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Debbie


Debbie is a mother of three and has been homeless off and on for 16 years. She lives in a camping trailer with five other people off a side street in Hollywood. In most cases, […]

Debbie

Debbie is a mother of three and has been homeless off and on for 16 years. She lives in a camping trailer with five other people off a side street in Hollywood.

In most cases, the “mobile homeless” (those living in vehicles) are new to the streets. Many have just lost their job and apartment and are doing everything they can to keep their car. Usually, these newly homeless need basic outreach services to get back on their feet and become financially independent.

Sadly, the mobile homeless are becoming more common in our weak economy, yet in some areas of the country, such as LA County, it is illegal to live in a vehicle. Advocates are trying to change the law in LA but face fierce resistance from potential abutters in areas pegged for rezoning. Seems the mobile homeless are unwanted throughout the city.

Since the holiday was just two days away, I asked Debbie if she had any plans. But to Debbie, and other homeless people across the country, Christmas is just another day to survive.

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  • Joe Bartone

    well, there are always tragic stories – but many of these people chose not to study in school. chose not to ask for help when they knew they were addicted, or mentally ill. The continued to make one bad choice after another believing the world owed them a living. I know, because I was almost one of these people. we can do anything we want in life, as long as we are willing to pay the consequence for our actions. I am certainly concerned about the care and well being of those who are true victims. Children especially. but keeping her children with her in the camper is not a good choice. mandating to the state is a better option – as regrettable as that may be.

  • http://www.crumbsonmyfloor.com crumbsonmyfloor

    I lived in my car for almost a year. Glad it wasn’t against the law here(as far as I know).

    Great site, thanks for your work in sharing this. I’ll be adding you to my blogroll.

  • http://www.jrconsumer.com/ Fifth Wheels

    caught in jam