The Purpose

Sometimes you wonder what the grand design can be, considering the life you are living and its circumstances. Obviously no one wakes up in the morning and announces to the world at large “I think today I shall be homeless”. Being homeless requires numerous factors to occur simultaneously before you are without home. Money pops to the head of the list, usually, but that is only the start, since most homeless have money. That is with a caveat because it’s not enough money that brings you down to no walls or roof. Rents are too high, deposits double or triple the initial outlay, so let’s just concentrate on that to start. Where I live, in Bandon, Oregon, rents generally start around $500 a month for a single room apartment. Utilities are through the City and a $200 deposit is required. The electricity is reasonable so $40 a month is normal for me. Water and sewer is not bad, say $30 a month. Therefore after you move in you can squeak through with $70 bills monthly. Garbage is paid by the landlord. That totals $570 a month, say $150 a week. My retirement fund has $753 a month and that would allow $180 for food and all other expenses, provided I have paid the $1700 to move in (first, last and security deposit).that is existing, but no vehicle, no pets, no entertainment and no medical or medicine. That’s a lot of nos. I have two dogs and an old truck 1994. I also have medicine, I am a diabetic. If you have not jumped ahead of me, those figures indicate I do not have enough money to have a home. I am poor. In America we now have a lot of poor people. When I was growing up there were very few homeless, and we called them by a different name. We called them “bums” because they lived unkempt, often drunk, and slept wherever they could. Now we call them homeless, because they are regular people down on their luck. Really? Down on their luck? So all you need is good luck to have a home and life? Not really. I became homeless when the owner of the property my house was on died and I was forced to move when the land was sold. I could have disassembled the house, and sought a piece of land to place it on, but time was not enough, and I virtually had no way to transport a disassembled house. I lost out. Most of my possessions were left behind, and burnt. I have already demonstrated I could survive, if I had the $1700 to rent, but I didnt

Author: gary

I am a retired paralegal private investigator. I live on the southern Oregon coast, USA.

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