The Doubled-Up Homeless in Horry County

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If you are currently living with someone inside of their home, then in actuality you aren’t really among the Horry County homeless population. I say this because, whether or not it’s a relative or someone you know that you are sharing those living spaces with, you still have a roof over your head, and feel that you can call that safe and steady place home. Still, according to the experts on the subject, folks who are crashing with people in their residence have a high chance of becoming truly homeless soon afterwards. According to a report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, “In 2016 (the latest American Community Survey estimates), 4,609,826 people in poor households were doubled up with family and friends, one of the most common prior living situations for people who become homeless”.

In my opinion, I feel there is nothing wrong with living with someone, especially if your only other option is being out on the streets homeless in Myrtle Beach, and if you know that it is only a temporary thing. Hell, I’ve paid family members weekly rent before for a while to save up for apartments or for accumulating money to leave town, and I thank them greatly for them renting to me for those sporadic periods. I’ve also rented rooms out of people’s homes in places like Conway, North Myrtle Beach, and Myrtle Beach. I paid weekly rates in those places as well, most of which I found on websites like Craigslist.

So, I guess what those particular statistics read in the previous paragraph don’t completely apply to me, because the few times I lived and rented from someone in their home, it was to save money and to move forward in a positive way, to something better, and I wasn’t homeless immediately after moving out. Still, those stats sort of apply to my life as a whole because, technically, I did rent a room in someone’s home for an extended period about four years ago, and I did spend about two weeks at a homeless shelter in Myrtle Beach called New Directions earlier this year. So, overall, I did actually spend a short time homeless on the Grand Strand after living with someone in their home, but it was several years after renting that room from them.

The first thing that popped into my head after reading that statistic was the type of person who doesn’t or didn’t do anything to try and make their situation any better while they were living with someone. Now, let’s be clear. If you’re a person who is maybe single with no children, going to college, or maybe are a career-oriented man or woman who travels on, say, business from place to place, and rents rooms in people’s homes from time to time instead of going to hotels (which is actually a very smart way to save money if you’re only in a city or town for a week or two), then you have a good reason to rent a room in someone’s home for an extended period, because you’re working on things to better your life. Bravo. But, I feel like the actual statistic from the alliance, especially with the way it reads and sounds, is talking more about those folks who are living with others, not helping out with rent, won’t work and/or hold a steady job, and are simply using whoever is letting them stay there, just to get over.

Listen, I did not have the luxury of always having friends or family to lean on for housing. All you have to do is read some of my personal stories on this blog to see that! What I’m saying to you is, if you are lucky enough to have friends or family who love and care for you enough to allow your grown ass to live with them damn near rent free, thank the Lord above for them, because they are truly a very rare thing, and are one of the biggest blessings you’ll ever get in your entire life. That being said, show them that you care about yourself enough to work hard and get your own place. They will be proud of and happy for you that you reached your goal of overcoming your homelessness in Horry County.

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