Any period of time where you don’t know if you will be homeless or not is stressful and can be terrifying. If you believe you are facing homelessness in a few weeks or a few days there are things you can do to prepare and resources you should utilize. The most important thing to do is to not panic.
According to CareerBuilder, nearly 80% of the US population lives paycheck to paycheck. Meaning the majority of the country is one missed paycheck away from transitional homelessness. All this to say, you are not alone in your situation.
Reach Out to Local Resources
If you live in Austin there are lots of available resources that are tailored to your situation depending on your age, gender, financial struggle, family size, race, etc. These can be found here. Start calling around and making connections as soon as you believe you will need it. Apply for transitional housing, public housing or section 8 assistance ASAP.
Update Your ID
A current ID is needed for a lot of steps along the way during homelessness. Many employers and state programs have strict ID requirements. Have a copy of your social security card on hand as well.
Store Your Stuff
Crystal has been coming to AFTS Open Studio for more than 5 years and tries to attend once a week “so that I feel like I’m doing something - life’s not just passing me by. I have something to look forward to.”
“Life can draw you away from your real talent, and AFTS helped me rediscover an old talent. [AFTS] gave me the opportunity to rekindle that talent.”
During these times of lock down, social distancing and increasingly less human connection, we are determined to bring our artists and others experiencing homelessness an opportunity for self-expression and creative relief to combat the increasing risk of depression and isolation.