Submitted by forcednomad in AskRaddle (edited )

My living situation is starting to become precarious. I'd like to be prepared just in case. Is there any content - books, videos, articles, advice - that any of you would recommend? Either info on surviving without a permanent home or info on climbing out of homelessness appreciated. I am in Northeastern USA



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lettuceLeafer wrote

If you have to be homeless car homeless is way better than no car homeless. So hopefully you have some kind of car. Don't quite remember the name but the car dweller or car livers sub would be quite useful.

As far as getting out of homelessness it's just a question finances. Which I would be happy to answer questions as much is based on what ur current situation is.


CameronNemo wrote

Going to second the suggestions for using public libraries and gyms for internet access and hygiene, respectively.

A car can be an alright place to sleep, but you have to take precautions to avoid being arrested or otherwise targeted. If you can get full shades for the car, that look fairly clean / nondescript that is best. Otherwise people will see you, or whatever quilt of towels and sheets you used to improvise privacy.

For food, there may be resources you can rely on. I am not sure. Stocking food that does not spoil or distress your digestive system can help. Personally I like tree nuts, dried fruit, granola, and beans or other canned vegetables.

For longer term health, you will need to defend against inclement weather. A car will not prevent you from freezing in your sleep, nor will it help during a severe heatwave. Make sure you move around as necessary to avoid harmful weather.


aaaaargZombies wrote

I highly recommend getting involved in ecodefence / forest occupation type stuff.

My experience* of this is that you'll get a few tourists, young people with radical politics who drop in and out of these spaces for a year and then pull the parachute of wealth and privilege to get some well paying NGO type job. But, the majority of people I've met doing this sort of thing have been in precarious economic situations. You'll build a support network with others who are living outside of conventional housing and work situations.

* in Europe


moonlune wrote (edited )

  • if you can, live in your car: you'll be more safe, and you can stock stuff in it during the day.
  • churches might have relevant charities
  • look up if there's a local food not bombs for food
  • I saw recommendations to take gym memberships on reddit: getting fit is a simple goal that might help fight depression. Also cheap daily hot showers.
  • use and abuse public libraries to fight boredom or look up local charities
  • go wwoofing maybe?

there are probably threads on askreddit with more specific advice.


celebratedrecluse wrote

Go to the places where it is possible to sleep outside in the elements without much danger, and where there is some support for the homeless


celebratedrecluse wrote

Try to get a van. If you can't, get bolt cutters and a backpack. You can order them to Amazon locker using a prepaid amazon gift card and a library computer. Then you will need to find a new home. Use Zillow et. al. to find properties for sale. Look for ones vacant for at least a month or two. Case the place, look to see if there are alarms, Alexa camera, or occupants. Try getting in, opening a window, closing it, and running off; wait at a distance and watch to see if police arrive. If this works without much harm, return the next day and set up your new home. Do not turn on lights at night, keep windows boarded up, only enter and leave at night time. You may find, like me, you have adopted a nocturnal lifestyle living this way. It is part of the deal.


celebratedrecluse wrote (edited )

If you are wanting to escape homelessness, and you get comfortable squatting, you can go pro

Find a second property, case it, but don't go inside; instead, clone the key for the mailbox. tutorial available online.

Then, set up subscription in a fake name for various mail to come to the house. Pick up the mail regularly. Set up camera or keep watch, to find out when the mail delivery comes.

get USB stick. 128GB. Put TAILS on it. get laptop. Download monero wallet. Sync blockchain. it helps if you have a friend you can leave the laptop with, who you trust. you can give it to them before you make your wallet, so they won't have access to your keys or password. log in every few days, to keep wallet sync.

Get XMR (Monero). You can buy it with cash, with other cryptocurrencies, so do one or the other depending on what is available.

Make purchase on DNM ( Address to fake name. Order one package at a time. Burn Address after 5 purchase or one month, whichever is first. Follow DNM Bible, you can find it on Dread, which you can find on Use public wifi, always a different place than the last five places you used for this.

Sell the drugs to middle class young adults in the closest city. college is good. university is good. talk to homeless people around you, and find out where to sell. never tell them how you get your thing. Never let on to know things about this.

Rinse, repeat. You may find you accumulate an incredible wealth if you are smart with your funds and are not paying rent. With that money, you can start renting an apartment, and continue using this method to pay for it. Take breaks when you have enough money, pace yourself, and do not order more than one package at a time no matter how much you want to. Also, never order across national boundary-- find vendor which are in your current nation.


rot wrote

everything that was already said + talk to other homeless, see where they go. hope things get better quickly