hostel, and it would be an address, hot showers, and u can do your own cooking. They are usually very cheap to stay in, and even sometimes u can earn money by doing odd jobs around the hostel itself if u enquire and are willing to work. They have hostel sites online here!

Also, u might want to check with temp agencies!
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Old 07-26-2007, 04:24 AM
 
Location: US
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There are generally Salvation Army facilities or other homeless shelters for men in larger cities. You can sleep and shower there and then get a job with a day labor agency where you can get paid daily--at least to get you started. You can usually find a state employment agency where they have job listings. Finally, building maintenance/cleaning services are ALWAYS looking for cleaners. Since you've got access to the net, check it out and see what you can find. Good luck--circumstances do not need to be final.
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Old 07-26-2007, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Waco, Ky
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krander, please p.m. me! Although not real familiar with Louisville, I do have some connections thru Social Services, and may be able to help.
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