On The Street Again


My cell phone, which I never expected to get me into an argument with others about. Picture by David Gay, permission to use provided credit is given to the author.

In a previous blog post, I wrote that I was able to obtain shelter for the wintertime thanks to the assistance of family members. It did not, however, solve the problem on why I have no place to stay in the first place. The failure to resolve that issue has undermined my stay and as a result I will be out on the street again on December 1st, 2015.

Confused? Allow me to explain.

I wrote in a blog post a while back that being unemployed does not just affect me but also my friends and family in the form of personal friction. We’ve argued about my methods to get out of the hole I’m in such as the type of temporary jobs I take or the cutting of services that are necessary but make it harder to reach me. I never had these arguments when I was working but now these arguments are here and they have been ongoing over the last few years. I won’t go into the details about what happened because I don’t think anyone is at fault but the end result is that my stay at the place I am at is done on November 30th.

As I said before, no one is at fault here. I still love my family. I’ll always love my family. What happened was the symptom of a disease was treated instead of concentrating on finding the cure for it. To quote Kevin Barbieux, who maintains a blog describing his current homeless situation:

Homelessness is caused by a lack of money

Every single person who becomes homeless does so the same way, they all follow the same basic path. They all ended up in a situation where they didn’t have enough money to pay for a place to live. Either they lost a job, spent all the money they had, or they left a home where someone else was paying the bills. That’s ‘how’ they all become homeless.

That’s the problem that should have been addressed rather than take the paid-for shelter: LACK OF MONEY. If I didn’t lack money, I wouldn’t be so depressed about not having enough money for this or that or these or those. I wouldn’t be getting into arguments over petty things like being unable to afford a cell phone or spending too much time taking the low-paying but easier to find gigs and temp jobs when I should be trying to get back into I.T. again which is impossible without going back to school. If I didn’t lack money I’d pay my own rent and be financially stable instead of letting others pay for me, which makes me feel like a moocher.

The TL;DR of all of this is that I need a ###king job so I can afford to pay for my own ###king home and I’m not the only one. As  wrote in the Huffington Post, “on any given night, 35,000 Canadians are homeless, and in any given year, 235,000 Canadians have been homeless.” We have an affordable housing shortage yet somehow there’s no problem building expensive condos for wealthy Canadians.

On the unemployment front, as reported on the TradingEconomics.com website, “unemployment increased by 18,400 to 1,364,500 from 1,346,100 in August (2015), while employment was little changed for the fourth consecutive month in September (2015) rising by 12,100 to 17,978,100, as part-time employment rose by 74,000, being largely offset by a decline of 62,000 in full time.”

On top of this, Canada recently slid back into a recession.

How is this possible in a country as wealthy as Canada? This is practically a national crisis and yet Ottawa does nothing about it.

Maybe there is someone to blame for this after all, but it’s neither me nor my family. It’s politicians who overtax and over-regulate us yet do not ensure basic essentials such as housing and employment are plentiful. My family should not be doing this for me.

Something to remember this election day. In the meantime, I will keep you up to date on my preparations on returning to the street in the weeks to come.

Thanks for reading!

David.

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3 thoughts on “On The Street Again

  1. Hi there David, as I am reading your words, I am reminded of the good old socialist system I enjoyed while residing in Europe. Now, living in the US, things are drastically different. I could say “there is no social system in this country”, which, compared to Europe, is absolutely true. I tried applying for food stamps a few months before I became homeless and was granted $16 for four months. I can laugh about it now. However, if I compare the system here in the US to many Asian and African countries, I find that I have nothing to complain about. Most of the western world is so wealthy that even the poorest can make it by living off of the scraps. I guess what I am trying to say is that it is all relative and greatly depends on one’s own attitude towards life.

    1. Hi there. Thanks for the comment. There’s no question Canada is a better place to live in certain aspects. Rest assured I will use the same techniques to get adequate sleep and food as I did before. I have a GoFundMe page I keep updating regularly and my about.me access page serves as a wonderful funnel to let people know there’s more than the unemployment rate when it comes to how well we are doing in terms of prosperity. I think Canada should be a lot more prosperous but the wealth clearly is not being spread around.

      Thanks again for writing.

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