Lots of Homeless Young People

There are a lot of homeless people hanging around where I live.  And I’ve noticed there are a lot of very young homeless people around too.  They hang out in this big parking lot (I mentioned in another post) that is parking lot to probably 5 or 6 businesses I frequent.  It’s so big and busy that no one pays much attention to a free-sleeping blond woman (of a certain age) eating humus and chips in her old van.  I like being anonymous like that.  Until I get lonely that is.

I’ve noticed that the security guards tend to hassle the youngins if they fall asleep at one of the tables or on a curb in the parking lot.  I guess I understand.  It’s kind of a trendy place (the kind of place that has a yoga studio, upscale baby stores and the like) and seeing dirty, homeless kids sleeping there doesn’t lend to the upscale ambiance.

I feel really bad for these kids.  They are the same age as my own kids.  I’m a free-sleeper mostly out of choice, but these kids….I’m afraid they are going to get stuck in this lifestyle.  Do they have cars?  Will they ever have a decent job where they can get a place to live?  What will become of them?

As long as my finances allow, I’m going to by these kids a cup or coffee or some other drink when I see them.  I’m thinking that if they look like paying customers maybe they can have a place to be for a little while without being told they need to move on.  Wish I could do more.

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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3 Responses to Lots of Homeless Young People

  1. Ryu says:

    Well, most of those kids probably wouldn’t be able to pull more than 10/hour at a job with a HS degree. Probably they grew up on TV saying they’d be rock stars, movie stars or big shots in NYC.

    There is a danger in pity. It degrades the reciever. No one wants to put his hand out. Maybe if you could make it seem as if they were doing you a favor by sitting and talking with you.

    On one hand, alot of people did that stuff in the 60s and 70s. But now it’s not Vietnam, but the loss of jobs/college bubble. Most of the hippies eventually went for the money, and I think that will be the case today too. Except for the few communes still around, and of course Slab City.

  2. B (yes, that's really my entire name!) says:

    If you’re where I think you are, at least some of those kids are on the street because they’re addicts. Be careful!

    • Maureen says:

      Yes I think there are a lot of sddicts here.

      Sometimes I think with all the help they get, it makes it easier for them to stay addicted.

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