Living In A Car

I’ve never lived in a car, but I’ve had friends who did. It’s a very bad sign that the numbers are growing:

Tim Barker never thought he’d have to live in his truck. Four months ago, the plumber was in a one-bedroom apartment in California’s San Fernando Valley, with a pool and a Jacuzzi. Then, on his birthday in October, he and 199 other plumbers were laid off by their union, Local 761 in Burbank. Now Barker’s son sleeps on the sofa of his cousin’s one-bedroom Hollywood apartment, and Barker sleeps on the roof of the apartment building – or in his 2003 Ford Ranger pickup. “I’m 47, and I’ve never lived in my car,” says Barker, a husky 220-lb. single father with sandy hair and a rapid-fire voice. In January, as torrential rains pelted the streets of Southern California, father and son were sleeping in the truck in San Pedro, next to the Los Angeles Harbor. “We were able to spend four nights in the Vagabond Motel, but for two nights we slept in the car,” says Barker. “It was raining, cold, and the cat was jumping on us. We both got sick.”

For people who cannot afford rent, a car is the last rung of dignity and sanity above the despair of the streets. A home on wheels is a classic American affair, from the wagon train to the RV. Now, for some formerly upwardly mobile Americans, the economic storm has turned the backseat or the rear of the van into the bedroom. “We found six people sleeping in their cars on an overnight police ride-along in December,” says John Edmund, chief of staff to Long Beach councilman Dee Andrews. “One was a widow living in a four-door sedan. She and her husband had been Air Force veterans. She did not know about the agencies that could help her. I had tears in my eyes afterwards.”

“Cars are the new homeless shelters,” says Joel John Roberts, CEO of PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) Partners, the largest provider of services for the homeless in Los Angeles County, which had nearly 50,000 people homeless in 2009. Of these, experts estimate that up to 10% live in vehicles – even though doing so is illegal in most of the county. A similar situation is true for many other regions across the nation, especially in the Sun Belt. A woman lives in her BMW in Marina Del Rey, a swank L.A. address on the coast. PATH outreach workers Jorge Guzman and Tomasz Babiszkiewicz say she was an executive recruiter until the Great Recession. “She was self-employed for 36 years,” says Guzman. “Now she sits in the car with a blanket and reads. She has not told her daughter.”

2 thoughts on “Living In A Car

  1. I have a friend who manages a storage unit facility and he has a couple dozen customers who store their belongings their and live in their cars. They spend a lot of time in the parking lot reading and they use the restrooms inside the facility. They try and set their storage units up so they can sleep there though his company is aggressive about discouraging that.

    I have another friend who deals in antiques and has a storage locker. In that facility, there are a lot of people living in their space.

    In Los Angeles, you can’t even rent a studio for under $600 a month, so a $350 a month storage unit becomes a real bargain, even if you don’t have a bathroom.

    I spent this past year trying to find a part time job to cover the grocery money. It took me 8 months to find a job that gives me 13 hours per week. A friend’s son just got a job at Pottery Barn and he gets 3 – 5 hours per week. It’s just insane what we’re doing.

  2. “There’s class warfare, all right, Mr. (Warren) Buffett said, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

    The elite’s government FEARS you!!!!!!

    Their fear is manifested in the laws they pass. Here is a law banning what MANY of the Founders wrote is a RIGHT of citizens when a government no longer represents them:

    Section 2385. Advocating overthrow of Government

    Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises,
    o teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of
    overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or
    the government of any state,territory,district or possession
    thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by
    force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of
    any such government; or Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or
    destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues,
    circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or
    printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty,necessity,
    desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any
    government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts
    to do so; or Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society,
    group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the
    overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with,any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the
    purposes thereof –

    Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than
    twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by
    the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five
    years next following his conviction.

    If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this
    section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty
    years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any
    department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

    As used in this section, the terms ”organizes” and ”organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes,
    and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.

    Corporate America is becoming increasingly more powerful and
    influential. Yet, according to the government of for and by the elites YOU,
    a citizen, have to accept whatever the government does with NO recourse other than voting…… and there is sufficient proof that shows to me voting is worthless since the entrenched power structure ensures that the emplaced elite class can not be removed.

    The Founders specifically wrote of the people’s right to abolish a government when it no longer represents them.

    Tyranny is upon is!!!

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