HUD Wants to Make Living in a Tiny House or RV Illegal

We’re working on locating links to HUD so that we can speak out *Against* these “regulations”. Please take action in any way that you can, start by sharing this information with your friends and families. [edit] here’s a link to HUD’s page – https://goo.gl/iY7SPi

The tiny house movement has taken America by storm, in part because our economy is in the toilet. People are striving to reduce their expenses by embracing minimalism. They’re breaking free from the corporate grind because, as I’ve always advised, they are learning to live with less and radically reducing their expenses.

But, these days in America, you are sharply admonished when you try to live your life outside of the strictures of the 9-5 world. Is it any surprise that the government is now taking steps to limit our ability to drastically reduce our expenses? They always seem to make illegal anything we try to do to be more independent and moving into a tiny house appears to be the next on their list.

via HUD Wants to Make Living in a Tiny House or RV Illegal

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Tents, campers and dogs, oh my | Cabins, containers, tiny homes and yurts, oh my

A Shared Story from one of our fellow homeless friends:

It has been quite awhile since we last posted. It was a pretty difficult year for us and now we have finally landed in a tiny camper in the desert (southern California). It will be and has been pretty hot for us and we are happy to have our new home. Well, all I can say is I wanted to live in a tiny home and I sure did get my wish. Will write more about living in a camper soon.

Meanwhile you can read more about camping with dogs and more at the link below as well as about a great insulated tent called a Shift Pod. It is waterproof, wind resistant, built for the harsh climate of the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada (hot during the day and cold at night), and easy to set up (in less than five minutes). It is six feet high and can easily fit a queen size bed and a table and chair, and other gear for your camping adventures. Also being utilized as relief/disaster shelter and shelter for people without homes.

http://celiasue.com/2016/03/28/camping-is-for-the-dogs/
https://shiftpods.comhttps://shiftpods.com

Source: Tents, campers and dogs, oh my

Unwanted: Brian and Erica Hunt’s Evictions Put the Elderly at Risk on Vimeo

Unwanted: Brian and Erica Hunt’s Evictions Put the Elderly at Risk from Peter Menchini on Vimeo.

There are lots of ways that we become homeless, this is one of the rather common ones. Someone decides that they want the property that we own or rent, they purchase it without our consent, and now we live and perhaps die, on the streets. ~ gnat

Robert Dodd will die. If Brian and Erica Hunt succeed in evicting him to satisfy their greed, Robert, who has survived cancer and HIV, will not survive without his network of caregivers, doctors and medical services. When we say, “Eviction = Death”, we mean it.

via Unwanted: Brian and Erica Hunt’s Evictions Put the Elderly at Risk on Vimeo.

***Another article submitted to us by one of our fans here at Occupy  Homeless, thank You Peter Menchini, for the work that you’re doing and for sharing this important information with us!

Homeless In America: 5 Things to Say And 5 Things To Not Say

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USA / San Francisco / May 2004 Christine beg to many on Fulton street of San Francisco. The city spends $200 million a year trying to get homeless people off the streets and into a better way of life – but over 20 years, the problem has only gotten worse. † Fatih Pinar / Anzenberger

When you see a homeless person, what do you do?

Most of us tend to have the same response: We avoid eye contact and walk a little faster. But you might also ponder the situation, thinking to yourself, What’s his story? How did this happen to her? How long have they lived on the streets? Maybe you even wanted to help, but didn’t know how to start a conversation.

Should you decide to talk to one of the more than 600,000 homeless individuals in the United States, what you say is vitally important. Utter the wrong thing, and you make a person in crisis feel less than human. Make the right comment, however, and you just might provide the help that he or she so desperately needs. Here’s what the experts advise saying and what’s better left unsaid. [cont reading] via Homeless In America: 5 Things to Say And 5 Things To Not Say.

~ shared by gnat for Occupy Homeless

Occupy Homeless

Earlier this week we shared a comic to our FaceBook Page addressing the need to do a little more than just seeing and acknowledging the problems with poverty and homelessness. Because it got little attention in the Facebook-normal sense of the word, i suppose the basic message got across, but the whole idea behind the message kept bothering me… it tried to write about it, and couldn’t find the words… i tried to ignore it, the comic kept getting in my face… So i decided that i’d remake the whole thing, using an actual person to bring this awareness a small step forward.

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Somewhere between the insult and the irony expressed in this graphic, stands a small truth that we should really consider. That is, IF we are serious about seeing a change to this all too common, story.

It really does start with each of us choosing to do one small thing for someone else. It means, purchasing a bag of socks, and giving those socks to a few people. It means, buying an extra sandwich and giving it to the man or woman standing on the corner. It means, donating our time to a shelter, mission, or some other outreach program. It means, giving a dollar to this project and also sharing our content. It means, helping us to develop stories that you yourself would like to see on our pages. Basically, we’re asking each of us, to help each other.

Or we can keep waiting on the same groups to do things that supposedly help, but got us right where we are. ~ gnat

… servitude and abject poverty…

the taker

“Sure, sign me up for a life of servitude and abject poverty, where all of my labor enriches ‘the ruler’, so that he can live a life of leisure and plenty. I’ll strip the land that i live upon bare for years without end, so that the ‘Land Lord’ can have a nice house and things created from the resources that once gave my people enough. Let me work away my life and health, only to be discarded once my use to the Master is gone. Then once i have nothing, I’ll beg for a little food and safe shelter, and live a painful while longer with the name that the Owner of my worth calls me – “the taker”.” ~ tom garner

[the photo was taken from an article on the following page. The photographer of the original image is stated there. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/21/us/50-years-into-the-war-on-poverty-hardship-hits-back.html — text added to image by OccupyHomeless staff]

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES — Helping or Harming

Goodwill

Goodwill Industries a great place for low income families; or so it would seem. You can walk in with twenty dollars, and walk out with two bags full of clothes. Just a nice clean thrift store, helping out in the communities; or so it would seem.

Goodwill Industries, a tax-exempt, non profit, generates more than five million dollars in annual revenue. Executives get paid a six to seven digit salary, but pays its employees twenty two cents per hour; which is all legal. I did not say it was right, I said it was legal. Goodwill employs the disabled, the Fair Labor Standard Act of 1938 gives the employer the right to pay people with disabilities sub-minimum wages.

A bill called Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment (TIME), was introduced to Congress in January 2015. This bill would phase out the special wage certificate, the bill reached the floor in April 2015, but the bill is still alive.

In 1938 TIME seemed to be a good idea, but in 2016 it has been way out dated. So the next time you decide to donate think about the men and women making slave wages, to benefit who?

There was a time when we saw a person in need, and handed him/her clothes free of charge. Now in this society we think about giving to Goodwill for a small tax break, not thinking that the man/woman that needed those clothes, will now have to find the money they don’t have, to buy them.

— J.S. / gnat1ette

Ref: http://www.cheatsheet.com/business/how-goodwill-industries-fails-to-show-good-will.html/?a=viewall

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