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It can be difficult to find shelter depending on where you’re at, but here are some possible avenues.

Start by reaching out to any friends or family that you might know. Show them that you can be trusted, and do your best to help out. Don’t fully settle into this situation though. It’s great if someone lets you crash with them, but don’t overstay your welcome. Make an earnest effort to get back on your feet while you’re staying with them.


If you’re unable to find anyone to stay with, work with what you’ve got. If you have a car, use that. Spend your nights in large 24-hour lots. Think Walmart. Make sure you’re not too far from the store so that you can have lighting and won’t be harassed as easily. But definitely make sure you’re not close enough for anyone to see you, otherwise, they might call the cops.


Parks without ordinance rules and sometimes university parking lots could work. You do have to stay vigilant to make sure your physical safety isn’t compromised, but this could be an option.

If you don’t have any of the above options, look for homeless shelters. These can be hit or miss depending on the town. Some are great and safe, but some are not that great. Check with others staying there, or try sussing it out while grabbing a meal there (most shelters also offer meals). I’ll list some websites below that can help you find a place.

If the above options aren’t doable, then try finding safe locations to sleep. Gardens and parks work well, but be prepared to leave early in the morning once people are up, you might get reported on. Tents can work well to have some semblance of privacy.

With all of these options, make sure to stay vigilant and protect yourself while keeping the peace overall.

  • Consider staying with friends and family while working on acquiring more permanent residency.
  • Parking lots, parks, and campgrounds can offer locations for temporary car camping.
  • Look for shelters that have openings that you can stay at.
Resources for shelter 
  • Homeless Shelter Directory (provides locations for homeless shelters and food banks)

  • Shelter App (an app that provides resources for finding shelter)

  • Warren Village (for single parents)

  • Call 211. (provides emergency services and gets you connected with what you need)

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