Another post warning of the need to be discreet when living a homeless life.
Try to be invisible to everybody. Whether living in a vehicle, a tent, a cardboard box, a friend’s garage or shed in their back yard or wherever you are living outside the narrow norm allowed by the USA ruling masters, their army of lackeys or most of the brainwashed masses of common folks.
Here is the latest applicable news story prompting me to add this newest entry to this blog:
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Across the United States, many local governments are responding to skyrocketing levels of inequality and the now decades-long crisis of homelessness among the very poor … by passing laws making it a crime to sleep in a parked car.
This happened most recently in Palo Alto, in California’s Silicon Valley, where new billionaires are seemingly minted every month – and where 92% of homeless people lack shelter of any kind. Dozens of cities have passed similar anti-homeless laws. The largest of them is Los Angeles, the longtime unofficial “homeless capital of America”, where lawyers are currently defending a similar vehicle-sleeping law before a skeptical federal appellate court. Laws against sleeping on sidewalks or in cars are called “quality of life” laws. But they certainly don’t protect the quality of life of the poor.
To be sure, people living in cars cannot be the best neighbors. Some people are able to acquire old and ugly – but still functioning – recreational vehicles with bathrooms; others do the best they can. These same cities have resisted efforts to provide more public toilet facilities, often on the grounds that this will make their city a “magnet” for homeless people from other cities. As a result, anti-homeless ordinances often spread to adjacent cities, leaving entire regions without public facilities of any kind.
Their hope, of course, is that homeless people will go elsewhere, despite the fact that the great majority of homeless people are trying to survive in the same communities in which they were last housed – and where they still maintain connections. Americans sleeping in their own cars literally have nowhere to go.
Indeed, nearly all homelessness in the US begins with a loss of income and an eviction for nonpayment of rent – a rent set entirely by market forces. The waiting lists are years long for the tiny fraction of housing with government subsidies. And rents have risen dramatically in the past two years, in part because long-time tenants must now compete with the millions of former homeowners who lost their homes in the Great Recession.
The paths from eviction to homelessness follow familiar patterns. For the completely destitute without family or friends able to help, that path leads more or less directly to the streets. For those slightly better off, unemployment and the exhaustion of meager savings – along with the good graces of family and friends – eventually leaves people with only two alternatives: a shelter cot or their old automobile.
However, in places like Los Angeles, the shelters are pretty much always full. Between 2011 and 2013, the number of unsheltered homeless people increased by 67%. In Palo Alto last year, there were 12 shelter beds for 157 homeless individuals. Homeless people in these cities do have choices: they can choose to sleep in a doorway, on a sidewalk, in a park, under a bridge or overpass, or – if they are relatively lucky – in a car. But these cities have ordinances that make all of those choices a criminal offense. The car is the best of bad options, now common enough that local bureaucrats have devised a new, if oxymoronic, term – the “vehicularly housed”.
People sleeping in cars try to find legal, nighttime parking places, where they will be less apparent and arouse the least hostility. But cities like Palo Alto and Los Angeles often forbid parking between 2am and 5am in commercial areas, where police write expensive tickets and arrest and impound the vehicles of repeat offenders. That leaves residential areas, where overnight street parking cannot, as a practical matter, be prohibited.
One finds the “vehicularly housed” in virtually every neighborhood, including my own. But the animus that drives anti-homeless laws seems to be greatest in the wealthiest cities, like Palo Alto, which has probably spawned more per-capita fortunes than any city on Earth, and in the more recently gentrified areas like Los Angeles’ Venice. These places are ruled by majorities of “liberals” who decry, with increasing fervor, the rapid rise in economic inequality. Nationally, 90% of Democrats (and 45% of Republicans) believe the government should act to reduce the rich-poor gap.
It is easy to be opposed to inequality in the abstract. So why are Los Angeles and Palo Alto spending virtually none of their budgets on efforts to provide housing for the very poor and homeless? When the most obvious evidence of inequality parks on their street, it appears, even liberals would rather just call the police. The word from the car: if you’re not going to do anything to help, please don’t make things worse.
When I used my car as a bedroom I was working full time but the miserly pay was only enough to chip in $200 monthly to pay the rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in a suburb of the San Francisco Bay area. The 5 people living inside the place did not allow room for me. Since three of those residents were children the parents and I wanted to allow as normal of a life possible (in the general USA version of normal).
I had a place to cook, clean, receive a phone call, store a few clothes and relax in the evening and on weekend days. My input was of immense assistance since a large portion of that family’s income was devoted to rent and utilities.
I know that fairly recent arrival of many hundreds, perhaps a few thousand, illegal aliens flocking into the area drove up rental costs along with taking every already scarce job available.
“Why don’t you you get a part-time job to accompany your full-time low-pay job” some of those higher up the social-economic hierarchy will growl at folks such as I unable to afford even the dumpiest hovel in the crime- and drug-infested parts of town. Well, when you see many dozens of full-grown adults applying for part-time minimum-wage jobs at the fast-food joints and your full-time job is a blue-collar laboring type with quitting times that vary greatly the impediments to an already very scarce part-time job can be insurmountable.
When my full-time job disappeared when yet another small-business closed its doors and then the full-time job after that one, for a small construction firm started when the owner returned home from World War Two, closed its doors permanently after 4 decades-plus but with the unrelenting recession forcing the closure, there were no other jobs to be had. Well, for folks such as I.
The expendables. The ones the ruling elites and their lackeys use to fill the ranks of the military they use to enforce their will upon folks across the world.
“Defend the USA” I hear and read. From what? The military sure doesn’t do a thing to stop mega-millions of invaders from crossing the borders and ensure the elites and their cohorts do not have to pay mire than a bare minimum for their laboring classes.
If those invaders harmed the wages and lives of those at the higher levels of the social-economic hierarchy those invading hordes would be stopped before they could enter the USA!!!!
And such is life in a country in the throes of class warfare.
There are homeless folks that I admit are not the classiest folks around. A percentage of the homeless are mentally ill and others are addicted to various substances. I do not know how to assist those folks. Some of them are likely beyond help unless it is forced upon them. I have wondered if there should be some sort of “work camp” scenario to keep the unruly portion of the homeless segregated from general society where they are required to perform useful tasks and, in return, have a place to sleep, eat and have their basic needs met. Just an idea but that aspect of homelessness is not related to this blogs’ purpose.
My blog is to offer ideas, advice, tips, etc. to the “normal” folks of society who are facing tough times and are civil towards others; posing no threat to anybody.
With the USA populace viewing even decent homeless folks as a threat, as undesirables forced to move on.. and on… until what and where? Disappear to avoid reminding the better off populace that their beloved system is a failure? That wealth continues to be siphoned off and sent ever-upwards into the hands of the ruling masters, their lackeys and those not yet struck by bad luck.
Folks… as I repeatedly declare… prepare in advance for homelessness unless you have ample wealth already or have a guaranteed fall-back system where relatives, friends, whoever will allow you to live in their housing unit. But, how sure are you that safety net will always be there and that you will be welcomed for an extended stay?
For myself, I have no safety net. There is nobody ready to take me into their home. I am on my own. Luckily I have no kids to ensure are kept housed. I have my long-bed pick-up with a camper shell to quickly convert to a mobile abode but I hope that day never occurs.
However, knowing that the future looks bleak I am still seeking a used cargo van that will be easier to live in for several reasons. One major advantage of a van over other vehicles is being able to live in a “stealth mode.” That is living inside without passers-by knowing you are asleep inside.
I have covered this topic previously and will go into more details in future blog entries.
The main purpose of this entry was to assist you and others in knowing the article above exists. That article verifies some of what I have written in earlier entries.
In the meantime, prepare for the worst, folks. The class war is ongoing and growing in intensity. If you are one of the masses of common folks despised by so many higher up the social-economic hierarchy and you do not have a guaranteed safety net to step in and ensure that homelessness is not your fate now is the time to start preparations for an unsure future or to continue the preparations already started.