Tent City Practically in My Neighborhood

imageedit_40_9085368033I’d recently noticed a tent city had formed along the freeway in Santa Ana, CA.  Apparently a lot of people set up camp there because the former camp (At the Civic Center) was shut down so the city could do renovations.  Now they have shut down THIS encampment too (They need to put some boulders there) and there are claims that that the people only had one hour to gather their belongings and get out AND that some of their belongings were shipped around 30 minutes from Santa Ana.

Nick Mastrisciano, who suffers from a traumatic brain injury, was one of five homeless people to sue the county in the most recent lawsuit. According to the complaint, on Feb. 8, he was given one hour to remove his property, but his disability made it difficult to relocate in that amount of time, causing him to lose his driver’s license, telephone, blankets, sleeping bag, clothes, important paperwork and other belongings.

We treat our poor like crap in this country.  People assume that these folks are mentally ill or addicted.  They might be.  All the more reason to give them a break right?

There are enough empty houses in this counry s to house every single one of our homeless but the governments would rather just give them JUST enough cash to survive.

I must add a caveat.  There should be requirements for getting a free home.  No one should be allowed to just trash these places.  And they should be helped, TRULY helped to find employment if they are able to work.  And there’s the rub.  SOME homeless people have grown accustomed to not having to follow many rules.  I’m not sure what should be done about people like that.

Maybe if we have a REAL war on drugs and drugs aren’t so readily available, that will solve part of the problem.  Also, if we make it so “doctors” can’t give out mind altering drugs to CHILDREN for ADHD, and whatever, there won’t be as many young people becoming addicted to drugs before even reaching adulthood.

Also, I happen to know of people who were never big drinker and had never used drugs that began using AFTER they became homeless.

Imagine working your whole life and being hit head on in your 50s or 60s with a job loss and/or huge hospital bills and/or bad health.

That is why I am working harder now to make and save a little money.  I want to be able to withstand (at least financially) whatever life throws at me.


About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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4 Responses to Tent City Practically in My Neighborhood

  1. Patti says:

    It is a terrible problem, I agree. I have no idea how to solve it, but we are not trying hard enough, I agree with that. I also believe that families have abdicated responsibility and that goes no where good. The government can’t and shouldn’t be responsible for everything.
    Friday evening, in that awful downpour, my husband and I drove past the Santa Ana river trail and saw a tent on the bank. Someone was trying to survive in that awful storm. It was very sobering.
    I welcome ideas of how we can help.
    FWIW…On the drug front…I believe the acceptance of pot is a much bigger problem than kids on meds for ADHD. I do have some real family experience with both.
    Take care.

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      I agree. Nothing good comes of getting high. Meanwhile, SOMEONE is making sure all these Asians and Indians get great educations in the tech field and they’re taking our jobs!

  2. Ryu says:

    America seems to hate poverty, at least when certain groups are poor.

    Most large cities now try to either kick out their poor or criminalize them. Sad. Especially since many of the new poor are just former middle class who got divorced or who had a hospital visit.

  3. Angela says:

    There’s no solution to any of it really. Either we the people who can, house, feed, and clothe the people that can’t, or….we do as we are doing and more of the same.

    To the best of my own observance, there is absolutely no lack of the actual physical materials need to house, feed, and clothe every person who would need those things.

    The only reason that doesn’t happen is the collective mindset of any given area.

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