I would do it the tried and true way , find food ,water ,shelter security and a way to kep them coming in. Keep the money put up as long as posiable there are a lot of ways to make your way both urban or woods.
There are a lot of survivers out there in the cities they are caled homeles and they know how to get by, I would gleen all I could from some of them ;ie churches can give fod vouchers . For me I prefer the wods because there is places to fid, hunt,and forage to suplement my diet.The idea is not to just survive but to get your self to a better situation and that means a job of some sort.
The right answer depends alot on you and your particulars, like age, skill set, education etc. but...
If it were me...
My first stop would be check the local unemployment office, not so much for signing up for unemployment (I doubt you can), but rather to get a handle on any jobs that might be available. Second is to secure shelter, a place to stay. It's tough to get a job if you don't have an address. If you're staying in a motel or on the street until you get settled you can rent a PO box at a "Mailboxes Etc." or similar place and use their address to fill in the "address" space on employment applications. Buy a local newspaper and scan the want-ads for work and a place to stay. If all else fails there are "day labor"/"temporary labor" outfits where you can get a little money and buy yourself a little time as well as starting to network...
And as was mentioned before, protect that $1500 like it was $10 'cause it will be gone before you know it. Be extremely frugal... May I suggest a money belt or something similar so you can keep the money hidden on you at all times. Don't let anyone know you have it.
Yep, i think Darton wins.
Dave, why'd you pick Asheville? Because of the job opportunities?
It's a fairly big town, hustling and bustling. Might you want to go
to a small town? NC, Tn, both great places. Good people.
Once you GET a job and have some income coming in,
I'd buy a class C motorhome or the like. Put it on monthly payments and perhaps also buy a small piece of your own land out in the country. You can get both in this area for around $200-$300 total per month. Be nice to have your own land and place to live. Or you don't want the land, you can camp/stay in lots of parks or places for free in your rig.
My church provides many opportunities. Perhaps such a place exists in Tennessee too. We give handouts to bums such as food and water. Some church members even take bums in their homes from time to time. I would start by finding a church, perhaps they can help.
I wouldn't use a church if I were you...sorry, in my opinion those are for people in need- not for people that are foot loose and fancy free travelers. I have been in your exact situation many times...its actually a fun place to be.
If I was in your shoes, I'd start looking at on-line message boards for Ashville, post on Craig's List what type of situation your looking for. I'd try to have a place lined up to stay before you get there. Look on-line through the local classifieds make some phone calls to people "looking for roomates". Find a situation that is month- to-month, and plan on staying with that person for that time frame...if they're a freak you can at least endure it for a month- meanwhile that entire month you can be looking for a better place. Motels and hostels are to expensive...every day you stay you are waisting $$$
The day you get in town, go visit every restaurant you can and try to get an immediate night job- wash dishes if you have to. This will start cash coming in immediatly- plus- it leaves your days free to look for a better job, or to just explore.
$1500 bucks isn't much- cook all your meals at home- stick to ramen and beans & rice. Don't go out drinking, look for free entertainment options, and everywhere you go talk to people...basically, anyone that will talk to you- network. Read every bullitin board that you come across. Go to the library. Be open to anything- take odd jobs and enjoy your freedom
Well if its a few months from now, unless you do nothing you should not be in that situation.
If your unable to go and make a few visits between now and then to meet people, ask around for a job, or find a place to live, which I will assume you cant, you still got one of the most powerful tools in the world, the internet.
Contact the chamber of commerce for starters. Look up the nashville yellow pages on line and try to have a job set up for when you get there, search the classifieds for room mates wanted for a place to live, or look up camp resorts, or parks you can camp out in.
I dont know your skill set or how motivated you are, but if you really want work, you should at least get in touch with the local temp agencies there. I would imagine there are more than one.
Your really only limited by your imagination.
Understand your needs, as mentioned earlier if you didnt know them already, food,water,shelter, income, and go in search of the resources that can provide or help for each one of those things.
If your gonna take a step like this, you got to be able to think on your own my friend.
@Hop: I don't actually think I'll be homeless. "On the street" was just a figure of speech. But you're right; they'd be the people to ask where to find day labor.
@Birdman: Good stuff, buddy. Those are along the lines of what I was thinking, and what I have done before when "jumping" like this. Skillset? 30. Carpentry, warehouse work, ranch experience, casino/customer service, university teaching.
@Darton: Crap you're right! Just like when I misspell something on the whiteboard and a student notices, "Ah, you saw that? Very good. You passed my test." lol (quick google search) Grove Park Inn? That's a little too spartan for me.
@Albertjohnson: Sawat dee krap! I picked Asheville because I used to spend summers vacationing there when I was a kid, and I loved the place. Good job opportunities there? That's good news! But anywhere around there would do just as well.
@Kronos: I agree, a church is overkill at this stage. I've been in this situation before too, and it's exciting. Great idea about Craigslist! I'll spend some time surfing that site. The restaurant thing I've also done before when "jumping," but I'd really prefer something like warehouse work. Internet/network..that's what this post was a first step towards, and I'm glad I posted.
@dilligaf: Cheap hostels, or those that trade labor for staying there? Yeah man, send me some links! Could be a life-saver.