Monday Morning Tipon August 15, 2011 at 19:20
Where to survive until the Zompoc.
If for whatever reason you find yourself without a legal residence before the Zompoc, here are a few tips to staying out of shelters.
People in shelters are refugees. We don’t like to consider that here in the US, but they are refugees who must abide by the shelter’s rules and mandates. Most shelter require you to be there at a mid day point to secure your bed for the night and they have a curfew. It is almost impossible to look for work or hold a job while living in a shelter. Shelters are good for a single night emergency (shower), and for getting flyers for other local resources.
Remember the camps in the movie “They Live”? We have those again. Drive around the industrial areas and look for trails into the brush – has to be within a mile of a bus stop, a real grocery (not a convience store), and a mail drop center. A man should scout the camp out and see if he gets invited to chat by any residents. Sorry, ladies – you really want a man to scout this out – some camps are just not safe.
Want to stay in a weekly motel but have no money? Panhandlers make between $35 and $500 a day. You heard me right. A motivated person on a busy semi-urban corner can average $150 in change every day. You need a buddy to watch your back and a dog will double your take. Don’t think of panhandling as begging. You can provide a valuable social service by standing on a street corner looking down and out – people will use you as a boogeyman for their kids, and seeing your troubles helps others to feel better about their crappy job. Smile, say thank you, and don’t litter.
Last, have you considered friends or relatives? Showing up on someone’s porch with no job and no prospects may be demoralizing and humiliating, but it will allow you to start planning for the future faster than sitting around a campfire worrying about the guy two tents down. The simple advice for crashing someone’s house is – stay in the yard, the garage, or a trailer – don’t move into the house. You have to have your own space to hold your self-esteem. And help out – mow the lawn, fix the fence, etc. Every week actively look around for chores you can do to make your host’s life easier as a simple way to say thanks and reduce the inherent stress of the situation.