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    Default How to live homeless in Miami

    Times are tough. And when they are tough we gotta do what ever we can to survive. Here is how to survive in Miami homeless.

    1. Blend in
    Go to universities, meet people, carry some school books as if you attend classes. Find a lounge where students sleep and sleep there at night. You may be kicked out, but you'll probably pass as a student. Who knows maybe they will let you say and not enforce any rules.

    Attend church. Churches give free food and are very helpful when people are in need. This doesn't mean to fake your religion or anything. This is strictly about survival.

    2. Carry all the essentials
    You'll need deodorant, bar of soap, shampoo, a change of clothes, and a blanket.


    3. Make money doing bum jobs
    Sell water bottles, candy, flowers, etc on a busy street with a goofy hat that people can remember.

    4. Stay away from the bad parts of the city
    You don't want to find yourself in bad situation. Miami has a high crime rate but there are better parts of Miami that are safer. So find the place that you feel the safest and most comfortable.

    I hope you don't become homeless. If you ever do, you need to keep applying to jobs. sell stuff on street corners. it can actually make a decent amount of money for you. depending on who you know and where you are, you can sleep at friends' homes/dorms, you can take a shower at the beach, and try to find organizations that support the homeless

    Good Luck

    if you're homeless in miami:
    Camillus House: Homeless in Miami

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    Cool advise Miamidesigner. I hope no one will ever need it. Just wondering though, is it allowed in the US to sell stuff on the streets and on the beach? At beaches in Europe you often see locals selling hand made things, icecream bars, water, etc.. to the sunbathers. Can you make a living or some extra from doing this?

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    Most of us are only a paycheck or two away from being homeless, so these kinds of things are very useful to know! I think the beaches require vendors to have licenses in the US. It may not always be enforced, but theoretically, the police could harass you if they wanted to.

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    I can't remember who it was that told me, but vendors are routinely harassed on Miami Beach. I think they even require a permit to do performance art on Lincoln Road and in the other areas you see them at.

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    Policies about vending on the beach and streets are local rather than national, but in Miami Beach and most cities you definitely need a permit.

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    Default Re: How to live homeless in Miami

    @Doug, I agree about being almost homeless. Most of us in this country who are still employed are strugling to make ends meet. I can't even imagine how those millions of unemployed people out there are managing, especially if they have kids. It's really sad but I never thought I'd see homeless people in America. Coming from the Caribbean, our idea of the US is so incorrect that we expect everyone to be middle class and have a roof over their heads and food on their tables everyday. I remember the first day I landed in NY and saw people sleeping on the sidewalk while the temperature was in the mid 40s. I could not believe my eyes, I felt so bad for them. Back in DR, I do see the same thing but at least we have summer all year so they don't have to suffer even more than they already are.

    @RK...You are right about permits. Here in Boston, street vendors and performers are requiered to get a permit at city hall in order to be in the streets. Otherwise police can give them tickets and/or take them to jail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lafemme View Post
    our idea of the US is so incorrect that we expect everyone to be middle class and have a roof over their heads and food on their tables everyday.
    True, in Europe we pretty much got the same idea.... Seems like we're all wrong, even in a once-strong economy being homeless is on the rise. Very said... When do you guys think things will be back to normal? Of course 'normal' means different to everyone, but still, are you experiencing any improvement in economy, jobs, living expenses, etc?

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    Well Lizy,

    According to financial experts, the reccession officially ended last summer, but the lines at the unemployment offices, the food pantries, and job fairs, tell me otherwise. To be honest with you, I do not see this economy fully recovering just yet. It may take us a few more years to see things close to what they were three years ago.

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    I'm no longer in Miami, but miamidesigner's post would be great to hand out to the homeless.

    As far as selling things on the beach right now we have someone who offers "Agua Fria!" "Ice Cold Water!"

    Since he has the market cornered on water someone could do the same with iced tea, juice, sports drinks. I think someone selling magazines, cheap sunglasses, and sunscreen would do well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lafemme View Post
    Well Lizy,

    According to financial experts, the reccession officially ended last summer, but the lines at the unemployment offices, the food pantries, and job fairs, tell me otherwise. To be honest with you, I do not see this economy fully recovering just yet. It may take us a few more years to see things close to what they were three years ago.
    I didn't know the US officially declared the end of recession last year... Sure, it doesn't seem like things are back to normal, either in the US or in Europe. But let's stay positive and hope for the best..

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    Default Re: How to live homeless in Miami

    Quote Originally Posted by Lizy View Post
    True, in Europe we pretty much got the same idea.... Seems like we're all wrong, even in a once-strong economy being homeless is on the rise. Very said... When do you guys think things will be back to normal? Of course 'normal' means different to everyone, but still, are you experiencing any improvement in economy, jobs, living expenses, etc?
    Are you noticing homelessness in Europe at all, Lizy? I know times are tough there, too, now, and wonder if people are faring better in the European system. Would a person wanting to sell things at the beach or do street performing have to be licensed as well there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    Are you noticing homelessness in Europe at all, Lizy? I know times are tough there, too, now, and wonder if people are faring better in the European system. Would a person wanting to sell things at the beach or do street performing have to be licensed as well there?
    Hi Doug, yes, the homeless question is a huge issue here,too. I can talk about Hungary in particular, but I've seen many beggars and homeless people in other countries of Europe. Here it's a big problem, especially in the winter, when temperatures can drop below freezing at night for 3-4 months out of the year and for 2-3 months during the day as well. Many homeless freeze to death every year, which is very sad. Alcohol is part of the problem, they drink to get warm but it only makes their bodies cool off even faster instead of warming them up.. There are shelters and free kitchens where they can get a warm meal once a day, but it's far from enough. You can see homeless people selling newspaper (their civil organization issues a free monthly paper) at red lights, when I have change in my car I always give it to them. I know it's nothing and that he might be using it to buy booze, but still, makes me think that I was doing something good for that day.
    I just happened to notice another interesting thing: it's almost always men, and only about half of them are women. Is it the same ratio in Miami? Just being curious...

    Oh, and the recent accident that happened with the red mud in the Western part of Hungary made hundreds of people homeless, to add more to already the high number.

    May be off topic, but there's another thing that totally freaks me out by the way, and that's the hundreds of abandoned and abused dogs and other animals... WTF do you get an animal if you change your mind a few month later???? People, take responsibility!
    Last edited by Lizy; 10-15-2010 at 10:22 AM.

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    Default Re: How to live homeless in Miami

    Quote Originally Posted by Lizy View Post
    I just happened to notice another interesting thing: it's almost always men, and only about half of them are women.
    I have noticed the same thing here in the US and back in DR. I am not sure why that's the case. I am wondering if it has anything to do with all of the resources available to women, e.i., shelters for abused women, single mothers, elderly women, etc.

    [/QUOTE] May be off topic, but there's another thing that totally freaks me out by the way, and that's the hundreds of abandoned and abused dogs and other animals... WTF do you get an animal if you change your mind a few month later???? People, take responsibility![/QUOTE]

    This breaks my heart. Animals are a lot of responsibility. I have two, so I know how expensive and time consuming they can be, but those are not reasons for people to abandon their pets. People should do a lot of research before they decide to bring a pet to their homes. I dislike the ones that breed them for sell, why not adopt one of the millions of pets that are euthanized every day in the US? This world is full of ignorant and cruel people.

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    If it's any consolation, there are now fewer homeless people (and pets) in places like China and India.
    Last edited by rk; 10-15-2010 at 04:41 PM.

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    Default Re: How to live homeless in Miami

    Quote Originally Posted by rk View Post
    If it's any consolation, there are now fewer homeless people (and pets) in places like China and India.
    Probably true, I never saw any homeless people in China. I think there is no such thing as 'homeless' in socialist/communist regimes. It actually is against the law not to have an official home address. (no joke)

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    Great tips, Miami Designer.

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    Default Re: How to live homeless in Miami

    I think there are more homeless men than women, because people are more prone to helping women. Another reason can be differences of culture to that of women and men.

    The Unequal Homeless discusses the persistence, as opposed to the occurrence, of homelessness. It was shown that more men homeless in New York were black. So it seems not to be a financial predicament.

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