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I’m a Soon to be Homeless College Student With Unpaid Rent. – Danielle

Danielle

“Dear Steve,

I currently owe $1,465 for rent cause I lost my job and now its in collections an my sister wants me and my 2 year old daughter out. How can I get help paying it I’m a full time student in college?

Danielle”

The Answer

 

Dear Danielle,

It sounds like you’ll need to not be a full time student in college and try to find a job to pay for a place for you and your daughter to safely stay. Without a job I’m not sure how you can afford school supplies or to properly feed and care for your little girl.

Without income or additional income you will probably need to check with your local county government for homeless shelters that will take you in. There are many students in college that live in shelters or who are homeless. It is a sad situation but it does happen. Also, check with your student affairs office and ask them for help.

Steve

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  • Steve Rhode

    I’m not certain what you are suggesting here. Are you saying that continuing her current level of attendance will provide her with a benefit that will take care of her past due rent in collections, give her a way to pay for future rent, and keep a roof over her head for her daughter and herself?

    Since I did not know where she lived I could not research local solutions. However, you will see that I did suggest she contact her county government and student affairs office for additional resources.

  • Kmiguel

    Danielle,

    Steve did say he was not sure how you could do it but I am. Going to school full time is admirable and will provide you with a few benefits. 1) Financial aid 2) housing 3) Social services does not count financial aid as income because some of it you pay back 4) social services will provide food stamps, medical insurance, child care, and pay for school supplies. In California the program is called CalWorks. The key here is to swallow your pride and start asking questions. Good luck.

    @ Steve, why not research possible solutions to serious problems instead of showing the lack of consideration that comes with privilege. Really, is get a job the best you could offer?

  • Kmiguel

    Danielle,

    Steve did say he was not sure how you could do it but I am. Going to school full time is admirable and will provide you with a few benefits. 1) Financial aid 2) housing 3) Social services does not count financial aid as income because some of it you pay back 4) social services will provide food stamps, medical insurance, child care, and pay for school supplies. In California the program is called CalWorks. The key here is to swallow your pride and start asking questions. Good luck.

    @ Steve, why not research possible solutions to serious problems instead of showing the lack of consideration that comes with privilege. Really, is get a job the best you could offer?

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      I’m not certain what you are suggesting here. Are you saying that continuing her current level of attendance will provide her with a benefit that will take care of her past due rent in collections, give her a way to pay for future rent, and keep a roof over her head for her daughter and herself?

      Since I did not know where she lived I could not research local solutions. However, you will see that I did suggest she contact her county government and student affairs office for additional resources.

  • Liberty

    I’m doing a story on college students stuggling with homelessness. If this is you or If you have a friend struggling in college with homelessness please email me at libertyzabala@yahoo.com Thank you

  • Liberty

    I’m doing a story on college students stuggling with homelessness. If this is you or If you have a friend struggling in college with homelessness please email me at libertyzabala@yahoo.com Thank you

  • Chris

    Find a temp agency nearby, and get a morning or evening job. Make sure you work with a recruiter who is intelligent, someone you can trust to help you through the situation. Work mornings or evenings, and take classes when you aren’t working. You have enough time to be a full-time student, I don’t care if you go to the most competitive school in the nation. Don’t fall behind in your studies. Keep a written schedule and a good attitude. Avoid the bars because they cost a lot. Find an inexpensive new apartment or sublet. Sublets are very cheap because of the economy. Don’t be afraid to negotiate. You would be surprised at what lengths landlords will go to get you to rent a room. You are more reliable and cleaner than their average tennant. You will become more organized, efficient, and intelligent. Best of luck!

  • Chris

    Find a temp agency nearby, and get a morning or evening job. Make sure you work with a recruiter who is intelligent, someone you can trust to help you through the situation. Work mornings or evenings, and take classes when you aren’t working. You have enough time to be a full-time student, I don’t care if you go to the most competitive school in the nation. Don’t fall behind in your studies. Keep a written schedule and a good attitude. Avoid the bars because they cost a lot. Find an inexpensive new apartment or sublet. Sublets are very cheap because of the economy. Don’t be afraid to negotiate. You would be surprised at what lengths landlords will go to get you to rent a room. You are more reliable and cleaner than their average tennant. You will become more organized, efficient, and intelligent. Best of luck!

  • mo

    And this is why I hate the United States; we’re the only industrialized nation on earth that allows the “children of tomorrow” to go completely homeless. why? we just do. it’s shitty but welcome to the USA.

  • Aaron

    steve,
    the advice u gave that danielle girl that cant pay her rent and is a full time student was completely bullshit. how can u tell someone they shouldn’t be in college when they are trying to better themselves by getting a better job so they dont have that same problem. uve obviously never had problems being a young student.

  • http://nopaytenants.com/ Missy

    Do you know about NoPayTenants.com where landlords post unpaid renters info?

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Missy,

      It is one of many places and sites landlords could use to list renter information of people that don’t pay.

      Steve

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