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I Know What It’s Like To Be Homeless!

I was born and reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA), which has a population of approximately 500,000. “The homeless population in the city is estimated at 10,000, but a recent survey shows there is no such thing as a normal profile. The homeless are people of all ages and races. Many are members of a household with at least one child.” The preceding is a quotation from an article, written by Caleb Fort, a staff writer for the Albuquerque Journal, in an article published in December 2007.

The guide is entitled, “The Have Nots; Faces of the displaced population shows the problem’s complexity; demand for solutions.” For over ten years or so, I’ve lost SIX jobs, because of layoffs for one reason or another; firms shutting; defense cuts; outside sourcing; businesses moving, etc.. I haven’t been fired from a job due to mindset or presence or anything else, etc.. I was among the last to leave three firms that shut! I have been in the comedy business for more than forty years, and I got a curious email from a fellow who asked: “How can you drop a job, and With every job I’ve lost, I feel like everyone else, who loses their source of revenue.

AWFUL! This empty, hollow feeling in the pit of the stomach. .and the helpless feeling that goes with it! ” Hurricane; tornado; earthquake; home fire; accident; sickness; job loss; homelessness. Millions of people all around the nation have lost their jobs during the last decade or so. .and due to this, there is no more job security. All this can find a little frightening, to say the least. ‘Most of these blend into the community,’ said Lisa LaBrecque, policy and advocacy manager for the New Mexico to End Homelessness. ‘They’re not only panhandlers or the people sleeping in the park. They stand in line with us in the coffee shop. Their kids go to school with all the rest.'”

For more than ten years, I worked for a big global engineering firm, and something curious happened when the company began laying off workers. They laid off people beginning at the top. .and the men and women who made the most money, etc.. And, this was in 1992, during my initial job loss! There were 14 people who obtained laid-off, and we had over 200 years of service with the business between us! This was the trend that was started back then, and it continues into the year 2008.

For over ten years or so, it’s been a crazy roller-coaster ride for me. .and the stress and depression that goes with it! Just about the time, I was recovering from 1 job lay-off, another would come together, throwing a monkey-wrench into what I’d already realized, etc.. It was based on interviews and questionnaires administered to 210 homeless folks. In many ways, the poll contradicts the frequent picture of the homeless as middle age, substance-abuse guys, though mental illness and substance-abuse are still part of the matter, said – In actuality, the poll revealed that 27.6 percent of the displaced people were girls.

The survey revealed that 8% stated that mental health counseling might have prevented their homelessness. – About 18 percent of those questioned, said substance abuse treatment might have kept them losing their dwelling.” After so many job losses, I was eventually beat up, and I started living off a credit card, which got me in trouble, too! I finally could not pay the rent, and I had been evicted! However, I thought a judge would not throw an unemployed person out in the streets! .there’s not an emptier feeling, than when you need to appear before a judge to receive your walking papers, etc..

Stress and depression were my constant companion for more than a decade! But, I never understood how severe depression was until I moved out on the Internet to do a bit of research. Nearly everywhere I went, there were two words which were always present. In any given year, 9.5percent of the populace or 18.8 million American adults suffer from depressive illness. The economic cost for this disorder is high, but the price of human suffering can’t be estimated. Depression frequently interferes with normal operation and causes pain, not just to people with the disorder, but to people who care for them. Serious depression can destroy family life, in addition to the life of the ailing individual.

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