15 Surprising Facts about Life in a Homeless Shelter

I’ve been homeless for 2 months now. My city’s shelter is not what I thought it would be.

Paul Ryburn, M.Sc.
9 min readApr 24, 2024

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people congregating outside a homeless shelter
Keizers, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Toward the end of 2023, I lost the downtown apartment home I’d had for 21 years, no longer able to pay rent. For more than a month, I crashed on friends’ couches when I could. When I could not, I wandered the streets all night…

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Paul Ryburn, M.Sc.

I write about writing, ideas, creativity, homelessness, intuition, spirituality, life lessons. Ex-college teacher Twitter: @paulryburn