Homeless in a public place

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Living on a sidewalk, in an alley or in a park where you are exposed to the weather and dangerous people must be avoided. You are also more apt to be bothered by police than in a more concealed place. In New York City some folks are using the large airports as a place to sleep, stay warm, clean themselves in the restrooms, beg for money and have food at hand if begging is effective. However, there is no place to store possessions other than what you can carry with you. Other negatives abound but it is likely safer at an airport than on the streets.

A major drawback of living in the airport terminal is that authorities can order the homeless to be ejected at any time. It is typical for the homeless to dwell in a location at the whim of others. The lack of security is hard on the homeless. It is a mental drain that can be especially hard on those who are homeless due to mental illness.

I place this post here not as a recommendation to choose an airport terminal as a desired place to dwell but if you have no other place to live it may be the least of one or more evils. This linked-to story is for one city in the country but if your are homeless elsewhere with few to no options maybe the local airport can be a shelter until something better occurs. As with everything I write I am forced to write in generalities. It is up to YOU to determine your own situation and the legalities of your own area and to always use common sense and avoid braking laws and never draw attention to yourself in a negative manner. Good luck.

Homeless Population Seeks Shelter at LaGuardia

From a distance, Joseph Sowards looks like any traveler stuck for the night at LaGuardia Airport’s central terminal after his flight was canceled. Get closer, and it becomes clear from his layered clothing and dirty hands that he’s one of New York City’s record number of homeless.

“They don’t bother me here,” said Sowards, 44, an unlicensed plumber from Maspeth, Queens, who was lying on the floor. He’s been sleeping in parks and abandoned buildings for the past 10 years.

While the homeless population is bigger at the Port Authority bus terminal and Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan, a growing number are finding shelter at New York’s airports, according to Volunteers of America. Since 1986, the 118-year-old nonprofit has provided outreach to the homeless at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports under a contract with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

Sowards was one of about two dozen people who had taken shelter in LaGuardia’s 50-year-old central terminal on a subfreezing night this month. They slept in seats at the baggage claim and waiting areas and on radiators in the presecurity food court. They used restroom sinks to wash, and some with suitcases blended in with other stranded travelers.

Volunteers of America, which has offices at LaGuardia and JFK, counted a monthly average of 45 chronic homeless people at LaGuardia in 2014, an 80 percent increase over the average month in 2011. On the coldest nights, as many as 50 took refuge at LaGuardia in East Elmhurst, Queens. JFK’s chronic homeless increased to an average of 33 per month, double the number in 2011.

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Living in her car

Anderson: Living ‘high-class homeless’

 

Karen Robart is currently living in her 2012 Hyundai Elantra at Walmart. Her clothes hang from a pole in her back seat and her trunk is full of compartmentalized accessories. She sleeps by reclining her seat and her feet poke out of a blanket and rest by the accelerator. Too often she is tired. She tells few of her plight.

“Nobody knows that I’m homeless,” she says. “The only thing that saves me is my car. If I didn’t have my car I’d be walking the streets.”

Her trailer idea is limited by needing a place where she can park it and not be harassed by police or others.

Always remember to be very careful of fire. You need to be able to escape quickly should fire occur. Prevention is the best way to stay safe.

 

How one group is coping

There is a good write-up with lots of pictures at the Web site linked-to below:

AMERICA TODAY: Heartbreaking Pictures From New Jersey’s Homeless ‘Tent City’

The USA can be an incredibly cruel place to live. The “luck of the draw” is partially responsible for your lifestyle and so is individual effort. The complexity of life here prohibits my covering the many aspects that determines whether you live a luxurious life free from any financial worries or if you remain a mere commoner akin to a serf serving the masters who can lead their wonderful lives because of a huge mass of common folks eking out a living.

Do all you can to avoid homelessness since it can be very difficult to rise above that state once you are immersed in that condition. Circumstances vary greatly but if you do not have a social network or even one decent person willing to assist once you are down it could possibly be for the proverbial count. Doomed to a lifetime of marginal living despite your best efforts.

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It Pays to be Paranoid

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When you live within a country and society where profit is beloved and admired and consideration for humanity is, at best, a secondary consideration if you are homeless you must do your best to not be noticed by anybody.

Hopefully you have friends or family willing to let you live in their abode; whether it be a nice house or apartment or trailer or even a falling-down shanty where the cold winter winds require you to cover yourself with clothes and several blankets to fend off freezing in winter at least you have a place to store your possessions and to sleep in relative safety.

The USA is a BIG country with over 315-million people trying to get by while confronting an ongoing class war. Your family and social ties can be of many types. If you are lucky and belong to a group that assists its members be thankful. Some of you are akin to me… you have family but each individual is expected to be successful on their own and require no assistance for basic living requirements. I believe that is an aspect of the sub-culture my extended family was raised with… a “rugged individualism” planted within our psyche by society and those who control the propaganda we are immersed within our entire lives.

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USA: Sick society with too many sick people

There is crime and cruelty everywhere. Compared to other countries the USA has more, less or the similar crime rates. It depends which country chosen to compare with the USA.

The USA has 4 times as many murders as a percentage of the population compared to western Europe.

The homeless are easier targets than folks who can sleep behind locked doors and have a handy telephone to call for help and many folks have a firearm to defend themselves if an evil-doer tries to break into the home to do harm.

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Serve the Ruling Masters you Peon Scum

In the USA the masses of commoners labor relentlessly in an attempt to live a lifestyle that massive amounts of relentless propaganda tells them is the correct and proper way to be normal.

Following the path your indoctrination instructs you to follow may lead to financial success or maybe it will not. Whether you are a success as that term is defined by the typical American serf, the masses of powerless common folks who have been brainwashed from birth, is each individual’s determination.

The ruling elites of the USA want you to follow the path you have been instructed to follow has one overriding purpose… perform as the ruling masters want their serfs to do and those elites will be able to use their many systems to skim off a portion of the wealth each serf creates.

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Cost of a House / Home

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The millennial generation, in fact, has been largely left out of the housing recovery, as investors quickly bought up distressed homes on the low end of the market, pushing overall prices higher and faster than expected. Prices usually lag sales in the housing market, but this recovery has turned history on its head. Sales are lagging prices, due to a lack of inventory of homes for sale.

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That paragraph came from:   Home buyers want new, but won’t pay for it

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My hovel is atop the cultural backwater of the Ozark Plateau where poverty is a part of life for a large percentage of the populace. When the Great Recession that was actually a depression for so many of us at the bottom of the social-economic pile was a time of immense wealth transference to those at the higher levels of the HUGE pyramid-shaped scam that is the USA.

As the depression continued I saw constant growth in the numbers of “for sale” signs in front of recently emptied houses.

Yes, houses. A house is not a home until people live inside the building.

I was one of the folks who bought a for-sale house during the depression. The owner was desperate and add the 10% rebate the federal government was offering to stimulate the economy resulted in a price so low I had the funds available to buy.

Many of these houses here in what some folks would label as the bad part of town sold in the $15,000 to $30,000 range. The same houses in some of the parts of California where I once lived would have likely been in the $180,000 to $280,000 range. Even in the bad part of town out there.

My own experience is that the commoner, the serf, the working-poor person will not earn much more per hour in wages in California as what they will receive here in an area known for low wages.

Now… onwards to what led me to creating this latest blog entry:

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