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After 33 Years On The Street, Homeless Man Finally Has A Place Of His Own

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In 1984, Rob Marriner from New Zealand found himself in an impossible situation. The teenager had to choose to live in a home with his abusive father, or to leave and take his chances on his own. For the next 33 years, he lived alone on the streets of Auckland, sleeping in alleys, taking showers at local swimming pools when he could and surviving with the help of a few close friends.

While most people sleeping rough are grateful for any help they can get, Marriner was very independent, and made headlines around the world after warning people not to give money to panhandlers. Instead, he suggested people donate food or supplies like a warm blanket whenever they could.

Now, after decades of working, saving and waiting, Rob finally has a place he can call home.

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One of Rob's friends from the street, Jason Raiwhara, had managed to move into a small rental property, but soon died of cancer. While this was tragic, there was a silver lining: Rob was able to take his friend's place and move into the home.

Now, him and his roommate call the 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house their own, and Rob is enjoying all the comforts he missed for over 30 years.

Click the next page to take a tour of Rob's home, and learn how he's adjusting!

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