They spend their days and nights on the streets, hanging out with other homeless (perhaps fake homeless) kids, pretending to need money, food and assistance. A sick game, but a fantasy nonetheless that they can easily break any time they choose to.
While homeless, Bankart and her two children survived on fish and chips, takeaways, cheap pies and cereal out of the box.
"We were paying to live a rich man's life [but living] in a car."They ran out of clean clothes and had no shoes, she said."The kids were always sick."At night she would cover the windows with blankets, but the young family were woken up several times by loud passers by, she said.
It is not easy for them to find work because businesses think they’ll rob the cash register and run off, but there are those who are homeless, who genuinely want to better their life but can’t get a foothold out of the quicksand they are in.
If they don’t have a network of friends or family to turn to, who is going to trust them enough to give them a job?
I don’t remember much else from what he told me because he wanted to kind of forget all of that, and called it one of his dumbest periods in his life.
He did say at one point that it was easier to be homeless than to be a working Joe, however.
Bankart's troubles began in August when she was living in a West Auckland rental.
A rent payment dispute with the landlord meant she had to leave the home at short notice and put most of her belongings in storage.
Other ways to help would be to donate to the local Food Bank, which by the way, also feeds many families who are temporarily in need because they’re currently unemployed and trying to make ends meet.