I’m 17 and have been told to move out by my parents. I have zero income and need help to know what steps I need to take to get income and a house to live in.
Hi. I am so sorry you are having to go through this. It is really difficult to have to worry about these things when you are not ready.
Before I get into what you will need, I want to suggest that, if you can and it’s safe, you talk to your parents about making an action plan to help you move out without you becoming homeless.
A suggested action plan would be that you find employment and stay with your parents until you have enough for a deposit and first month’s rent for an apartment.
If they are concerned that they are spending too much money on you, you can suggest that after you get employment, you will help pay for bills and you will feed yourself.
If they are not open to it, I would like to suggest that you try to find a friend you can stay with until you can get up enough money for a place of your own.
If that does not work out, try calling the United Way in your city to see if there are community programs that can help you. The government will sometimes give grants for people your age. You can also look into Job Corp, which teaches you a skill while giving you a place to live. You can also ask them about help finding employment and case management services.
If you are still in High School, talking to a school counselor may help you too.
There are a lot of websites out there that will tell you how to get a job, so I suggest you read through them and apply what is pertinent to you to your search. My advice for finding a job is to dress well, be persistent, make sure your writing on applications is perfect, be friendly and upbeat, and highlight all of your positive qualities.
I hope this helps you. Please write back in if you have any more specific questions.
Please know you are deserving of a nice life and you are loved.