Skip to comments.Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes
Posted on 09/12/2016 11:05:04 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate.
According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day. And it isnt just adults that we are talking about. It has been reported that that the number of homeless children in this country has risen by 60 percent since the last recession, and Poverty USA says that a total of 1.6 million children slept either in a homeless shelter or in some other form of emergency housing at some point last year. Yes, the stock market may have been experiencing a temporary boom for the last couple of years, but for those on the low end of the economic scale things have just continued to deteriorate.
Tonight, countless numbers of homeless people will try to make it through another chilly night in large tent cities that have been established in the heart of major cities such as Seattle, Washington, D.C. and St. Louis. Homelessness has gotten so bad in California that the L.A. City Council has formally asked Governor Jerry Brown to officially declare a state of emergency. And in Portland the city has extended their homeless emergency for yet another year, and city officials are really struggling with how to deal with the booming tent cities that have sprung up
There have always been homeless people in Portland, but last summer Michelle Cardinal noticed a change outside her office doors.
Almost overnight, it seemed, tents popped up in the park that runs like a green carpet past the offices of her national advertising business. She saw assaults, drug deals and prostitution. Every morning, she said, she cleaned human feces off the doorstep and picked up used needles.
It started in June and by July it was full-blown. The park was mobbed, she said. Weve got a problem here and the question is how were going to deal with it.
But of course it isnt just Portland that is experiencing this. The following list of major tent cities that have become so well-known and established that they have been given names comes from Wikipedia
Camp Hope, Las Cruces, New Mexico  Camp Quixote, Olympia, Washington State Camp Take Notice, Ann Arbor, Michigan Dignity Village, Portland, Oregon Opportunity Village, Eugene, Oregon Maricopa County Sheriffs Tent City, Phoenix, Arizona New Jack City and Little Tijuana, Fresno, California Nickelsville, located in Seattle Right 2 Dream Too, Portland, Oregon River Haven, Ventura County, California Safe Ground, Sacramento, California The Jungle, San Jose, California Temporary Homeless Service Area (THSA), Ontario, California Tent City (100+ residents) of Lakewood, New Jersey Tent City, Avenue A and 13th Street, Lubbock, Texas Tent City, New Jersey forest Tent City, Bernalillo County, New Mexico Tent City, banks of the American River, Sacramento, California Tent City 3, Seattle Tent City, Chicago, Illinois  Tent City 4, eastern King County outside of Seattle The Point, where the Gunnison River and Colorado River meet The Village of Hope and Community of Hope, Fresno, California Transition Park, Camden, New Jersey Tent City, Fayette County, Tennessee,  Camp Unity Eastside, Woodinville, WA  China Hat Road, Bend, Oregon
Most of the time, those that establish tent cities do not want to be discovered because local authorities have a nasty habit of shutting them down and forcing homeless people out of the area. For example, check out what just happened in Elkhart, Indiana
A group of homeless people in Elkhart has been asked to leave the place they call home. For the last time, residents of Tent City packed up camp.
City officials gave residents just over a month to vacate the wooded area; Wednesday being the last day to do so.
The property has been on Mayor Tim Neeses radar since he took office in January, calling it both a safety and health hazard to its residents and nearby pedestrian traffic.
This has been their home but you cant live on public property, said Mayor Tim Neese, Elkhart.
If they cant live on public property, where are they supposed to go?
They certainly cant live on somebodys private property.
This is the problem people dont want to deal with the human feces, the needles, the crime and the other problems that homeless people often bring with them. So the instinct is often to kick them out and send them away.
Unfortunately, that doesnt fix the problem. It just passes it on to someone else.
As this new economic downturn continues to accelerate, our homelessness boom is going to spiral out of control. Pretty soon, there will be tent cities in virtually every community in America.
In fact, there are people that are living comfortable middle class lifestyles right at this moment that will end up in tents. We saw this during the last economic crisis, and it will be even worse as this next one unfolds.
Just like last time around, the signs that the middle class is really struggling can be subtle at first, but when you learn to take note of them you will notice that they are all around you. The following comes from an excellent article in the New York Post
Do you see grocery stores closing? Do you see other retailers, like clothing stores and department stores, going out of business?
Are there shuttered storefronts along your Main Street shopping district, where you bought a tool from the hardware store or dropped off your dry cleaning or bought fruits and vegetables?
Are you making as much money annually as you did 10 years ago?
Do you see homes in neighborhoods becoming run down as the residents either were foreclosed upon, or the owner lost his or her job so he or she cant afford to cut the grass or paint the house?
Did that same house where the Joneses once lived now become a rental property, where new people come to live every few months?
Do you know one or two people who are looking for work? Maybe professionals, who you thought were safe in their jobs?
Dont look down on those that are living in tents, because the truth is that many middle class Americans will ultimately end up joining them.
The correct response to those that are hurting is love and compassion. We all need help at some point in our lives, and I know that I am certainly grateful to those that have given me a helping hand at various points along my journey.
Sadly, hearts are growing cold all over the nation, and the weather is only going to get colder over the months ahead. Let us pray for health and safety for the hundreds of thousands of Americans that will be sleeping in tents and on the streets this winter.
Welcome to Obamaville!
Have to make room for Obama’s Illegals
Wondering where I should squat when I’m no longer able to pay rent.
I was supposedly ‘hired’ at an insurance company last Friday and told today not to come into the office because supposedly the boss is having a heated discussion with the agents.
So even when I have a jog I don’t have a job.
Maybe somewhere with plenty of space for a garden?
So let’s take in more illegals and refugees that we cannot support.
Our “tent city” is behind the closed KMarts.
OWS, by any other name...
...would smell as bad!
A long term family home turning into a rental is not a bad thing per se, because it still provides housing.
The long term decline of home ownership, with many people having to sell homes and move in with others after 8 years of 15% real unemployment, IS a problem.
And I’ll say 1/6 of men out of the workforce IS a real problem - and cause for homelessness.
and the insane libtards want to raise taxes, increase regulations, and raise the minimum wage.
All in southern or otherwise temperate areas.
The Last Economic Crisis?
We have been in an economic crisis since 2007.
The MSM calls it a recovery, but whats in a name? They claim that FDR was a great president.
Homeless camps are invisible during democrat administrations, this has been true since AT LEAST the Carter administration. The left’s lap dogs in media refuse to show anti war rallies, homeless camps, or unemployment lines while Dems are in power. You might get a small local paper discussing it, but it goes no higher.
Yet another thing the mainstream media isn’t reporting on and leaving to “alternative” media.
This is another clear indication that Trump is likely to win the election. There are no homeless people when Democrats are in the WH, but there are millions of homeless people when Republicans are in the WH. This is just setting the stage for the homeless that are going to be blamed on Trump and the GOP Congress.
Wrong. This will immediately become Trumps fault if he’s elected. If hitlary is elected, it’s a leftover problem from the Bush years.
Sometimes I think ZeroHedge just makes shit up.
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