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21 - no ID, no money, Afraid, NC

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  • 21 - no ID, no money, Afraid, NC

    I've recently turned 21. I have no ID, No license, no cash, No Job and no friends I can turn to for help. I need to get out of here as soon as possible but I have incredibly overbearing parents. I don't want to leave empty handed (broke) but I'm not able to go out and get a job because of their being overbearing. I have few clothes and with the weather changing I'm sure I'd freeze.
    I pushed them to get my ID and I don't see that happening any time soon.

    I would run off while they're asleep but I have no place to go and being homeless in this area doesn't sound appealing to me.
    I just need to be able to get on my feet and I'm sure I'll be fine from there.
    What do I do?

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    Thank you so much for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It certainly sounds like you are in a somewhat unstable situation right now with your parents and it’s unfortunate, especially as you are considered an adult.

    It is commendable that you understand that risk of running away with no money and the few clothes you have. As you probably know, there are a lot of people who may take advantage of someone like that on the streets and that is one of the biggest concerns NRS has for those who have left home and are living on the streets. Probably the most important thing for you to establish now is some type of formal identification stating that you are who you are. It seems like you’ve indicated that haven’t allowed to get an ID or are currently holding which is very unfortunate. Perhaps you could speak to an older relative about the situation and see if they are willing to assist you in speaking to your parents as it really is important to have it even for emergency situations should something happen to you. Here is a link to the National Network for Youth about getting ID with little documentation

    If you are able to get the identification, one thing you may want to look in to is a Transitional Living Program close to where you live. A Transitional Living Program is a housing that would provide a stable, low-cost place to live as well as professional support. NRS has a large database of resources which we could look into to assist you in getting more information about a TLP.
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
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