Tag Archive: Homeless


The Secluded Homeless Camps Of Baltimore

 

 

Photo Credit: Ben Marcin

 

” During the hunting season, Ben Marcin likes to hike on the edge of Baltimore’s woodlands. That’s where he discovered the city’s secluded homeless camps; makeshift dwellings for locals who choose to live off the grid but close to roadways and shopping centers. 

  Marcin is no stranger to documenting solitude in the built environment. So he decided to find as many of these as possible, putting together a photo project called Camps. Similar to Last House Standing, in which the photographer captured lonely rowhouses around the Mid-Atlantic, Marcin shot the dwellings without the dwellers themselves.

  While Baltimore’s solitary rowhouses often symbolize neighborhood decline and the dedication of those who remain, Camps shows a different kind of loneliness – the section of Baltimore’s homeless population that feels uncomfortable using city-provided shelters. Instead, these residents choose to carve out their own lives using whatever materials they can find.

  The results are fascinating. As Marcin notes, no two shelters look the same, and each one reflects the user’s possessions, needs, and creativity. Some are no more than a bed under a roadway, others have their own roofs with facades built entirely of old doors or milk crates. “

 

Read more here and see more of Mr Marcin’s photos here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From The Pentagon To Life In A Van

 

 

” After a 30-year military career in which he earned three graduate degrees, rose to the rank of colonel, and served as an aide to Pentagon brass, Robert Freniere can guess what people might say when they learn he’s unemployed and lives out of his van:

Why doesn’t this guy get a job as a janitor?

Freniere answers his own question: “Well, I’ve tried that.”

  Freniere, 59, says that his plea for help, to a janitor he once praised when the man was mopping the floors of his Washington office, went unfulfilled. So have dozens of job applications, he says, the ones he has filled out six hours a day, day after day, on public library computers.

  So Freniere, a man who braved multiple combat zones and was hailed as “a leading light” by an admiral, is now fighting a new battle: homelessness.”

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Chicago Refugee Family Now Homeless In Wisconsin,

But Not Being Shot At

 

 

” During morning patrols, a police officer discovered a family of 10 huddled under a makeshift shelter of blankets on the street. They were war refugees in a way, but this sad story doesn’t come from Syria… it comes from Madison, Wisconsin. 

The Smoking Gun reports that the group were “shocked” by the officer’s concern for their well-being, though possibly not as shocked as he was to hear their tale. This group of four adults, a five-month-old baby, several toddlers, and two older children had been on the Madison streets for two weeks, camping near the State Capitol.

The group explained that they had “fled Chicago from where a lot of shootings and deaths were occurring.” The officer added, “It was just too dangerous to stay; some people they knew were killed.”

The family received immediate aid from the police, including food, money and short-term housing provided by three local churches. The report concludes that while the family’s “future still holds many questions,” they are now “away from the bullets.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famed ‘Hatchet Hitchhiker’ Wanted In N.J. Homicide

” A homeless, hatchet-wielding hitchhiker who became an Internet hero earlier this year is wanted for allegedly beating a New Jersey lawyer to death inside his home, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Caleb “Kai” McGillvary is wanted on a murder warrant and should be considered armed, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow.

The self-proclaimed “home-free” McGillvary was last seen traveling to Philadelphia.

“We don’t know where he is,” Romankow said. “But we do know this man is used to being on the road and he is considered dangerous.”

Readers will be familiar with Kai’s exploits from our previous post Hippy With A Hatchet Saves The Day

 

 

Update: Hippie Homicide Suspect Captured 

 

Life On Los Angeles’ Skid Row Obamavilles

21 Photos

 

 

Homeless people rest on a public sidewalk in Skid Row on Feb. 28, 2013.

Following School Shooting, 86% Want More Action to Identify and Treat Mental Illness

” The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Americans believe more action to treat mental health issues will do the most to prevent incidents like last Friday’s school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-seven percent (27%) think stricter gun control laws will do the most to prevent such shootings, while 15% put the emphasis on limits on violent movies and video games. Ten percent (10%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) “

Illustration By Steve Greenburg

The Post-Sandy Christmas

 

 

 

” “I have a wreath on my hotel room window,” said Stout. “It stinks. You just can’t go home. I feel like I’m on a road trip in my own neighborhood. It’s not like I have a tree up with lights.”

“It’s very different from what we’re used to,” said Vinny Accetta, a Midland Beach, Staten Island resident. He, his wife, and twin 2 ½ year olds are living with in-laws. “We usually do Christmas Day at our house,” he said. But that is not possible as his home has been flooded out.

“We’re not doing what we usually do. We don’t have our own tree or decorations, we feel out of sorts,” Accetta said. “If it weren’t for the kids, we would not be celebrating.”

The upheaval is compounded by FEMA’s ineffective response. Those insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), administered by FEMA, cannot rebuild their lives until they hear from the government how much they will be receiving. “

 

FEMA to the rescue … what would we do without our government saviors ?

 

” Gerritsen Beach Sandy Relief is continuing to care for its own in the Brooklyn borough after some 10,000 of its residents’ homes were flooded by sewer and sea water. Their call for people to loan its residents motor homes continues after being denied trailers by FEMA.

The wish list posted on Amazon a week before Christmas for the residents lists not video games or toys but bleach, paper towels, gloves, hot chocolate, 2x4s, and canned food like Spam and Chef Boyardee. ”

 

 

 

 

13 Year Old’s Hot Dog Stand Shut Down, Boy Now Homeless

  ” What kind of country do we live in when someone does not even have the right to make a living? To paraphrase Pierre JosephProudhon,
what kind of America is this when we are “watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated at, regulated, docketed, indoctrinated,
preached at, controlled, assessed, weighed, censored, ordered about, by men who have neither the right, nor the knowledge, nor the virtue”? “

http://m.reason.com/26821/show/32c4339eba3c031e6fc68674e0018bfd/

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