In a little less then two weeks I am leaving for Portland. I am absolutely scared sh*tless, but I cannot stay. There is nothing left for me here. The economy, the climate and the people (mostly) suck.
I'm hoping for a change in scenery and life curcumstance. I am scared though. This will be the first time I have my own place, the first time I have been truly on my own. I've lived in this housing project for 35 years, I'm going room to room throwing stuff away I cannot take with me. Mom was a horder, and so am I to an extent, so lots of stuff to toss... I've basically been cleaning out a room a day, only two days in and I've already filled two city trashcans. I'm going to start calling the SA to come pick up stuff. This move is becoming real to me. I don't have an apartment yet, I know its going to be hellishly hard for me. On top of that I need to keep my cats. This has me scared and second guessing myself but I know in my heart the time is now. I MUST move now. God help me.
I know there are a lot of Portlanders here so any advice on section 8 housing solutions (and any other general advice) would be appreciated. Housing is my biggest issue because even though I will have a section 8 rental certificate and must stay in Multomah county, the payment threshold is set quite low, and because I have zero income right now this is going to be extremely difficult.