Re: Intro

Bonnie Briggs (
Wed, 25 Nov 1998 05:30:59 PST

>Hi - I am new also, was homeless in 1986
Bonnie here...
  My husband and I were homeless the year after you. Isn't that ironic? 
 when Expo came to our area (B.C.) -
>I lived in an rv trailer in an RV park and many of us were evicted so 
>sites could be rented out to tourists for high $. 
That's what they're trying to do here in Toronto. They want to make room 
for the 2008 Olympics. 
  I put my trailer in
>storage and with the rest of my rent money bought a $99 bus ticket to
>Toronto, Ontario as I used to live there and thought people would help 
>I stayed at different friends for 1 or 2 nights but no one wanted me 
>for long as they worked and I had a 9 month old baby with me who cried
>sometimes.  I ended up in a shelter (Robertson House) which was really 
>horrible experience - the staff were sarcastic and ridiculed the 
>and the food was terrible. I hear you, man. I was at Robertson twice. 
It is the worst women's hostel in the city, I put right up there with 
Seaton House, which is the worst men's hostel in the city. The second 
time I stayed there, I was deathly sick and I lost a new sweatshirt 
while I was in there. Were you in the main building or in the overflow? 

I borrowed money from a friend and went out to
>Calgary Alberta where I slept in a van in a friend's yard.  

We slept one night in a friend's car, just about froze our tails off in 
the process. 
>I am now a single mother of 2 girls and have 2 union jobs now but have 
had a
>hard time of it financially for most of the 13 yrs. I have been a 
>parent. Seems no matter what we do there is never enough $ to pay all 
the bills.

We are now off the streets, but still in poverty. But we are gradually 
working our way off Welfare. Glad to hear things are going better for 
you. Good luck in the future. 

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