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The Homeless Blogger

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Raised by 35 people in 31 months
"BALTIMORE'S PREMIERE RADIO TALK JOCK WANNABE" ...

... is a highly gifted, articulate, intellectual, not to mention photogenic, homeless man whose career ambitions are as indicated.

My blog:  The Homeless Blogger

I am currently in urgent need of support for my living expenses -- $100 per week -- to cover rent at the shelter, smokes, bus fare, coffee and very small incidentals.  The cash resources I did have, have run out.

I also happen to need, right away, a new zipper bag ($25).

I am seeking to transition from a too-comfortable shelter -- that has hours that make it very difficult to get or keep any job -- into transitional housing.  That will mean I won't have to carry my heavy bags everywhere I go, and I can choose whatever hours are convenient.  Then I will be able to search for, get, and keep A REAL JOB!

My goals aren't picky or extravagant.  I will be seeking any job that will just let me pay the rent -- on an efficiency or studio apartment.  Nothing fancy.  All I need is a room, a laptop, and a cat.  Gratification in life will come from a vocation that allows me to contribute to humanity; but that's down the road.  Just now, I need what I need just now.

Please help!

Related:  What a homeless man dreams of
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A financial crisis struck Thursday morning.

I'm inviting gifts, small or large, hoping to raise $100 before month's end.

This post may not meet my normal standards for coherence.  I'm under great stress, and these things aren't easy to say.

I had already bought my first coffee at DD Thursday, before I found an e-mail from the bank saying that my card had gone into overdraft overnight.  Now, a college classmate routinely sends me $25 on the 15th of each month via GoFundMe; evidently that hit my account after the e-mail was sent, or I would not have been able to buy that first coffee.

My last Social Security payment, $940, came on or about the 28th of last month.  So I have somehow gone through $940 in two weeks.  This is not good.

That's supposed to last me all month — and more.  At $940/month, I've meant to find a room or a studio apartment that I could rent for $300.  Rent at the overnight shelter is $91.00/month; so my lifestyle needs to be such that I ***SAVE*** $200 each month.

Not run out in two weeks.

I face tasks and changes, possibly life-style changes, small and large, immediate and long-range.

I obtained a printout of all account activity from that last SS payment to date.  I must examine it for any unusual charges, and also to find out where my money's gone.

I'm spending money on four things: shelter rent; hotel rooms; coffee; and smokes.

In the time frame in question, I got hotel rooms three nights at ~$100 each night.  This isn't unusual; about what I'd do in a month.  Now, they normally hold out a $100 security deposit, refunded a day or two after one's stay; it may be the last refund got delayed.  Alternatively, one might suppose the third night tipped my card balance red; but if so, what had become of the rest of my money, in two weeks?

I may need to cut back on, or quit smoking.  I don't know how much I've been spending on smokes; there's been no marked recent change.  I've been spending freely.  Some days I buy one pack, other days two, depending on how many I have on hand at the moment.  I need to pin this down.

I do drink exceptional amounts of coffee; I've never yet put any brakes on this, either.  When I went to the bank Friday afternoon, the banker remarked that I'd already spent $15 on coffee that day; and, in fact, I wasn't done yet.  I need to examine the printout to pin down how much.  Whether or not I do cut back, I may need to start going to Starbucks instead of DD, as Starbucks is actually cheaper.

Logistical reasons make it infeasible for me to apply for food stamps as long as I'm at the overnight shelter. 

Once I'm in transitional housing or have my own place, I can get food stamps, make all my coffee at home, pay for it with food stamps, and quit buying from DD or Starbucks.  But I have to get the room first.

Same goes for finding a part-time job that might offset my costs.  On my last go-round, every person I interviewed with insisted I must be available 24/7, able to work any hours whatsoever.  That's not feasible while I'm at the overnight shelter.

I have a $50 gift card, obtained months ago, never yet used.

I face some dentistry in September that will cost me ~$60 out-of-pocket.

I may wind up continuing at the overnight shelter much longer than I'd planned.

My records suggest the last time I invited donations was 02/27/17.

I am grateful for all support, including moral support.  Sometimes that's all one can give!
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Saturday, August 18, 2018:

A new appeal is coming shortly.

I have not visited this page very often, as it does not display well on my Android. At this writing, 38 different folks have participated -- I had no clue it was so many. Nor had I anticipated the current 22 Shares. Thanks to all.

GoFundMe has somehow quit e-mailing me notices of gifts. I'll have to see if I can't fix that.

I'm grateful for everyone's support!
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UPDATE: MY FINANCIAL WELL-BEING

Social Security kicked in the last Wednesday in September.  I get just shy of $1,000/month.  Means:

- I can stop asking people for money. (YAY!)

- I can put money in the offering plate at church. (YAY!)

- I have become completely self-supporting.

- I can even be generous to others, within reason.

It does NOT necessarily mean it's time for me to leave the shelter.

The rule of thumb being that one month's rent should not exceed one week's income, I can not afford a room in a rooming house for about $300/month.  On the one hand, I'm not eager for any more of the drama that often comes with sharing a kitchen and bath.  On the other hand, I can project (pray) harmony into my future housing situation.

Or I might seek senior housing, that might have a sliding scale.

My dream has been a studio with private kitchen and bath — and cat — in a nice neighborhood.  I anticipate that the place I want, in the place I want, will cost $600/month.  To afford that, I must find a job that will pay $18K/year.

This is do-able.

For the past six months ago, job search prospects were hamstrung by the fact that the only computer readily available to me was a dinosaur terminal with a dinosaur browser.  The browser typically crashes about once every ten minutes.  Every day, as to more and more sites, it became "unsupported."  On this browser, I cannot access USAToday, LinkedIn, HuffPost comments, or GoFundMe; I cannot create or edit blog posts.  It is utterly unusable for job search purposes.

Once my new income arrived, I bought an economical tablet that should enable me to go anywhere I choose online, and do job applications.  However, it has a miniature keyboard, so that at this writing I am learning to type with two fingers.  I'm accustomed to typing as fast as I think, so I will probably need to learn to think as slowly as I type.  But once I'm accustomed to this tool, many doors will open wide.

For the moment, I will leave my GoFundMe intact, in case anyone may still choose to donate.  I am grateful for every support.
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Job search report 03/01/17

TUESDAY 2017-02-28

Save-A-Lot

I have 11 active applications at various stores. Updated my availability on all of them to reflect that I'm available now 24/7.
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Raised by 35 people in 31 months
Created March 28, 2016
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