Life Lessons Living In A Car

I’ve been homeless 3 times. The problem isn’t drugs or mental illness — it’s poverty.


Low income, combined with a perfect storm of unaffordable rent, incompatible roommates, non-living wages, and an inability to find full-time work, resulted in three bouts of homelessness that forced me to live in my car. In a few days, it will happen a fourth time for the same reasons.



I was born into a middle-class family, but I've hovered near poverty level all of my adult life because my line of work doesn't pay much. My career has consisted of administrative roles in high-tech offices and government agencies, with most of it contract work because it paid more and provided more flexibility and mobility than permanent secretarial work.


I attended college for a couple years while working, then left because I couldn't afford to continue and knew better than to take on student debt.


My moderate savings was destroyed in my 30s by health care costs that insurance wouldn't cover.