The current story~ Being homeless in Seattle is a double-edged sword. Because we have the 3rd highest homeless population in the US, right behind NYC & LA, it is difficult to get emergency shelter, transitional housing &/or other resources. The flip side is there are a lot of people living in tents, cars, & RVs, so no one really notices another person living in their vehicle. Thankfully, the 1998 CRV I was able to purchase in Feb 2017 with gracious assistance of others is a great little vehicle, so I have been cozy & safe from the weather. My issue now is looking longer term. Realistically, I need to look at purchasing a small towable camper or RV for the near future as I don't anticipate getting any type of housing soon. (It took me 5+ yrs to get into SHA!) Also, given the short notice of eviction, I had to rent a UHaul for a couple days & pack all my items into the nearest storage facility w/out having the time to get rid of things. I am now sifting thru boxes on my days off, & doing donation runs, but it takes time, & storage in the city is costly. With my health, I'm limited to what I can make working part-time, & because of my medical disorders, it makes it difficult to move elsewhere. It may be cheaper to live further away, or in another state, but it's taken me years to find these particular jobs that have the flexibility I need, so even if the rent is cheaper, I still would be in the same position if I couldn't get a job to pay for the rent & other basic necessities. Tough position all around, so any contributions would be greatly appreciated.
Also, I've been looking for a pro bono attorney in the Seattle area, so if you know of anyone willing to take on SHA, it would be a very worthy cause.
A hopeful note for the future~ I have not given up the fight- if anything, I have even more resolve- & am working with a local org that has gotten housing policies changed in the past. They believe I will be a powerful advocate. There are so many others with stories like mine, & so it's important to keep pushing for change.
Thank you for listening....
Peace & Light, Sarah
Edit: In searching on Craigslist, I found that a small, decent RV that doesn't need a lot of work is a minimum of $5500-$6000. From there, I would still need to pay tax & licensing fees, which is fairly high in WA state.
- Bill Blumberg
- Sarah Bell
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