Ray - Homeless in Sacramento

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Ray lives in a tent. He walks miles each day for food and water. His government assistance check is not enough to cover housing, never mind his other costs of living. He struggles everyday to […]

Ray

Ray lives in a tent. He walks miles each day for food and water. His government assistance check is not enough to cover housing, never mind his other costs of living. He struggles everyday to stay safe and survive these deplorable and unsanitary living conditions.

If you think this sounds like a third-world country, you’re not too far off. During my two days visiting Sacramento’s infamous tent cities I could not shake the feeling that I had somehow transported to Kenya or Southern Sudan, where people walk for days just to get water and the living conditions are paltry. It boggles my mind that people are forced to live like this in the richest country in the world.

Ray is intelligent and articulate. There is a slight audio glitch in this video, but Ray’s narrative of what has happened in Sacramento and how he survives homelessness is so insightful I had to post it. In this video Ray says that the location of their tent city is safe. But when I visited just the following day, everyone was told to move or be arrested.

I still cannot shake the feeling that what I experienced in Sacramento is the future of America’s middleclass. That said, may we never accept tent cities as “normal.” There is nothing normal about the lives Ray and countless others are being forced to live.

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  • :: wow ::
    Christ needs you now more than ever. thanks for sharing,

  • Frank L. Topping

    Mark Horvath — I’m wondering if Ray in Sacramento’s Tent Cities was Ray Sletto, possibly living with a partner Kevin Moore & their Pit Bull Baby Girl.

    Sadly Ray Sletto, Kevin Moore & Baby Girl passed away in January of 2012 as mentioned gutwrenchingly in a Huff Post article:

    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/1243223

    We’re still working today to get a Shelter Crisis Declaration — sad that you, Oprah Winfrey, the UN & lately, The UK’s Guardian have brought the deplorable situation to the world’s attention yet we can’t get our elected’s to grow a set & declare a Shelter Crisis!

    Thanks for all you do!
    .

  • ABLE3

    Well that was mostly honest! Clear and Open – The catch -22 and the reality is – you have to keep learning and for this, in any economic melt down or climate one, the hard reality of this life will zap the conforted people– for living outside is a true test of your resolve and true test of your abilities to sustain life and diet. One thing he does not talk about is his social loss, the ability to relate and to grow emotionally and socially – that too, gets lost: How do I know this, been outside now for 7 years

  • Rev. Bill McDonald

    Frank – you have been front and center for the homeless in Sacramento and northern California – I salute your efforts – but we need more then just a hand full of compassionate patriots like yourself to get something done. I hope others read this and other postings you have shared from time to time and step-up to add their own energy and personal power to this cause.

    Keep up the work – you are on a sacred journey! I send you my prayers and loving support.

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