25 People Who Were Once Homeless Share Their Scariest And Creepiest Experiences Living On The Streets

Spent 2007-2012 homeless. Most of that was my teenage years spent with my father (also homeless). The scariest thing is spending the evening in some homeless shelters, or out of them in this case. I was in one in Portland, Maine. My dad was assigned a "spot" to sleep on the floor because they were overcrowd that day. They didn't have a spot for me so I slept across the street in the garden of the local Catholic church since the priests don't kick people out. It was a popular place to sleep when the shelter was "over booked". I remember sleeping in the grass near a couple whom I overheard talking about robbing me for well over 20 minutes. I didn't let go of my knife all night. The most surreal moment was a short stint in 2010. When I walked into the 400 square foot studio apartment my dad had finally been able to afford for a short while and asking him, "This is all ours?" We lived like kings that few months.

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Lived out of my car for 6 months when I was 16 to get away from an abusive mother. The scariest part was worrying that the authorities would find out. I didn't want to end up in foster care, or forced back into that hell of living with my mother. I still went to school, and I showered & sometimes stayed over at friends houses if their parents were okay with it. If I thought friends parents were getting worried about me being over so much, I would sleep in my car. Sometimes friends would sneak me in and I would sleep on the floor of their bedrooms and sneak back out around 5 in the morning before their family woke. It was rough, but better than being abused and locked up at my mothers. Managed to get a job at a fast food place and eventually a friends church group found someone who rented me a small apartment at a discounted rent. Only went up from there. I finished high school and while I couldn't afford college, I consider myself more well off than ever. It was the scariest/hardest time of my life.

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