Poverty Is Not an Accident

Poverty Is Not an Accident
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

A Solution to Mobile Homelessness

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Mark Horvath

Mobile homelessness may be the fastest growing poverty demographic in America today. People lose their job, then their apartment, and do everything they can to keep their vehicle. In most communities it's actually illegal to sleep in a car or RV, making the life of a mobile homeless person even harder.
I have been in meetings in Los Angeles where all the stakeholders were concerned, yet no one would step up to allow mobile homeless to park on their property.

Michelle and her kids live in this RV
As many of you know I have been around the country a few times. The "Overnight Parking Program" run by St. Vincent de Paul in Lane County is the only mobile homeless services program I have seen or even heard of to date. I am sure there are others, so if you know of one please comment below.
This interview is with Keith who runs the singles side of the program and their day center. What I didn't know until this interview is they partner businesses who have land or parking space with responsible homeless people for security. That is AWESOME! Business get free security and our homeless friends get a place to park where they won't be bothered.

Randy parks his RV at the Overnight Parking Program. I really love this interview, as it tells the life of mobile homeless.

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