There is no “good” place to be homeless. But, if you are to be homeless there are some things you should consider when deciding where you will be homeless. Also know that for the most part, as a homeless person, you will have very little choice on where your homeless experience will take place.
It really should be a natural inclination to look for a place where you feel most comfortable and safe. And that could mean different things for different people. If you grew up around churchy folks, especially of the fundamentalist variety, you will feel most at home at rescue missions or the salvation army. If you hold your independence and right to think for yourself at a premium, then you probably won’t be so happy at these faith-based organizations. And that’s not so much because of the religion they preach but because they focus so much on conformity. To them perfection in conformity is perfection of faith, and perfect faith fixes everything. For you, camping out in a wooded area would probably be best.
If you have certain possessions that are near and dear to you, and you don’t want to let them go, then living in a car, or better yet, a van, would be best for you, as you can keep your things with you. Having a place to store things is a very valuable asset to have on the streets. You can often find a place to rent a locker, but those are usually to small to be useful for long-term storage. Also keep in mind that storing things in a car can be troublesome. When your car is full of household items people will assume you to be homeless, especially cops. And for this they might target your car for towing. Most homeless people cannot afford to pay a ticket and impound fees. So if your car gets towed, more than likely you will lose the car and everything in it. Also, if your trip into homelessness becomes an extended stay, the weather will have a negative impact on your personal items. Things like photos will become damp with condensation, and will eventually stick together, and might start growing mold, effectively ruining those keepsakes. The same can happen to books and important papers, and even clothing.
Also consider your size in deciding to live homeless in your car. If you are a medium to large size person, sleeping in a car can be difficult is not dangerous. Sleeping night after night in a very cramped and confined space can have a negative effect on your health. Also, finding a place to park at night is not always easy, as cops will often harass you if they find you, even if sleeping in your car is not illegal in your area. And that’s another thing. More and more municipalities are making it illegal to sleep in a car. The threat of being arrested or receiving a ticket can lessen the appeal of auto-living.
If you still have some kind of support system, if your family and friends have not completely disowned you for being homeless, I imagine moving in with someone you know, who is willing to put you up for a while, is the best place to be homeless. Just know that generally people have little tolerance for squatters, even if they are family. If you are able to, it is best to get back into an employment situation as soon as possible, so to help contribute to the costs of having you in their house – help pay rent and the grocery bill. And for you people considering allowing a friend of family member move in with you because they have become homeless, you should be aware of a couple things. First, understand that it will take longer than you imagine for your relative or friend to make enough money to successfully move back out of your place. And second, if your squatter hasn’t found work after an acceptable period of time, be aware that they may very well be dealing with problems more serious than just financial. They may be experiencing depression, anxiety, and other issues that they will need to address before becoming independent again.
Places where people live homeless is an odd thing to define. Mostly, people ask about places where homeless people sleep. But where a person sleeps really isn’t always where a person lives. Homes are more than bedrooms. And as a homeless person, regardless of where you go, you will not have a living room, kitchen, bathroom, or den. So, whatever place you attempt to designate for yourself will primarily a place to sleep, a bedroom of sorts. The rest of your existence will happen on the streets, or in whatever public place will tolerate you enough to spend some time in, such as cafes, restaurants, hotel lobbies, libraries, hospital waiting rooms, etc. Where you go then, depends on your interests.