Tent Cities in America
Americans are a strong people... Let us Help each other out of this homelessness crisis!
This is the most desperate our citizens have been since the great depression. Tent cities are springing up everywhere.
People are simply not able to support themselves right now.
What are we doing about it?
I am seeing a lot of blame, but is that really helping? Do we really think it is helping these people to make it a poltical issue?
It is a humanitarian issue.
Let's get down there and help our neighbors, folks.
If a group needs to camp in the property adjacent to your neighborhood and they politely ask you and you say it is okay, do not call the city and complain the next day.
If someone less fortunate than ourselves is not the right "religion" or of the political affiliation that you approve of, please do not turn your back on them.
If you have extra food in your pantry, share it. If you have an extra dollar in your wallet, give it.
This is not the time to be divisive, America.
This is the time to come together. We need each other more now than ever.
There is no more time for bickering. Save the arguments for when the house is not burning down. Let us not throw fire on fire.
Let's put this baby out.
Let's end homelessness in America now!
Every Single Solitary Soul
Deserves food and a warm, dry place to sleep.
Homeless in America - Does it have to be?
collage of homeless people from the streets of LA.
Tent City - Sacremento
Mike and his traveling companion, Sam, set out to experience life on the streets in six different cities—from Washington D.C. to San Diego— and they put themselves to the test.
Kudos and Thanks to Veronika Scott
Veronika designed a special coat, the "Element S" , which is waterproof and transforms into a sleeping bag, especially for the homeless. Read more and support her incredible project at The Empowerment Project
Occupy Wall Street
A New Spin on "Tent Cities of America"
I admit, when I started this lens, I had no idea where it would go. I expected some twists and turns. This is definitely unexpected, however. The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread to the tent cities phenomenon. Now people are living in tents, not because they are forced to, but because they want to make a statement.
The beautiful thing about this, is the Wall Street and other Cities' protesters are not leaving the homeless of America's tent cities out of the movement. They are feeding them and (rightly so, I might add) including them in the movement. One cannot tell, when walking down the street, whether the protesters are college students, regular folks, or homeless.
Way to go, Y'all!
Note of Thanks
Mark Falugo, a former Marine and businessman has become a hero to about 20 homeless Rhode Island residents by allowing them to pitch tents on a vacant lot owned by his family. - Thanks Mark!
Americana - Going...going....
A factional reconstruction of the events leading up to John Kennedy's assassination. The antihero of the book is, of course, Lee Harvey Oswald, who is as hauntingly real in this book as he was elusive in real life.
Organizations Making a Difference - Kudos to those who care
- Sacremento Loaves and Fishes
Everyone should have a safe place where they can go at night and sleep without fear. That's why we need a safe ground. Sacramento needs a safe "legalized" campground where homeless folks can have clean water, bathrooms, and trash services until our C
- Pinellas Hope
Pinellas Hope, the tent city run by Catholic Charities here since December 2007, has been largely for the chronically homeless, some of whom suffer from mental illness or struggle with drugs or alcohol. About 20% of its 240 residents became homele
- Homeless Gear
The mission of Homeless Gear is a simple one. Collect unwanted Outdoor Gear (packs, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, etc), Outdoor Basic Clothing (coats, rain gear, boots, etc) and Hygiene Products & re-distribute these items to the homeless.
- Oakridge project pairs jobs, laundry | St. Vincent de Paul is converting the town's old roller rink
OAKRIDGE - In the months that followed the news that this rural community had lost its only laundromat, the response was swift, from do-gooders near and far. Locals banded together, allowing friends and relatives who needed clean clothes to use their
- The Empowerment Plan
College student Veronika Scott designed a special coat/sleeping bag for the homeless... and went one step further - employing homeless women in shelters to make it!
- Bringing about positive changes | SeacoastOnline.com
It's not everyday the Exeter News-Letter receives a call about the positive impact it's having on the community. Recently we received several.
Harley-Davidson bikers . . . Grand Canyon river rats. . .Mormon archaeologists. . . Spelling bee prodigiesâ¦For more than fifteen years, best-selling author and historian Hampton Sides has traveled widely across the continent exploring the America that lurks just behind the scrim of our mainstream culture. Reporting for Outside, The New Yorker, and NPR, among other national media, the award-winning journalist has established a reputation not only as a wry observer of the contemporary American scene but also as one of our more inventive and versatile practitioners of narrative non-fiction.In these two dozen pieces, collected here for the first time, Sides gives us a fresh, alluring, and at times startling America brimming with fascinating subcultures and bizarre characters who could live nowhere else. Following Sides, we crash the redwood retreat of an apparent cabal of fabulously powerful military-industrialists, drop in on the Indy 500 of bass fishing, and join a giant techno-rave at the lip of the Grand Canyon. We meet a diverse gallery of American visionariesâ from the impossibly perky founder of Tupperware to Indian radical Russell Means to skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. We retrace the route of the historic Bataan Death March with veterans from Sidesâ acclaimed WWII epic, Ghost Soldiers. Sides also examines the nation that has emerged from the ashes of September 11, recounting the harrowing journeys of three World Trade Center survivors and deciding at the last possible minute not to "embed" on the Iraqi front-lines with the U.S. Marines. Americana gives us a sparkling mosaic of our country today, in all its wild and poignant charm.Experience the many faces of America with Hampton Sides as he: AMERICAN ORIGINALS. . . drops in on the charmed life of skateboarding icon Tony Hawk; studies counter-terrorism at the G. Gordon Liddy spy school; goes Hollywood with American Indian Movement radical-turned-movie-star Russell Means; steps out of the closet with Mel White, religious right ghostwriter-turned-gay activist; mushes the Iditarod Trail with Alaska legend Joe Redington. AMERICAN EDENS. . . runs the rapids during a man-made flood in the Grand Canyon; crashes the redwood retreat of Californiaâs elite Bohemian Club; debriefs the âbio-nautsâ as they emerge from captivity in the Biosphere; dives into Americaâs greatest swimming hole; gets ecstatic with the Zippies at their secret all-night techno-rave. AMERICAN RIDES. . . ponders silver bubbles at the annual Airstream RV convention; revs it up at the Harley-Davidson rally in Sturgis, South Dakota; sails the Chesapeake with snooty owners of a rare antique sailboat known as the log canoe; roams the streets with D.C.âs hard-core band of bike couriers. AMERICAN BY BIRTH, SOUTHERN BY THE GRACE OF . . .. . . speaks in tongues with black Pentecostalists of the Memphis-based Church of God in Christ; fishes for lunkers at the Bassmasters Classic; goes underground with the worldâs greatest cave rescuer; unravels the mystery of a notorious teen murder in rural Mississippi. AMERICANS ABROAD. . . crosses the Sahara Desert with American endurance runners at the infernal Marathon des Sables; bushwhacks through MesoAmerica with Mormon archaeologists in search of lost tribes of Israel; visits a high school friend whoâs become an Uzi-toting Zionist pioneer in the West Bank; walks the route of the Bataan Death March with characters from Ghost Soldiers. AMERICAN OBSESSIONS. . . cranks it up with high-end stereophiles at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas; gets bowled over by 5,000 squealing salesladies at the annual Tupperware convention; plumbs the mysteries of the "schwa" at the National Spelling Bee; scrapes at the stucco of the neurotic architectural tradition known as Santa Fe Style. AMERICA, POST 9/11. . . traces the harrowing stories of three World Trade Center survivors; goes off-roading in the Imperial Sand Dunes; almost embeds on the Iraqi frontlines with the U.S. Marines; remembers Shane Childers, the decorated Marine who became the first American combat death in Iraq.
Another Thank you Note
Ken John of HomelessGear.com
The mission of Homeless Gear is a simple one.
Collect unwanted Outdoor Gear
(packs, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, etc),
Outdoor Basic Clothing (coats, rain gear, boots, etc)
and Hygiene Products & re-distribute these items to the
Homelessness - Is there hope?
No privacy at all
Housing Cheaper than Homelessness
Interesting Post from Environmental Graffiti
According to recent studies, "costs associated with providing housing for individuals and families who are homeless within a program exceeds the Fair Market Rent cost of providing rental assistance without supportive services." The study lays out a really simple plan to curb costs of homelessness in America.
According to the study, Average homeless shelters costs American taxpayers $1,391 to $3,700, depending on the city. Homeless shelters are by far the most expensive solution to housing the homeless. A homeless cost study indicates that after an in-depth analysis of homelessness in America, taxpayers could save hundreds of thousands of dollars by simply housing the homeless in transitional, conventional housing.
Tent Cities in LA
Homelessness in America - Recent News and Developments
Issues that affect us all
- RT America
Baltimore shelters keep homeless women on the streets
- Braun: Tenafly lawyer's work with Ocean County homeless reveals a kinder side of legal profession
Jeffrey Wild, a corporate litigator, is defending dozens of homeless people camped out in a public wood in Lakewood
- The Campaign to End Homelessness in Downtown San Diego | An unprecedented opportunity to change comm
An unprecedented opportunity to change communities and lives...
One more note of thanks
To Diana Adams, for writing the initial article Help The Homeless: 10 Ways That Don't Cost Money! and to her reader Erin Margolin, who decided to take that ball and run with it! See her video below.
Great Example of Inexpensive Way to Help Homeless - Erin Margolin's Dollar Tree Shopping Spree
Erin took up the cause of the homeless after encouragement from an article by her friend Diana Adams. She shows us here how much prepackaged food in serving sizes (perfect for distributing to those who are homeless) she was able to buy for around 20 bucks. Two large reusable grocery bags full!
Kudos to both Erin and Diana for your encouragement and for taking positive action! Read more about Erin's work