On the Brink of Being Homeless

When we lived in Knoxville, Tennessee we saw what it was like to be homeless. I will never forget seeing a boy about 8 or 9 years old sleeping on the sidewalk. We saw the homeless walking up and down the sidewalks of the homeless area of town, where there were shelters for the homeless.

This last week reminded me of those homeless people, as we are in the same danger of being homeless as early as next week. We no longer get a check that we were used to receiving every month and we didn’t adjust well to the situation. Now we are at risk of not having a place to live, as an eviction notice could be posted in the next two or three days.

We have been in contact with the VA homeless program online, but so far the programs take too long to institute to help us in our case. There are one or two more options with VA we are exploring, but time is running out fast as the people working the homeless hotline are swamped with calls, so we have no more hope of a solution, that we had three days ago, when we first contacted the VA.

Relatives have sent money to help, but whether it will be enough to pay the rent is still unknown. If we should get help from the VA, we could use the money sent by relatives to get through the rest of this month and to start saving early for next month.

I have been hired for a crossing guard job, but so far have not been able to work, due to problems getting the equipment needed for the job.

Have often wondered how people evicted from their homes choose what to keep and what to leave behind. We may be finding out in the next few days. Our state from what I can tell online, only has a five-day waiting period, from the eviction notice being posted till having to evacuate the premises.

So if there are no posts made to Nostalgia and Now for the next few days, weeks and months, the readers will know why.


Thank you to all the readers of these 745 posts since April of 2009, who have made 325,000 visits to this website. Your taking the time to read the posts is very much appreciated. We may be writing again next week or it could be a long time in the future before another post is made, depending on how things work out in the next few days.



Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

3 thoughts on “On the Brink of Being Homeless”

  1. That’s Horrible, Dude.
    I Sincerely Feel For You.
    I’m Still Fighting With The VA Over A Misdiagnosis AND Botched Surgery.
    But Your Situation Is Even Worse.
    Please Take Care, Sir.
    And Good Luck.

  2. Working on a couple of things that might save the house, but nothing is sure thing yet.

    VA should reimburse you for botched surgery and the misdiagnosis. That is some serious stuff.

  3. We did make the April rent payment with two days to spare, due to relatives helping out, but could be in same situation in May. This has not been the retirement I envisioned after retiring from the Alexandria Town Talk in Alexandria, Louisiana.

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