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[–] [email protected] 5 points 1 month ago

Genx here, and many of us are one or two serious mishaps away from homelessness.

[–] [email protected] 5 points 1 month ago

I moved back in with my parents. Fuck living alone if it means killing myself with work just to survive. Fuck that.

[–] [email protected] 6 points 1 month ago

It's too bad we can't ban BlackRock, Vanguard etc..

[–] [email protected] 16 points 1 month ago

I have news for you, as an old millennial, it's not just G Zers.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

At least I'd have my own time back. My life is not my own when I'm working 40+ hours a week.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago

The way I see it, don't let your superiors know you're worried about that kind of stuff because if you're working for a shitty enough company, they will probably hold that over your head.

Oh, you're not performing well enough. You don't want to be fired and homeless, do you?

Don't know if that's something they can legally do to you, but I wouldn't put it past a lot of companies to do that to ensure you don't leave or do anything they don't want, like ask for a raise or looking for another job on company time.

[–] [email protected] 15 points 1 month ago (2 children)

The whole system is broken, we can't fix it, we must tear it down.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago

Sadly the aftermath would be devastating.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

Awww, capitalist oligarchy not to your liking? Eat cake, pleb.

[–] [email protected] 10 points 1 month ago

Can we avoid this by giving Gen X offhanded advice about their personal finances?

Get a roommate, stop buying lattes, learn to cook, etc.

[–] [email protected] 19 points 1 month ago

Fear becoming? You mean ARE becoming

[–] [email protected] 23 points 1 month ago (1 children)

My greatest fear is financial crisis. To an irrational degree where I expect to commit suicide in a panic. I’m in therapy, don’t worry.

[–] [email protected] 10 points 1 month ago
[–] [email protected] 30 points 1 month ago (2 children)

As a single GenX, this is my biggest fear. I have never been homeless but I have been very close a couple of times. My rent is about half my take home pay and I'm sure it is going up again this year.

[–] [email protected] 9 points 1 month ago

I’m Gen X with a masters and work as a computing director. I’ve been homeless 4 times, though I didn’t yet have a masters or this job. None of this has been fun.

[–] [email protected] 11 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Vasectomy and shack up with a sexy roommate is my advice.

[–] [email protected] 7 points 1 month ago

The answer was so simple, why didn't we all see it?!

[–] [email protected] 15 points 1 month ago (1 children)

As an unemployed millennial, I also fear this. I've been looking into how to survive as a homeless man and it doesn't look very enticing.

[–] [email protected] 11 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Gym membership and a storage unit. Alternatively, meet a very nice woman.

[–] [email protected] 6 points 1 month ago

Yeah I should get a sugar mama.

Gym membership for exercise and showering were legit part of my plan. And somewhere to store a laptop (locker) was vaguely part of it too.

But I don't think I have the constitution for sleeping rough. Maybe I'd surprise myself. I feel like I'd get lots of reading and writing done.

[–] [email protected] 38 points 1 month ago (2 children)

The cost-of living crisis is so bleak that some Gen Zers ~~genuinely fear becoming~~ are homeless


[–] [email protected] 8 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Whole tent cities under the freeway routinely get raided by the police and "cleaned up". And our political climate is increasingly moving toward the view that the non-homeless would be better off moving homeless folks into a prison camp or grave.

[–] [email protected] 12 points 1 month ago (1 children)

The amount of people living in their cars at the park near me in Long Angeles is astounding. It's really sad.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 1 month ago (1 children)

I never understood of you have a car why not leave and try somewhere else?

There is no digging yourself out of a hole in just can't.

[–] [email protected] 10 points 1 month ago

The weather, the jobs, friends and family in the area, many reasons.

[–] [email protected] 17 points 1 month ago

What... genuinely fear homelessness... such a new concept!

[–] [email protected] 46 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Spent 6 years sofa surfing, its less a fear and more a reality for some. Sadly in most western countries homelessness is seen as a punishment and housing programmes stipulate no alcohol, no drugs, curfew. all of which put people back on the streets.

[–] [email protected] 8 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

housing programmes stipulate no alcohol, no drugs, curfew. all of which put people back on the streets.

More often, its the risk of physical or sexual violence that pushes people out. Shelter work is grueling and the pay is shit. The only people in the business tend to be the the boundlessly charitable or the ruthlessly exploitative.

The Texas Youth Corrections System has a scandal every five years or so, in which this or that low level staffer gets strung up for trading drugs to inmates in exchange for pornography or sexual favors. Its a regular low-rent Epstein Island that the state administrators know and actively cultivate, but periodically have to run Limited Hangout on when the heat builds up too high.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

I think about it probably once a day on average at the least.

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