In most states, you’re supposed to update the address on things like your drivers license within 30 days if your address changes. For most of us with stable housing, that’s just an occasional hassle we do very rarely. But what about the people who are at the edge of homelessness who rotate between living in their car, with friends, in motels, and in rentals depending on their current economic situation? I can’t imagine that they go down to the DMV every time their housing situation changes.
Do the government agencies–like the DMV, police, social services–have policies in place to deal with people whose addresses may change on a monthly basis? Or does the government just assume everyone has a permanent address and people with unstable housing get to deal with the consequences of not fitting into the system?