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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:51 PM
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"Tent People" - trying to survive by living in woods
Tent people: Homeless couple carries on while hunting for both work and housing

Hidden in a patch of woods near the urban sprawl of midtown Mobile, a homeless couple has been living for the last 10 months.

"Were tent people," says Charles Stephens, 48, a U.S. Navy veteran who in February lost his job at a printing company, and has struggled since to find another.



Walking everywhere, they found kindly folks at a nearby service station who allowed them to fetch water and use the bathroom.

One day, says Stephens, a woman passed by and saw him walking along the road and asked him if he needed assistance. When he explained his plight, she bought him a bicycle.

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He goes to the store as needed, stretching the $367 a month in food stamps mailed to him via a friends address.



http://blog.al.com/live/2011/10/tent_people_homeless_co...
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:55 PM
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1. My heart aches for them
I'm glad they have their dogs. They're probably like family to them.
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lifesbeautifulmagic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:55 PM
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2. I live in a suburban, verging on rural area
and there are homeless people living in tents, in the woods behind the local shopping mall.
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SPedigrees Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:03 PM
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5. same in my (rural) area. tragic. nt
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:00 PM
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3. Recommend
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Lindsay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:01 PM
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4. They are the 99%.
Can't even imagine how many more people are in a similar situation.

Good to see it's getting noticed. That's a first (baby) step to solving it.
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DaveJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:06 PM
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6. Too bad they can't grow their own food and build a house
Once when property was cheap hard work meant something.
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:20 PM
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7. And before the food stamp program, back during the Great Depression...
people just went without even food. Horrific. And that's what Repukes are trying to re-create again. God, I hate right wingnuts!
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d_r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:34 PM
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8. there are several little tent alcoves hiding in the woods around Chattanooga
four or five years ago they bulldozed down a "tent city" here and now there are little spots. There is one on a wooded hillside called "cameron hill" between this shiney new blue cross enclave and this shiny new minor leage baseball stadium. Here's a story from the summer.

http://timesfreepress.com/news/2011/jul/17/nowhere-go/?...
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MedicalAdmin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:43 PM
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9. IN the northern states.....
tenting can get a bit difficult on ones body come January and February. The worst part is getting regular showers and whatnot. First you have to melt the snow and then....
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