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On your own, you need to be self-confident and non-argumentative. Be ready to find some decent looking clothes if you have a possibility of landing a job. Any job. Here are fourteen suggestions to help you if you find yourself on the street, no matter if you are male or female, or in-between. You might want to also read Jack Kerfoot's article Portland Is Making Housing Unaffordable - Portland, Oregon - Jack is a candidate for Portland City Commissioner Position #2.


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Survival Tip #1 - Protect your feet and your shoes. If you're homeless you spend a lot of time walking. You need durable shoes that fit. If you get them wet, stuff old newspapers in them or open them up to dry in the sun. Wear socks to keep your feet warm and reduce the possibility of blisters. Sleep with your shoes and socks.


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Survival Tip #2 - Be clean. If shelters provide soap and a razor accept them. If you find a public bathroom use it. Be quick, be quiet, and be thankful. Lock the door behind you if possible or use a stall with a bolt. If you ask people for money, accept it with a clean hand.


Survival Tip #3 - Carry what you need and no more. If you need to ask, don't ever make it money. Ask for specifics. Hide your ID and any money.


Survival Tip #4 - Get a phone. Get one that costs next to nothing and uses cash cards. With a phone you might be able to get a job you can return to even if it's only for an hour or two over a week. Money is precious when you have no income.


Survival Tip #5 - Map out places where there are outlets where you can recharge your phone.


Survival Tip #6 - Learn where the shelters are, thrift stores, and which churches and other outlets provide clothing or food . . . and when.


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Survival Tip #7 - Locate the nearest Dollar Tree. At Dollar Tree you can survive on a few dollars a day even without cooking. Learn to like cold canned food. Dollar Tree sells socks, razors, caps, garbage bags (can keep you dry and warm), jack knives, batteries, and flashlights.


Survival Tip #8 - Don't return the same way you came. Someone might be waiting for you.


Survival Tip #9 - Wear cargo pants and have a good jacket (with lots of pockets) that will keep you warm and dry. Find a good hat.


Survival Tip #10 - Pare down. Resist loading yourself down with useless stuff. Review Survival Tip #3 often.


Survival Tip #11 - Do not buddy up. You are on your own. Fend for yourself.


Survival Tip #12 - Get a watch. Or use a phone that tells time. If someone offers your a job, you need to be there at their convenience, not your's.


Survival Tip #13 - Find a spot where you can disappear: 1) Don't go there before ten p.m.! 2) Don't let anyone see you. 3) Give yourself a way out. 4) Don't make a mess and don't leave anything behind. 5) Be gone before five!


Survival Tip #14 - Maintain at least one contact. People might worry about you.



It's a little bit different with a homeless family.


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Survival Tip #1 - With a family of kids you are going to need other people in the same boat. Look for other families with kids in the same age group. If you are new, they can tell you about school, school breakfasts and lunches, and so forth. It doesn't cost them money, so they should be anxious to help. With kids the same ages, you can swap babysitting duties.


Survival Tip #2 - Find a tent. St. Vinnies, Goodwill, or other thrift stores might have one you can afford.


Survival Tip #3 - Another expenditure is Luminaid, a solar lantern. They are about the size of a gallon jug. This is a source of light at night. Your kids will need to study. They cost about $25. You'll need a couple. Get an extra or two. They fold away so you can hide them. Guard them in the day time as they recharge.


Survival Tip #4 - Visit the thrift stores frequently. Never steal from them. Be kind and considerate and you might even get a job there. While visiting look for any type of camping gear and games for the kids. Let the people there know what you are looking for. They usually have a backlog of items to put out on the floor. You could score big just mentioning what you're looking for.


Survival Tip #5 - If you have a car, find a safe place to park it. Move it every day. If there is a time limit, make sure you adhere to it. Live by the rules. Impound fees are stiff.


Survival Tip #6 - Remember it is definitely not your children's fault that you and they are homeless. Share love and hard times.



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