Sean Hare’s Story About The Reality Of Being Homeless - Part 1 “By the time I was 15, both my parents passed away. My mom drank herself to death I found her dead on a couch when I came home from school and my father passed away from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. So I was kinda stuck in a weird position where I was directed towards Children's Aid Society but that not enough help to get where I need to go. I went through shitty foster cares as well. I somehow managed to get through to a Bachelor's in Horticultural Anthropology which didn't necessarily do too well for me because I had spent out every credit and bursary to get me through school and whatever have me...therefore leaving me treacherously homeless. So, when I was talking about both my parents passing away, they had left me assets but I cannot access those assets until December 8th of this year and so basically those assets prevent me from getting any sort of government assistance at all, which leaves me on the streets without a single penny.
When it comes to the drug addiction stigma, people often believe that everyone is a drug addict and only buy people food and not help people in the way that they need help. I sit outside asking for a nickel because I don’t ask for anything that I wouldn't give to anyone else. And sometimes I only may have a nickle. And a lot of people just brush you off and thinking you will buy drugs and whatever, and yes in a sense I am going to buy drugs but drugs I need from a pharmacy. For me, it’s extremely difficult most days to even making $6 to $11 mainly because most people brush me off. And I don't know why but I feel that the people that are more aggressive somehow get more money and the people who are not aggressive and need it the most somehow don’t receive it. I don't know why..maybe it’s the way people are looked at or how they present themselves. I see a lot of people who are suffering out here and aren't getting the attention they need. For example, sometimes some people are given too much money for drugs that they don't need.
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