On the Street
On the Street
This chapter describes homeless life on the street. Statistically, most homeless veterans like Ross Moore “choose” an “unsheltered” life. Often averse to the restrictive rules that shelters impose, they find that living outside is the lesser evil. The unsheltered life includes a wide swath of living situations, from sidewalks and tunnels to parks and forests to bus and train stations to cars and vans and more. The most important “location” variables involve legality and visibility. Generally, homeless are looking to find a spot that will not cause them to run afoul of the law and will keep them out of clear sight of the public. Most people think that the homeless do not have possessions, at least no possessions of value. Homeless people definitely do not see it that way, and one of the challenges they have is to protect their belongings from human and natural elements. Self-care is also a challenge for those without a sheltered routine and resources. The chapter then looks at the daily routine of homeless people.
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