10 Tips for Homeless Survival
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2009 10:27 AM CDT
Danny Gonzalez moves a carpet out of a tent as he helps a friend move from a homeless encampment in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, April 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(Newser) – Millions of Americans had lost their homes long before subprime crisis plunged the nation into economic peril. Recognizing the plight of the homeless, The Nation offers 10 tips for street survival:

  • Try to relieve passersby of their misconceptions without internalizing their cruel remarks. "Let go of your pride—but hold on to your dignity."

  • "Travel light," with basic ID to access services. "You can check email and read at the library."
  • Carry high-protein foods like nuts and peanut butter, and schedule your time around soup kitchen meals.
  • Sleep deprivation is inevitable, but "always have a blanket. Whenever possible, sleep in groups with staggered schedules."
  • Be nice to cops, but know your rights—"even if they're routinely violated."
Read more tips for the homeless by clicking on the link below.

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Rebecca Coomes
Dec 24, 2013 4:20 PM CST
Actually the majority of homeless have mental health and substance abuse issues. Yes, there are families made homeless by economic circumstances, but they remain in the minority
Jul 20, 2009 7:25 AM CDT
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Jul 20, 2009 3:42 AM CDT
I don't understand why more people don't retreat to the wilds when forced out of their homes and jobs and lives. There is plenty of information available for anyone who wants to learn how to fend for themselves in the woods, taking what they need from nature. You really don't need more than a backpacks worth of gear to build yourself a shelter and feed yourself from the plants and animals. You can take care of yourself, if you have the will and courage to do so. Why try to do that in a city where the only resources available to you are someone else's castoff?