A Sense of Place

Round here if you’re a single person and live in supportive housing you’ll most likely be forced to live with a roommate or in a studio as opposed to a one-bedroom.

I make the case for finding what’s called a “free market apartment” or if you’re lucky to have it a rent-stabilized apartment like is offered here in New York City.

Too I make the case for living on your own if you can afford to instead of with a roommate.

I lived on Staten Island for about two years on my own when I was first starting out in recovery.

Like I wrote here before I recommend¬† living where it’s economically advantageous not where it’s the latest trend to follow.

I’m proud that by moving to the neighborhoods I did I was NOT part of the ongoing gentrification that has become rampant in cities across America.

Staten Island had its good points. Prime among them was that the rent was cheap.

The drawback was having to take the clunky Staten Island Ferry into and home from the city. The yellow boats were slow and old and got into a number of accidents.

Like a lot of the left of the dial ethic I do think doing your own thing is imperative this way and any other way.

If a person feels like they don’t fit in it’s all the more valid in terms of a life design to do your own thing.

Having a sense of place in the world–first of all with your own livable apartment–can make the difference in recovery.

I will talk about housing more in future blog entries here.

Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and athlete.

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