United Way First Call For Help http://www.211.org
or dial 2-1-1 acts as clearinghouse of local community resources for those in need. Contact them for everything from shelter info, food, clothing, utility help, income based & sliding scale medical care & counseling, community centers, churches or organizations that can help with various needs including deposits, etc. Now might be the time to consider some counseling to help you navigate and gain insight. Sometimes 2 heads are better than one.Here's a guide to help with stress. We can all make improvements in this area. http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm
Many students find an EXCELLENT solution to housing by renting an inexpensive room using a free roommate site like these http://www.roommates.comhttp://www.easyroommate.comhttp://www.craigslist.org
You may be able to pay weekly instead of monthly or find an agency through United Way that will help you with a security deposit. Also, ask your student center. Counselors there help students find solutions with both work and housing. http://www.dol.gov
lists job resources and has career centers. Go into a local office for pamphlets, take software tutorials or speak with an employment specialist.
Many students find they can get buy with a restaurant/bar job like barbacking, busing, food-runner. Those get paid the regular minimum wage or better (not the waiter wage), plus you'll earn tips. If you can get the money together this place is the best http://www.abcbartending.com/
Most start as a barback and then bartend. It's a fun job that travels anywhere and you can always pickup extra cash. I did it my college years. Just don't get caught up the lifestyle that can go with it, drinking, drugs.
A great resource for "stuff" is http://www.freecycle.org/
Get stuff you need or...and don't say it's what you're doing, but some pickup free stuff, and then, sell it on http://www.craigslist.com
local (so that you don't have to ship it).
You are having to deal with some BS to get the BS (or whatever your educational goal is) but it's helpful from time to time to remember why you go into this in the first place and proud you're going to be of yourself for sticking with this through everything. Look at what you've accomplished so far. Your determination is commendable to have been homeless for 2 years and reached this point of school and work!!!! Kudos to you. :) From experience, let me say, it's best to do the BS when you're younger. It's far more difficult with age. You are doing it the right way.
You may not see it but you're getting more from this experience than you realize. One day you'll look back and love this period of time for what you gained because it's priceless.
Hang in there!
Answered By: ... - 10/10/2012