Originally Posted by bughut
I'm interested mileena. Forgive my ignorance. You're homeless,with a gas burner to cook, yet you have a health club for a work out and shower. I imagined you were on the streets. my mistake. Perhaps one shouldn't jump to conclusions. My apologies if I offended.
Let me explain: I have a car (a minivan actually), but no home. I have lived in a house or apartment all of my life, until this past April. I am in my 40's. I live in my car. I also have an income, about $1,000 a month, from Social Security and SSI. And I have some savings (about $20,000). I do have a health club membership, because I need to shower and I need to lose weight. I used to weigh about 450 lbs. Now I weigh 336 lbs., as of this morning. My income of about $1,000 a month will not pay the rent. I live near San Francisco, which has the highest housing prices in the nation. A one-bedroom apartment in the surrounding suburbs here costs $1,200 a month. A roommate situation here costs $650-$900 if you include utilities. I am not willing to spend that much money of my income on rent, when you're only supposed to spend at most 40%. Besides, when you're fat, no one will rent to you or hire you. They're afraid you will damage the floors with your weight. I used to spend a high percentage of my income on rent that when I was younger (one time I even spent 95%!), but as you age, you become more conservative fiscally. I can go to other areas of the country where it is less expensive, but then my income will be reduced by about $200 (the SSI portion), and I still won't have enough.
I also have a laptop, scanner (two actually), laser printer (two actually), inkjet printer, fax machine, expensive smartphone/tablet, etc. I have my entire household goods packed into a self-storage unit.
You see, many homeless people have things, have an income, are well educated, dress well, etc., but they just can't afford the rent. I am one of them. No one knows I am homeless, and everyone who knows me would be shocked if they found out.