How To Live Homeless - Not Helpless: The Survival & Recovery Guide

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When I became homeless in '05 I had no idea what to do. No one ever wrote a "how-to" on it. Now, 2 years after being "paroled" from being in hell, I've written the manual as an expert. These pages may help stave off homelessness. If not, they'll get you thru it. Pay close attention to what you read & remember, never give up! You can do this thing & survive it to become "homed" again. I did.
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About Bill Cady

Bill Cady, Storyteller
Post Office Box 567
San Luis Rey, California 92068-0567
(760) 803-6690

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Scroll past this 1-page bio to see all 45 novels & nonfiction books I've written.

Born December 28th, 1948 in Lansing, Michigan. Moved to San Diego 1990.
Two years in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia as a pool hustler and semipro heavyweight boxer; retired undefeated @ 50 fights.
Co-owner of a long haul trucking company in the 80s.
Homeless 4 years, 4 months & 28 days 17 JAN 05 – 29 MAY 09 due to depression at the death of my Irish Wolfhound.
Robbed by on-duty Rosarito Beach, Mexico, police officer during a trip to Mexico. The cop committed suicide in his patrol unit after I made my ID.
Enrolled in college to ‘avoid the draft’, although I had 57 medical deferments and my lottery number was 334.
Owned an agency 42 years selling millions of dollars of life insurance by phone.
My web page is:, and I publish a blog on behalf of the homeless at:
Sold cars mid 70s; head mechanic & driver of a drag racing team; drove a ‘66 Chevelle SS … 540 hp … 10.13/138 mph ¼ mile, beat the 1969 National Record for Super Stock ‘D’ at an unsanctioned meet.
Drove a laundry truck as a teenager, then delivered auto parts, was an employment counselor, worked as a bouncer in sleazy bars and as a bodyguard on occasion.
Married four times, 24 years, but I did it in shifts averaging six years apiece.
Unmarried at my request four times, managed to kick that habit in 1999 and don't intend to revisit it again.
Six kids, ages 46 – 35; two adopted, one procreative, three stepchildren; three boys, three girls, two of each. (Oldest daughter & youngest son are gay). I "divorced" them all in 2010 when I decided they aren't worth the powder. Became a convicted felon in February, 2010 for past due child support … the "child" at that time was a 32-year-old homosexual estranged from me since 1990.
Still smoke Winston 100s, look sorta cute whenever I cough, don't drink much anymore, but still provide the occasional cuss word when/where appropriate. Theoretically dying of stage 4 lung cancer. That's up to our Father, not me.
Politically conservative, known as a "Repubendent".
Currently writing novels and freelancing as jobs are made available.

The most recent series shown are the Matthew Mark Lieukenjon and CC Ryder collections, as well as the Ben Dover: It's That Time Again stories. All are written sequentially, so they're best read in the order I wrote them. There's a "brief summary" next to each novel on my site.

The Matthew Mark Lieukenjon group is:

The Shimmering Image
The Second Coming
The Healer
Vengeance Is Mine

The CC Ryder series is:

CC Ryder, Jurist
CC Ryder, Still Looking
CC Ryder, Guilty of Nothing
CC Ryder, It's Now Or Never
CC Ryder, You Scratch My Back
CC Ryder Never Gives Up
CC Ryder, Picking Up The Pieces
CC Ryder, Like Mama, Like Daughters
CC Ryder, It's My Party, I'll Cry If I Want To
CC Ryder, The Stalking Siren
CC Ryder, Spanning The Gap
CC Ryder, Beyond The Gap
CC Ryder, Seeing Justice Done
CC Ryder, Mercy Me!
CC Ryder, What Are You Made Of?
CC Ryder, Only Her Hairdresser Knows For Sure
CC Ryder: Mother Hen, A Chick Is Missing
CC Ryder: Beyond All Legal Jurisdiction
CC Ryder: One Date At A Time
CC Ryder: Caught Cheating
CC Ryder: He's Protected
CC Ryder: When Fiction Becomes Fact … still being written

The Ben Dover books are:

What's Love Got To Do With It?
Nobody'll Miss 'Em

Those are my best recommendations.


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Review by: Lyndie Strawbridge on July 31, 2011 :
An interesting read. The author pointed out all sorts of practical things that I'd not realized the homeless have to deal with.
(review of free book)

Review by: Alexander Irving on June 13, 2011 :
I spent a period of time as a youth with no place to hang my hat. As the author writes about, there was no place to go to figure out what I had to do to survive. Note: This is back when there was no internet or even personal computers yet. I would have given my eye teeth to have a copy of this book.

Enjoyed his style and DL'd some other writings. Diverse, entertaining, prolific, enlightening man. Very different. Most unusual.
(review of free book)

Review by: Rikki K on June 07, 2011 :
Tough story to read just for the joy of reading. I think the author has brought to light quite a few things facing the target audience that the rest of humanity doesn't know or care to know. Certainly many would be appalled to think of an entire segment of people being treated as non-human. I had no clue about the stupid laws in place specifically to target homeless.
(review of free book)

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