09 August, 2007

How to become homeless in one easy lesson

It is so easy to become homeless. All it takes is one bad decision and bang you're on the streets wondering what to do next. When I ask people what they think about homelessness. The most common answers are it's their own fault or there's no need for them to be homeless as there are places for them to go. This maybe true in both cases but imagine you are having problems, say you are drinking all day long and the place you live in has become a drinkers hovel. You get drunk one day and suddenly decide to move and try to better your life. So you move to another city with no thought as to whats going to happen to you. That first night you might spend just walking the streets of the new city you're in, still with the good intentions but when those nights turn into weeks and the weeks turn into months. It's only then you discover you're problems haven't decreased in fact you have just added problems because you are still drinking you have given up your home and are now living on the streets getting by with hand outs. All because you made a bad decision. Now you want to get off the streets and really try to make a new start but all the hostels are full or you can't get a place in a detox centre for a few months. You begin to give up. Imagine it's four years later. The drinking is now out of control. You are still sleeping on the streets and looking much worse for wear because that day you left you're home with all those good intentions has turned into a nightmare but there is still that idea that you can change but it becoming more and more difficult to do as you are getting much worse and the life you lead now has become away of life. It's that easy to become homeless.


Bill said...

Hello Jamie
Very much enjoy reading your blog and I hope all's well. My name is Bill and I'm the editor of ROOF - a magazine about homelessness published by Shelter. I wanted to ask if you'd like to write for the next issue. Can you drop me a line on 020 7505 2032 or email me at roof@shelter.org.uk
Cheers Jamie and I look forward to hearing from you. All the best. Bill

Roberto Iza said...

Best wishes

Anonymous said...

I think that your blog is great it really tells about the trials of being homeless.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all your help. As the sencond comment said; "Best Wishes."

Anonymous said...

Hi Jamie,
I too am looking down the barrel of becoming homeless later in the day and I do mean today.
Its been a long time since I had a drink or anything like that. I guess I have made bad decesions, otherwise I wouldn't be in this situation but theres not much I can put my finger on, beleaved in the wrong people, lost jobs stuff like that. Not sure why I'm writing, was trying to look up homeless shelters .
Godbless, Robert