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  • #46
    Hi, I am 16 years old and I just want a place to stay because I am having lots of issues with my parents and I am tired of everything. I don't want to be at home because my mom said she would take me to foster care if I go back home and I don't want that for me. I have made my parents really disappointed on me because I would lie to them when they would ask me where I was and I would tell them that I was in a different place when I actually was not. I know that what I have done in the past is wrong and I am really sorry for everything I have done and I am taking a therapist so they could help me out. I just need a place to stay for now. I am planning to stay there and still go to school and graduate from high school and then get a job so I could pay for my stuff. I know this would be hard to do but with the support of you guys and my friends I could do it because everything is possible no matter what the challenge is. I also wanted to say that if I stay here I don't want to go back home I don't want to make my parents madder. Will I still be able to go to school? If I stay here can I still get a job? Will you guys talk to my parents if I want to stay here than rather being in my house? I really want to go to school to have a better life.

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    • ccsmod2
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      Hi there,
      Thank you for reaching out to NRS – we are here to help you. It sounds like you are in a tough situation at home -- you are brave for reaching out for assistance. You should be proud of yourself for staying in school and getting a job – that shows a lot of responsibility.
      There may be transitional housing opportunities available in your area. If you call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or begin a chat with us from 1800RUNAWAY.ORG, we will be happy to help you find specific transitional housing locations in your area. Some transitional housing locations can also help you with school, as well as job opportunities. NRS is open 24/7 and we are confidential, so we are always here to help you. If you call or start a chat online with us, we can also call your parents (with your permission, of course) and have a conference call with them about alternative housing opportunities for you.
      We are proud of you for reaching out to NRS, and we are here to help!

  • #47
    I'm a 19 year old with a 2 year old son, my mom repeatedly threaten me to kick me out, I live in NJ, I want to go to a NYC shelter but I don't know where. I want to start on my own, I'm unemployed, I'm honestly confused on what to do.

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    • ccsmod1
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      Hey there,

      Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. It must be scary having your living situation be so uncertain since your mom keeps threatening you. If you'd like, you can always check out the National Homeless Shelter Directory by going to https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/ to see if there are any shelters or transitional programs near you (or in NYC).

      If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

      All the best,
      NRS

  • #48
    Just Curious


    Hi, I am 15 years old and I live with my mother who is a single mother and my 12-year-old brother. I haven't thought about running away, but if I ever did, I just wanted to know something. when a teen turns 18 years old, are they still considered a teen or do they officially become an adult at 18 years old? I just wanted to know because if things get really difficult where and I wanted to run away I live I just wanted to know for future's sake.

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    • ccsmod6
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      Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It is our understanding that if the legal age of majority in your state is 18, then once you are 18 you are legally considered an adult. In most states, the age of majority is 18 and in no states is it lower. In Alabama and Nebraska, the age of majority is 19 and in Mississippi it is 21. Once you reach the age of majority in your state, you are entitled to live where you want as opposed to where your guardian wants. If you have any other questions or would like to talk about your situation more specifically, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on our 24/7 hotline at 1-800-786-2929 or on chat at 1800runaway.org.

      Take care,
      NRS

  • #49
    I got a question for you and ummmm I have a girlfriend and her mom wanna sent her to shelter do they allow to talk to me on the and she in New York Bronx please respond To me

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    • ccsmod1
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      Hey there,

      Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what's going on. Different shelters have different rules so it may be a good idea to reach out to the shelter to see what their specific policies are. If your girlfriend would like to talk to us about what's going on or explore options she has she can call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage.

      Stay safe,
      NRS

  • #50
    Hi my name is ****** and im 19 years old i was kicked out because I have mental issues and i am hard to handle i guess and i need a place to stay til i get a job and can be on my own please help its urgent
    Last edited by ccsmod7; 06-12-2019, 12:17 AM.

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    • ccsmod7
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      Hi there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like you are in a really tight spot after being kicked out. That must be really hard to deal with, especially on top of mental health issues. You so deserve to be supported during this difficult time.

      There may be social service agencies in your area that can help meet some of these needs, such as Transitional Living Programs, a kind of shelter where young adults can live and get services to help them transition to independent living including help with career and educational goals. If you call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat us at www.1800runaway.org, we can look for transitional living programs or other helpful homeless prevention resources in your area.

      We look forward to hearing from you and we wish you the best,

      NRS

  • #51
    I live in nyc and I’m 17 and I’ll be 18 in 3 weeks. If I go to a homeless shelter are they going to get child protective services involved and yes my parents did kick me out

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    • ccsmod9
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      Hi there,
      Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.
      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
      If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe, NRS

  • #52
    I live in Georgia and I am 17, turning 18 in 6 months. My parents have let me know they are considering putting me out the house. I have absolutely nowhere to stay, though I do have a steady paying job. I want to continue my education as well. Is there a place that I could go to that wouldn't require parental consent, or do I have to get it?

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    • ccsmod7
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      Hi there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like you are in a hurtful situation where your parents have said they might put you out, and you are looking for somewhere to go.

      Here at NRS, we can look for runaway and homeless youth shelters in your area if you call or chat us: 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org. Each shelter has different protocols, so some might have grace periods where they do not need to tell your parents you are there, while others unfortunately need parental permission for you to enter the shelter. It sounds like your parents are not wanting you to stay at home, and you are not wanting to stay as well. You might try to talk to your parents about places with family members or friends that they would be okay with your staying at. Generally speaking, the easiest way you can live away from home is with permission, even though we understand those might be really hard conversations to have. If you ever would like to have a mediated conference call with your parents to let them know how you are feeling and what you need, please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

      Please do not hesitate to call or chat if you have questions, need resources, or need to talk. We can explore your situation, go over all your options, and come up with a plan and resources to deal with your situation over the phone or on live chat.

      We are looking forward to hearing from you soon, and wish you the best of luck.

      -NRS
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