A useful list. Thanks to the original poster.
Right. NC has cancelled my food stamps as of November 30, and NJ won’t process an application for food stamps until I have a physical address, proof of said address, and proof of rent and utility bills. So, how does someone who is homeless get access to government assistance for food stamps? I have no idea. Once I have an apartment, it will take 30 days after my application in NJ is processed for me to be eligible to get food stamps. Let’s not forget that I will get very little because I do not have children, and food stamps don’t buy toilet paper (to paraphrase Eminem)
So, I’m going to buy spices, canned goods (keep up, folks, this all has to fit in my car somehow) and coffee with a decent expiration date. I’m scouring Pinterest for decent lists. It’s amusing what some folks consider a “staple.” They are not living on my budget. It’s all amusing until one is homeless with a service dog, then it becomes an exercise in stamina and an ability to process absurd surrealism.
When I come up for air, I will blog just how much time and resources it takes to be homeless and to navigate the system, let alone qualify for resources. I’m keeping receipts. I’ve been in the System so long that I have learned to keep documents and a paper trail. For some people, going off the grid appeals. To me, the paper trail keeps people somewhat accountable. Everything is relative.
I must acknowledge the folks who have done the “impossible,” and everyone who has supported me in the small but vital ways that inspire a determine to survive and … I have no clue what comes next. I make lists, I do what I can, I get overwhelmed and exhausted: I call people on my speed dial list, they get the world to stop spinning around me, I rest, then forge ahead. Not an oxymoron, I don’t find my situation ironic or “enlightening,” but I am blessed to have found Grace in the most unlikely people and places.
I hope the Thanksgiving holiday found you surrounded by people who love and respect you. Buddy and I appreciate your support. Thanks for stopping by.
Shari Elizabeth Berk
November 26, 2016