There Maybe A Homeless Camp Near You

The high cost of living, housing, food and the lack of resources has contributed to an explosion in the homeless population in small areas such as where I lives. I recently learned there are several ”homeless”camps nearby. The area is heavily wooded and it is impossible to see them when out shopping or going about town but it doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

I can’t help but wonder how they withstood the past winter when degrees dropped below ‘0’. I also learned this homeless community has been in existence for a long time. There has been a tent city here where the homeless community had lived since the 1950s. I was flabbergasted to learn that. It came to the public attention again with the death of several residents.

The resident often lives in tents and makeshift houses. I had started to suspect something was amiss when I shopped certain stores there were always people nearby begging for loose change. Yes, I’m one of those people who gives it to them. The encampment is located in the forest behind a store. It contains sites of various shapes and sizes, each connected by a network of footpaths winding through the fields and forests. I know it supposedly be romantic and hippie to live this way but I can’t see how.

Some encampments are simple with just tents in small clearings. While others are expansive, and are made up of multiple shack-like structures, draped in tarps, plastic and surrounded by fences. Many of them have their pets living in there also.

The worst thing about this is many of the residents of tent city has jobs but the jobs doesn’t pay enough to afford housing this in city. I had written about such communities in one of the series but I had no idea there was actually one nearby. I hope my writings can bring awareness to this plight.

I have lived in many parts of the country. Big sites, mid-sized towns, small town and all in-between but this is something mostly seen in larger cities not a town this small. I’m new to this area and was unaware there existed people in the wood nearby. So look around your area. There maybe an encampment of homeless who are invisible. Help any you can. homeless-man-color-poverty.jpg

About unholypursuit

A. White, a former librarian who is also long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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6 Responses to There Maybe A Homeless Camp Near You

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  2. Alma says:

    I had seen such communities before but mostly they were in large – mid sized cities. Many exist in the Midwest especially along the Ohio River bank. They are usually completely invisible to the general society just as the underground communities are in larger cities. Most large cities have an underground community living in closed off sections of their cities that was once part of the original sewage or subway tracks. Once you see human beings living like this. It changes you. It make you put your priority into what’s important. It brings you into focus with that what people are whining about is actually irrelevant. Most people really have nothing to whine about.

    Although, I never lived in such a community I still have compassion for those who do. I have never lived in a such a community but I’ve done my best to help those who lives there. Sometime something as simple as collecting their mail or allowing them to use your address as a place to receive mail can make all the difference in the world with them. It can determine if they get housing or not. It doesn’t have to be anything costly to help someone in this situation. Every little thing helps. All it take is caring.

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    • Sahara says:

      People know these things are going on and know these places exist but just do not care. They sort of put them out of their mind. People only cares when something affects them directly. As long as they’re comfortable then that’s all that matters. A good example is some people won’t dare read a book, online article, or newspaper about the suffering of others. I don’t know what will become of these people if these things happen to them. Or you have the spotlight crowd who only pay attention to a deprived situation if it will gain them publicity. Many famous people are experts at this. That’s why I don’t attention to news saying a certain celebrity supports a movement. I’m like there are no such indicates like this one near you?

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  3. Angeline says:

    As an advocator for the homeless I’m pleased to see the struggle of the homeless daily lives woven into a novel. Thank you for not sugarcoating it or making it seems as if it’s a big adventure for the mother and child.

    Sadly, too many forced to live this way never make it out of this life. Their lives are snuffed out and forgotten. Thank you for remembering them.

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