Homeless By Choice
Published: Monday, December 26, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 19:12
OB: I want to know if you'd recommend this for other people?
D: One thing that I definitely see doing being a "homelessness consultant." There are so many people that are getting foreclosed on and have nowhere to go. The fact of the matter is, I would say that maybe 100 dollars a month invest in gym and lockers and equipment, it can be done. I wouldn't recommend it for someone it wasn't a necessity for [sic]. But for someone going through hard times, it can be done and you can be a normal person just because you do it. Just because you sleep outside for six hours a night doesn't mean that for the rest of the day you can't be shaved showered, in clothes, acting normal and doing normal things.
OB: I want to bring up the stigmas related to being homeless; I think that's what people are scared of – being homeless. So have you ever had a stigma like that? Has it changed [since your experience], do you see it changing in other people?
D: I think we might start to see a change in the definition of homelessness. As the unemployment rate rises and foreclosures are happening. People on the streets aren't the people you'd suspect to be there, they are completely normal people who one day, they're living in a house with a job and the next say they are homeless. I don't think there will continue to be this stigma because more people will be doing it. It might not be the worst option for many people because if you do it meticulously and safely, it can be done and it's not the worst thing, so maybe the stigma will go away.
But I'm proud of it. The reason I don't tell everybody is because I'm at this point in my life where I still have to go through the job application process. I think I have my job figured out but I don't want to screw myself over with that so I don't want too many people to find out and question my judgment, people might judge it without knowing the full details. But if I had that job already, I'd be screaming it from the rooftops, I'm not embarrassed, I'm proud to share it.