My choice for homeless living is a cargo van.
The long-wheelbase version is my choice. Steel walls provide security and as long as the vehicle is operational you are highly mobile. Stealth living in towns/cities is also possible. And there is room for a camping-style potty for the times a conventional restroom is not available.
If you do not have a vehicle to live in or the one you have is too small or whatever you may require another place to sleep. Tents are an option but there are many drawbacks. If your area has wooded areas scattered throughout the town or if the town is surrounded by wooded areas you may have places to camp for a night or longer. Always be discreet. Out of sight is best. Enforcement varies across the USA. Some places are quick to send you packing. Some places haul your stuff away with no warning. Ask around your area so you are aware of the legalities you confront.
Theft and vandalism are always concerns. If you have a job you will be away from your camp site for a part of the day. Do you take down your tent daily, hide it or take it with you. then set it up again when ready to sleep? What a pain. Maybe take the tent down then hide it near the campsite then reassemble later. Won’t that be fun when its freezing cold or raining or snowing or whatever.
There is a post about using tarps as a tent/shelter elsewhere in this blog. This post mentions a unique tent that may have advantages over a traditional tent along with the disadvantages have having a penthouse tent. Some are obvious… you need trees!!!
“A 100% waterproof rainfly clips directly to the ratchets, and its distinct lateral wing cut keeps gear and ground dry below.” When the wind blows that rain I doubt the rainfly thing will keep the ground dry.
There is data at the Web site. The $520 price could deter some to many folks. If that price is paid you will likely take great care to keep it from being stolen. Since two to three adults can sleep in it perhaps a duo or trio could arrange things so that somebody was always present to guard the thing.
There are three videos at the firm’s Web site (link above) with one titled: “BALANCING AND EQUALISING.” Watch it. Appears it could be a pain in the butt installing the thing in a way that makes the tent usable. I am now convinced that this tent-type should only be used in a semi-permanent to permanent location. Being above the bugs and snakes and skunks and roving mutts (some are mean) is a plus. Always ensure you are not in a flood zone. That is common sense and basic self-preservation. However, a hard enough rain can cause puddling that can invade a ground-based tent. Though not a danger to life it can be a royal pain having your stuff, and you, getting soaked. Being up in the air avoids that.
Here is a video from YouTube reviewing this tent:
This tent was tossed out for all to see so that you fine folks will know that it exists. Ample limitations and drawbacks but the positives present may make it the best option for your needs.
Link checked July 13, 2022