Saturday, May 27, 2006

On Being Homeless

I'm finally in my new apartment and am slowly getting settled in. However, this all comes after being homeless for about a week. Due to some leasing complications, we decided not to move into the original apartment complex and began the search for a new one once we got to Knoxville. Which went fine, we found a new complex but because of renovations could not move in for a few days, which meant, being homeless. I worked with homeless people all last year for my social work internship and I can say that my experience was vastly different from theirs. First of all, I could afford to live in a hotel for a week. I did not have to go to a shelter, although there is one in Knoxville and I know where it is. Also, I have the means to pay a deposit and all that on an apartment so I am not reduced to live in a place where you pay weekly and end up paying much more than you would if you could pay monthly just because you don't have the cash up front.

The day we checked out of the hotel we had to do so by noon, but the apartment would not be ready until 5pm which meant having to find a way to occupy ourselves all afternoon. So I thought, what would the people I work with in Waco do? Go to the library! Well, we did something similar - we went to Barnes and Noble and hung out there for a while reading magazines. Then off to the park, just like people do in Waco.

I'm sure my "homeless" experience is nothing compared to what most people go through. But it was interesting to think about during that week in which I really did not have a home to call my own. When filling out paperwork for places, like the hotel, job searches, etc, i didn't know what to put for address for I did not have one.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

:) I'm glad you're no longer homeless!