Homeless Era

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The Homeless Era was the second-longest running Era in the Daniel Larson saga behind the Housing Arc, where Daniel first gained infamy. Judging from the name of it, the Homeless Era was an extended period of time wherein Daniel was homeless. Counting all the days Daniel where was not in official long-term housing or something adjacent, Daniel was homeless for a total of 796 days, making this the longest time period in the Larsonverse behind the First Housing Arc, last a whopping 2 1/2 years. The Homeless Era lasted from approximately December 2021 to April 30, 2024, with a break between August to October of 2022.

There have been 2 homeless arcs, with temporary breaks when Daniel rents motels or is put into state-subsidized housing. The Homeless Era began after Daniel ran away from his caretaker, Jonas, sometime around the end of 2021[lower-alpha 1], ending the First Housing Arc. This event marked the end of the Classic Era, and the start of the Homeless Era.

Daniel received housing with the Shields Foundation in August 2022, but was evicted following an altercation with his care providers on October 16th, 2022, which arose due to his extremely violent outbursts towards them. Daniel was also temporarily institutionalized during the Jail Arc, as well as his several other arrests. Despite these two breaks from homelessness, Daniel was intermittently homeless throughout the era.

Throughout the Homeless Era, Daniel faced several challenges, such as frequently getting sick, somehow contracting trench foot, getting into several altercations, being arrested several times, adopting a dog before having it taken away from him, sleeping in an elevator with several homeless drug addicts, being banned from several services, and becoming significantly more mentally ill than when the start of the arc began. Despite trying to look for an apartment, or other forms of long-term housing, Daniel ultimately failed due to his irresponsibility with money, as well as other factors.

On April 30, 2024, Daniel was arrested by the FBI on seven charges, thereby ending the Homeless Era after almost two and a half years. There is a chance the Homeless Era may return, but given Daniel's current circumstances, it is unlikely.

Origins

Background

The events preceding the Homeless Era were outlined by the First Housing Arc, where Daniel lived with a host named Jonas, along with a housemate named Gavin, as well as Jonas' wife. The household was in a constant state of chaos,[2] as Gavin (much like Daniel) would have frequent outbursts that caused Daniel to act out in response. Daniel's paranoia during this arc was strong, so much so that Daniel, at one point, believed that he had been "poisoned" with mustard in his macaroni and cheese.

Daniel fought with Jonas and Gavin constantly, and at one point, believed Jonas to have been abusing him and hitting him. At one point, he even said that Jonas was "being racist" towards him.[3] This is extremely ironic, especially given his use of the n-word. It was extremely obvious that Jonas, despite never kicking Daniel out, did not want him in the house, as they'd get into frequent altercations due to Daniel refusing to follow the rules, as well as frequently verbally abusing him. This would come to a head sometime around the beginning of 2022, when Daniel ran away from Jonas' house, ending the Classic Era and First Housing Arc, which started the Homeless Era. The departure may have also been influenced by trolls or managers, though this cannot be confirmed. While the day in which Daniel left housing is unknown, much of the community agrees that it most likely occurred on December 13th, 2021.

Daniel has stated that his music "career" led him to be homeless, as, apparently, his caretakers were "holding him back".[citation needed] But no matter what the reasons were, from this day onwards, Daniel would become a homeless vagrant.

First Homeless Arc

Living Conditions

Despite running away from housing, Daniel had been able to (albeit, barely) survive being homeless, though it has had severe consequences for his health. He has done so through various, oftentimes illegal means, such as dine and dashing and causing scenes in public areas, which in some cases has resulted in him getting arrested. Since he is constantly on his phone (such as when he ran an entire marathon, phone in hand), Daniel would regularly loiter for hours to charge his phone at restaurants or other public areas.

On occasion, Daniel would resort to trespassing if he couldn't find a receptacle in a public place, often causing points of contention with the staff. At one point, he even tried to charge his phone on someone else's porch (and when confronted, called him the N-word, no less). Being without a home does not provide ample opportunity for bathing, obviously. Though, when Daniel wasgiven the opportunity to clean himself at places such as motels or planet fitness's (at least, before he got banned from them), he often refused them. Daniel has been in a visibly dirty state for months on end, with his nails overgrown and dirt caked underneath them. It is unknown why Daniel refuses to shower, however, it can be assumed that it comes from sensory overloads that come with his autism, which he is notably afflicted with.

Twitch channel, and help from Briiink and Ox

During late May, Daniel was approached by Briiink, a popular TikTok user. Briiink helped Daniel greatly by taking Daniel out for meals, allowing him to bath and get a haircut, which made him look presentable in public again.

Sometime in July, Daniel was then introduced to Twitch, a popular streaming service, by Ox, his then manager. Ox, at the time, wished to help Daniel by getting him enough money to have a long-term living arrangement. He would accomplish this through Twitch he was able to receive donations which he used to get hotels or Airbnbs. Though, many people question his methods of helping Daniel, as once, Ox leaked Daniel's phone number,[citation needed] as well as playing a video of a fake nuke warning, causing Daniel to almost be kicked out of the motel he was staying at during streaming, due to him becoming alarmed and alerting hotel staff..

On November 22nd, Briiink would completely cut off Daniel due to him disagreeing with his actions, as well as his background (presumably alluding to his pedophilic tendancies) and violent outbursts, which he'd experianced firsthand.[4][5]

Broken phone

On July 26, 2022, Daniel broke his phone by throwing it during heated argument with his "mentor". Daniel never said who this mentor was, but usually when Daniel references his mentor, it is Bob (or a Bob impersonator). Daniel could have also been speaking about Brink. While Daniel was explaining the situation, he accidentally dropped his new $300 tablet that he was 'forced' to buy, breaking it.

DDRC visit

On July 27, 2022, Daniel visited the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC) in an attempt to obtain housing and explain his court situation. This would eventually prove succesful, as Daniel would be placed into housing very soon.

Second Housing Arc

Main Article: Second Housing Arc

On August 31, 2022, Daniel was placed into a home, starting the Second Housing Arc. Not much is known about Daniel's time in this house, but from the video Daniel took while being kicked out, it can be surmised that Daniel had been giving out the address of his disability housing (or at the very least, was doxxed), which resulted in several deliveries and pizza bombs. Due to this, a meeting was held to discuss what would happen to Daniel following this.

It also did not help that within a couple of days after moving in, he had already caused considerable damage to the house from punching holes in the wall, as well as having meltdowns. Daniel was evicted on October 16, 2022, and received a $1,000 citation due to the property damage. Miss P, one of his housing providers, told police that she was in fear for her life because of Daniel, which really begs the question as to what else Daniel had done while in this housing program to make her say this. The eviction includes a notable meltdown.

Video assembled by "Daniel Larson Curator"

Second Homeless Arc

Transported to Colorado Springs

On October 19, Daniel spent some time with his 'new friends' at Dave & Buster's. The next day, on October 20, after spending the night in a hotel, they brought Daniel up to Colorado Springs. Here is is alleged that they realized Daniel was too much trouble and abandoned him at a Walgreens. Daniel felt forced to walk back to Denver; he made it to Monument, Colorado before being picked up by fans. That night, Daniel refused to go to a homeless shelter because he thought he was too famous.

Preparing for the Cold

Daniel spends most of his time in Denver, Colorado, which has average lows of 23 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter.[6] Daniel has never been homeless during the winter, causing some to question his ability to survive in these conditions. Daniel has already been forced to spend a night in an elevator with other homeless men.

Homeless Elevator

On October 25, 2022, Daniel uploaded a video in which he is sharing an elevator with three other presumably homeless men. Lighters are visible in the video, indicating that there may have been drug use, although this is merely speculation.

An unknown fan tracked down the location to 39°45'23.5"N 105°00'06.9"W, matching the metal grating seen in the video with the stairs going up to the pedestrian bridge located there.

December 10th Incident

(See December 10th Incident)

Travel Arc

(See Travel Arc)

The Travel Arc began immediately after the December 10th Incident, when Bob bought Daniel a plane ticket to Los Angeles, California. The arc spanned Daniel's travels across several states by plane and bus, including: California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and New York. Bob eventually purchased a plane ticket for Daniel to return to Denver, ending the Travel Arc and returning to the ambiguity of the Homeless Era.

Return to Denver

After the Travel Arc, Daniel returned to Denver from New York, where he has been since.

Sleeping on mountains and use of storage unit

On December 30 2023 Daniel was livestreaming on TikTok when he had a conversation with a fan. Daniel revealed that he had slept on top of a mountain and that he has a storage unit where he keeps some of things, including a sleeping bag.

Transcript

I slept up on Lookout Mountain.

On Lookout Mountain there?

I walked all the way up, yeah.

Wait, like on the bench or something?

There's, there's like a picnic area all the way up near Buffalo Bill's grave.

Yeah.

And I went all the way up there.

Is it indoors or?

It's outdoors.

Man, were you cold man?

Yeah. It is what it is right now.

Need to buy you a hat or something or something? Seriously. It's like all you, all you have to wear?

I have a, well I got a storage unit down in Denver now.

Okay.

And I have a sleeping bag and stuff down there. So.

Do you bring it around with you?

I try to, but it's dangly people coming up to me.

Yeah.

So, it is what it is.

Well, it's cool meeting you bro.

Thank you. Do you want to make a TikTok or something or? Sure, sure. Yeah, that's fine. I can do a TikTok. Cool. I'm gonna get my TikTok up. Cause I have a, you don't have to post it on yours. Yeah, also, I know you need money, but it's, when you put your.

The Jail Arc

Following Daniel's arrest on the 3rd of February, he was placed in jail between Arapahoe and Boulder County. This started the Jail Arc. He had spent a month within the jail system until the 1st of March 2024 when he was released on 12 months of probation. Following his release, he had become homeless again.

March 19th Arrest

Daniel was arrested on March 19, 2024 and placed into the Jefferson County Jail, spending three days there until his release on the 22nd. Following that, he became homeless again.

April 6th Meltdown

(See April 6th Meltdown)

Second Jail Arc

Daniel was arrested on April 30, 2024 by the FBI and placed into the Jefferson County Detention Facility, being transferred the next day to a holding cell. [7] Given the situation, Daniel is likely to be in prison for an extended period of time. This marked the official end of the Homeless Era, and is to be the longest arc within the Daniel Larson universe.

See Also

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References

Footnotes

  1. The exact date of this is unclear, but it can be assumed that Daniel ran away around the end of 2021, due to Daniel being definitely homeless during the Headset Arc, which happened during early 2022.