posted on Jan, 26 2009 @ 07:47 AM
I have a question for you all.
I'm not homeless, but where is the best possible place to BE homeless?
I was inspired by an article I just read about homeless people in japan and couldn't help but wonder where people migrate to.
I'm not just talking about weather, which would be a big factor, but also other factors, like, rules and laws about homelessness, and how cities, or
counties, towns, view it.
I know Vancouver WA, When I lived there about 5 years back, had a lot of homeless people in it. I always wondered why, then came to realize that the
city, pretty much an annex of Portland Oregon, is Homeless-friendly. I mean that term with respect, not sure how else to say it.
Churches offer blatant help, not an "under the table" sort of thing, with adverts for free bread/clothing in windows. Two days out of the week I
could see one Church near my house with lines outside.
The Food Stamp program was considered to be even better than Portlands at the time (not sure about now) offering more money per person, and easy to
get. Also the bus system was easy to use, and a buss pass in Portland worked in Vancouver, even though it was technically in another state.
I saw cops on two occasions, maybe more but two that I can remember this early in the AM without coffee, where cops woke a sleeping homeless guy and
were pretty polite to him, and another where cops told a guy that he couldnt sleep where he was because it was private property, but pointed out a
close by area where he could crash for a while.
Also a cargo train runs through it, so we get alot of guys that travel that way.
Anyway, interested in hearing if anyone has thoughts about this.
Be well, and Be warm.