Thursday, May 7, 2015

Recommended Reading

I found this totally raw and unpolished but extremely important (much like my entire blog) piece on Tumblr about the realities of being homeless. I'm pretty sure that if you've never been homeless, you can't imagine what it's like. I know I can't. Though I try to do my best to have empathy and compassion for them, I know I still lack understanding of their situation. This Tumblr post explained some things that I never knew about how difficult it is to be homeless, and certainly blows to "just work hard/just get a job" arguments out of the water.

This is just the beginning:

the funny thing abt being homeless is that you can have an income, score temp jobs, make money and still be stuck as fuck in homelessness. its hard to rent an apartment or get consistent income (or a job with health benefits) when you have spotty, erratic work history and big gaping holes in your renter history. they can figure out churches you use for addresses, like. its not that hard to tell on an application that something’s up. 
basically, ive found, the whole “work real hard!!!” mindset is too emphasized by people who arent homeless and have no idea how things work. BEING HOMELESS IS YOUR JOB. being homeless is work, yall, i swear to you. finding resources is work and after a couple years you could sell sweatbands to a shoe salesman. its a trauma of powerlessness, you have to read people, you have to lie and you have to know who to be genuine to at the right time when you want to spit back at the world thats shitting and pissing all over you.

"Being homeless is your job." I'd never thought of it that way. This is so important.

Please read the whole thing by Oriedes.

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