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  • Writer's pictureJ. Wilson

I have been displaced from my home or living situation? What can I do? Where can I go?


Assessing Your Situation

Being kicked out of your house with no money is a difficult situation to be in. The first step is to assess your situation. Take some time to think about what led up to this moment and why you don't have any resources available to you. It's important to understand what you're dealing with so you can make informed decisions.

If you have any valuables, consider selling them to get some money. If you have a job, talk to your employer about your situation and see if they can offer any assistance. You can also try to negotiate with your family and see if they're willing to let you stay temporarily while you get back on your feet.

If none of these options are available, it's time to start looking for help.


Finding Shelter

One of the most pressing concerns when you're homeless is finding a safe place to stay. In a rural community, this can be particularly challenging. However, there are still options available to you.

Look for emergency shelters in your area. These are typically run by non-profit organizations and can provide a roof over your head and basic necessities like food and clothing. You can also look for temporary housing programs that provide short-term housing while you work on finding a more permanent solution.

If these options aren't available, consider reaching out to local churches or community organizations. They may be able to provide temporary housing or help you find other resources in the area. If one Church says they are not able to help due to limited financial resources, then reach out to another. Don’t give up and don’t quit. There are many Churches and organizations that would love to help but have limited resources, but they may know who to contact that may be able to help.


Finding Food

When you don't have any money, finding food can be a major concern. Fortunately, there are organizations that can help. Look for local food banks or soup kitchens. These organizations provide free food to those in need. Be sure to visit our resource tab on our website to locate this information in your area: https://www.empowering4change.org/general-5-1 Currently we have listings and information for Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Wyoming and Utah. We have more States and resources being added frequently so be sure to check often as the information is updated and changes.

You can also try contacting your local Department of Social Services. They may be able to provide emergency food assistance or refer you to other resources in the area.

If you're staying in a shelter, they may provide meals as part of their services. Be sure to ask about this when you're exploring your options for shelter.


Finding Employment

Once you have a place to stay and food to eat, it's time to start thinking about finding employment. This can be a challenge when you're homeless, but it's important to start working towards financial stability as soon as possible.

Look for local job fairs or employment centers. These organizations can help you with your resume, provide job listings, and even offer training programs to help you develop new skills.

You can also try reaching out to your network and see if anyone knows of any job openings in the area. Don't be afraid to ask for help. We also have a resource that may help with finding a job please visit: https://www.jobcorps.gov/ (Job Corps) or the Work Force Development Center https://nwwdb.org/ both have incredible resources and information related to employment and financial resources.


Accessing Healthcare

When you're homeless, access to healthcare can be a significant challenge. However, it's important to take care of your health, especially if you have any chronic conditions or illnesses.

Look for free or low-cost healthcare clinics in your area. These clinics provide basic medical care and can help you manage any ongoing health issues.

You can also try contacting your local Department of Social Services. They may be able to provide referrals to healthcare providers in the area.


Getting Legal Help

If you're facing eviction or other legal challenges, it's important to get help as soon as possible. Look for legal aid organizations in your area. These organizations provide free legal assistance to those who can't afford it.

You can also try reaching out to your local Department of Social Services. They may be able to provide referrals to legal aid organizations in the area.


Reconnecting with Family

If you're estranged from your family, it can be difficult to reach out for help. However, it's important to remember that family can be a valuable resource, especially when you're in a difficult situation.

Consider reaching out to your family and explaining your situation. Be honest about what led to your current circumstances and ask for their help.

If your family isn't willing or able to help, don't give up hope. There are still resources available to you.


Reaching out to Community Organizations

Community organizations can be a valuable resource when you're homeless. Look for organizations in your area that provide services to those in need.

These organizations may be able to provide temporary housing, food, clothing, or other resources. They may also be able to refer you to other organizations or programs in the area.

Don't be afraid to reach out for help. There are people and organizations that want to help you get back on your feet.

Seeking Assistance from Government Programs

There are a variety of government programs that can provide assistance to those who are homeless or facing financial hardship. Look for programs in your area that provide housing assistance, food assistance, or other forms of aid.

You can also try contacting your local Department of Social Services. They can provide information on the programs available in your area and help you apply for assistance if you're eligible.

Being homeless is a difficult situation to be in, but there are resources available to help you get back on your feet. Start by assessing your situation and reaching out for help. Look for emergency shelters, food banks, and employment centers in your area.

Don't be afraid to reach out to family or community organizations for assistance. There are people who want to help you get back on your feet and find stability in your life.

Remember that this is a temporary situation. With the right resources and support, you can overcome this challenge and move forward with your life.


I hope this information may be of some help if you ever find yourself in a situation where you are displaced from your home and your living situations change.

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