I’m doing pretty good working for the non-profit, so far.  The lady I work with isn’t very good with computer things so it is nice to be needed that way.  I had a little struggle with something right off the bat with her and I wanted to quit!

I have communication problems sometimes so in this situation I had to be patient, and explain again and use smiley faces in the emails I was sending my boss/friend so that I didn’t sound rude.  I also called her to take the edge off the emails.  I get tense in these situations because I feel like the other person thinks I’m stupid etc.  Relationships are complicated.  Handle with care!  One cross word can ruin or severely damage the rapport you have with a person.

My boss/friend is finalizing the renting of the building for the office.  It is in my “hometown” where I sleep and work!  Yay!  She lives about 20 minutes away.  The building situation should be resolved in the next month or so, I think.  She told me she has already bought some sort of “bed” that one might keep in an office in case I have to stay overnight for some reason.  This leads me to believe that she knows I live in a van.  But who knows?  Maybe she is just planning on us working a lot of late nights and wants to have that for me so I don’t have to drive home.  Either way, it’s good.

In roughly two and a half weeks, I should have a voucher for housing.  If I can find a decent place in the next four months, I will move in.  If not, I will lose the voucher.  I will only have to pay 1/3 of the rent.

Not many people accept the voucher.  It seems to me that it would be a good deal for a landlord but perhaps there’s a lot of paperwork or they just don’t like the idea of an underearner living in their apartment or room.  It’s hard to tell.  I’m told that it is difficult to find anything in my COUNTY, never mind my city.  Since my city is highly sought after, there’s a good chance I won’t get to live here.

I really want to live close to my jobs…mostly because Vinny the Van is on his last legs so I don’t want to drive too much.  Still, the idea of my own bathroom and kitchen and ADDRESS (I will actually be able to get a business license for my business) is enticing.

I will also be talking to someone about “emergency” housing that I can move into until I get the voucher or permanent housing.

Once I am in this program, I am in it forever.  Once I have lived in the first voucher/permanent place for a year, I am allowed to move into a new place and I will still pay only one third of my income to rent.  Good deal huh?  So if my income goes up, I can actually move to a nicer place.

I don’t imagine I will be in the program forever though.  Life is always changing and I think I’m on an upward trajectory now as far as income goes.  I’m reaching for stars.  Once I am at $35k per year (a long way off right now!) I won’t qualify anymore.  But by then, I guess I won’t need at as much.  More to come on my upward trajectory in my next post.

Let Your Life Speak; An Homage to Spring.  by Flickr user Photomaginarium

Let Your Life Speak; An Homage to Spring. by Flickr user Photomaginarium


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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