Originally Posted by RDire
Living near 495 would be ideal but as long as I’m near some highway
I'm not seeing 495 in the list here...
This may work for you... or might not. Don't know your circumstances.
If it does not work, then I'm sorry to waste your time...
Around here I see most every construction site and many heavy equipment rental companies with obvious privately owned RVs parked back in a corner. All have a black-on-yellow or black-on-white 4'x8' (or so) vinyl banner hanging off the side and reading "Security".
They get free rent, water, power and telephone in exchange for monitoring a few security cameras, a walk around of the property a few times between 5pm and 8am and weekends and calling the local cops if there's a problem.
Most of them have a curious dog that runs free over the site at night... around here all the construction sites have perimeter chain link fences/gates... makes it easy to make trespassing charges stick... if you are inside the fence line, you're trespassing.
You don't have to be hovering over the security monitors, the motion sensing feature on the security cameras goes BZZZT when your attention is needed...
I was told that the person in the RV is generally a friend of the project manager, builder / general contractor, or the property owner. In other words, he knows someone...
The above info comes from a 25 minute chat with a construction site security guy about 15 years ago. I was asking how to get into that kind of gig... I got discouraged when I heard that his employer wanted all military veterans. That persons circumstances were that he was a former Marine, was taking morning classes at the local college (bicycle distance), doing a 4 year program over 8 years, and had been doing the "security gig" for the last 7 years. He commented that the only difference there was at a site that had a manned security office during construction was that the plumbing construction plans had an extra faucet and an extra sewer cleanout included... where his trailer was parked... for his water hose and his stinky slinky. His shore power came from a 30a outlet patched into a parking lot light pole by the electrical contractor.
Might be worth researching what it takes in Massachusetts for a guard card and if that state has it, an armed guard endorsement... then look around for a heavy equipment rental yard, a construction site, a manufacturing company, or a Public-Storage-type-of-place or an impound yard that needs a night guard. Naturally, you need to be able to sleep during the day and the noise of the site may be a problem for some people. And as I said above, it helps to know the property owner or the builder. In the case of the person I talked to he was a nephew of the general contractor and was on his 20th construction site in 6 years.
I expect that in Massachusetts the circumstances for security guard licensing will be different. For all I know about Massachusetts you may not need a guard card.
Also, most states have "hire the disabled" and "hire the handicapped" programs that make it attractive for an employer to hire them. If Massachusetts does, you might want to dig up all the details... hiring you might get an employer a break... something to bring up when asking for the job.
Does your disability prevent a sit-down job? Locally the state universities all have campus police... Just yesterday an acquaintance applied for a dispatch position... 8 hours a day answering phones and telling cops where to go for $4847 a month (to start). That's about $28 an hour or $1k a week. He found that job on indeed.com (where the job hunt search has a feature for a zip code and a radius around it).