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.