You are doing a good job, not smashing up people and keeping away from drugs. You are very correct that is not the path you want to take.
Ok loner as you know you can get a state identification, make sure you get your social security card and your birth certificate, and it might help if you still have a photo id from somewhere. I am not sure if you might still have any of these?
I am not sure if hittin the homeless trail is a very good idea right now, because you have a support system in place right now. I think that would be pretty important to keep, plus connection to people can be very helpful for your mental wellbeing. Our relationships can be pretty important to have...i.e. like your niece and her kids...
I think focusing in on getting a job is a really good idea. I wonder if you have found a place when you have been walking around? Man, do not give up if you are having a hard time finding a job, everyone is having a problem right now, and your struggle is going to be more difficult. Even the most humble of jobs can give you a sense of self-esteem and self-efficacy in that you are contributing and wow getting a paycheck! Granted sometimes there can be alot of abuse with any job, but hey man you make it thru 15 years of prison, I think you can make it thru darn near about
I know to work you generally need id to work so I am wondering if you can get even a basic id or driver's liscense (wow it is expensive in Florida)
This is for state id's and driver's liscense in FL:http://www.flhsmv.gov/realid/index.html