Tent City in California!

@JenInTN (27564)
United States
March 10, 2009 4:19am CST
I was watching the news last night and there was a report about a growing "tent city" in Sacramento California. These are people that have lost their jobs and homes and have had to resort to living in tents at the side of a river. I was shocked as they said this ever growing and they expect these "tent cities" to continue to grow. If ever we doubt what kind of trouble we are in..I think this report made it hit home. They talk of regulation and law within the tent city such as no alcohol or drugs less they get kicked out of the "community". This is unreal! I've posted a link and I would like to know everyone's thoughts on this. Tent City, Sacramento, CA
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@xfahctor (14130)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
10 Mar 09
Signs of the times indeed. I think you are going to see more and more of these pop up as things continue. More and more self conained communities are going to begin springing up, soon it will be more than just homeless you are going to see people banding together for protection, for the sharing of resources, for just a general sense of looking out for each other.
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@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
10 Mar 09
Hi xfahctor! I do agree it's a sign of the times. It seems almost tribal thae way you describe the people banding together. I think that if things keep going the way it is..this banding together may be an important means of survival. Thanks for the input!
• United States
26 Mar 09
It sounds a lot like the cities that sprang up during the Great Depression and the Oklahoma Dust Bowl. (Something right out of The Grapes of Wrath). I truly feel if we did more as neighbors for our neighbors across the world we'd see a much different outcome. Practicing common human decency seems to be what is needed. Namaste-Anora
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@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
27 Mar 09
I think that before all of this is said and done it may actually depend on practicing common decency and going back to the way it used to be when you traded your neighbor a basket of tomatoes for a gallon of milk. I don't know but things look really bad.
• United States
27 Mar 09
Why is a barter and trade system so bad? I think it's much more fair than a credit system. You can only go with what you have. The economy is completely based upon resources that are currently available, not based upon some predicted profits. Namaste-Anora
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
4 Apr 09
It's not such a bad thing to use the barter and trade system. I am no reliant on credit at all because I've always had the attitude of not buying what I can't pay for right then. The thing tht looks bad for me is all those people living in tents without jobs.
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
25 Mar 09
Hmm... there is no laws to disallow the set up of such shanty towns? And the police cannot do anything to remove these people from their tents? How about the social services? Do they not have the obligation to try and settle some of the problems that are faced by these people living in the tents? I wonder if the current president is aware of this. And if he is, what is he going to do about it.
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
25 Mar 09
There are laws that would keep people from setting up tents just anywhere but the problem is there is really nowhere to take these people. It was my understanding these people are victem to the economic crisis and have lost their jobs and homes. You would think there would be something to be done for them but anything at this point is going to be a quick fix if these people can't find jobs. It is a shame.Hopefully things will look up soon.
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
26 Mar 09
I sure hope it does too. These poor people! I really cannot imagine living in a tent for the long term!
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
26 Mar 09
Me either
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@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
19 Mar 09
I'm from San Diego, California and every winter the city sets up tents usually when the homeless shelters are all filled up. These tents are normally set up to take care of the overflow of homeless. These tents are taken down when winter ends and are by no means meant to me a permanent form of housing. Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
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@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Hmmm...must be glorifying the situation for the story then. They were reporting that the people stating within these tent cities were people very new to being homeless. People who had lost their jobs and homes to the economy. They even reported they planned on seeing this across the nation. It was a scary report. Thanks for letting us now this is common.
• United States
26 Mar 09
Most of these tents are sponosored by a homeless shelter or an advocacy organization for homeless people. Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
@celticeagle (120447)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Mar 09
Sounds like the depression all over again. I have known of people living in tents all across this fine country in years past. I had a girlfriend that lives in one for several years in Colorado. I would absolutely hate it. I find it sad that this is how people have to live and raise children and try to have some simblance of happiness. I hope they have that anyway. I have heard that this recession is supposed to be over within the year. I can hope that is true.
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@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
11 Mar 09
Hi celticeagle! I would hate it too. I do hope these people get a chance to get out of this situation and that the recession is over within it's predicted time. It scares me to think it could be me.
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@celticeagle (120447)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Mar 09
Indeed.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
11 Mar 09
Hi Jen sure its sad news and no doubt by this differnt other social problems may arise as if "Tent cities" start emerging than comtrolling and providing facilities to them would be hard. Just hope that things start get settling down, Global economy recession become to end, all people get jobs and enough money to secure ur houses and household Take care
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@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
11 Mar 09
I do hope it gets better cupid and that has been a concern. Sanitation among these tent cities. Thanks for responding.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
12 Mar 09
Yeah Jen Sure other than sanitation supply of basic neccesities along with Law and order situation are important sure hope and pray for best for all MANKIND Take care
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
10 Mar 09
i to saw that on the news & was shocked that it had come to that. i couldn't get it off my mind. was wondering if these tent cities would be popping up everywhere. is this people who were living above their means or what???it's very sad they have come to that whatever the reason.
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@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
10 Mar 09
I don't know jo but it seems they have lost everything. They say most of the people have lost their jobs and then their home. I have saved enough money to last a while but to be honest,if I lost my job and couldn't find another one..well...I don't know. It's scary.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
11 Mar 09
let's hope that doesn't happen, jen. i wish u the best. jo
@jep_toyo (1607)
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
I think that having some regulation in the tent city is a good thing despite the fact that the growing number people losing their jobs is really sad...
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@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
11 Mar 09
Regulation will be key to saftey among these people that have to live in this manner. Thanks for the response.
@specific (156)
• South Korea
11 Mar 09
well,this is a very sensationnal news.I think that the govenment have to take some measures to help reducing the 'tent city'.If this can be continued for a long time ,it surely will do harm to the society.I hope that will not continue for along time.
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@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
11 Mar 09
I do wish the government would do something to help this but I think at this point their hands may be tied as well. They've spent a lot of money on nonsense and now they are running out. Thanks for the response.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
10 Mar 09
I can see a lot of us living that way. Sacramento is not that bad a place to live in a tent, but it's very hot in the Summer. I wouldn't want to live here in a tent in the winter.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
10 Mar 09
This is sad and I blame the people, the corporations and government. The government makes it too easy for companies to outsource to other countries and to import their own products. Make tariffs high for bringing those products back and make it mandatory that whomever works for them, no matter where they live, must be paid minimum wage. If they have to do that and pay higher tariffs, they will stay home. Why do I blame the people? Well, I have many friends and family who are in business with employees that they cannot keep because they have poor work ethics. I have worked with so many people in the US like that and it makes me sick. When I was a teen, I never thought of NOT showing up for my after school job as I would have been fired. Kids will call in, last minute, sick, and go on a date, instead. They do not think for themselves, either, and these same teens turn into adults just like that. Poorer countries have people only too willing to work their butts off for just a percentage of what people make here and work hard, too. So we need to make sure people who do not work hard are booted asap and let them all know that if they have poor work ethics, they will not keep a job. I blame the schools, too, but in some ways, it is out of their hands. Kids now get graded on a curve, and the no child left without a brain law.... er, no child left behind, makes it easy for kids who are lazy to still pass. I can give you examples of students who should have been left back, like in my day, and learn the work properly before moving on. Instead, I have tutored and mentored kids in middle school who cannot spell first grade words!!! They have poor reading and comprehension skills so how in the world did they get moved up? Of course, now they expect jobs will be there for them the same way that the grades are handed out like candy. Corporations have people at the top taking tons of their profit for perks and if the company is in trouble, they will not cut back on perks or payouts to stock holders. No, they dump the hard workers who are doing a good job, leaving them without retirement and sometimes a hope for another equal pay job. The people, again, can be lazy. When businesses do fire them, they will not go out and take two, lower paying jobs, because it is "beneath them". I saw this with my ex-neice-in-law's father. He had an executive position and they laid him off. He had plenty of job options and if he worked two jobs, one full-time, one part-time, he could make almost the same and get along with making some revisions on his personal expenditures. No, he wanted the same type of job, same pay and could not find it. So, he did not work at all!! Hey, if I have bills to pay, I am going to do what it takes. People, not all but many, in the USA have become spoiled. Ask anyone who lives outside the USA and see what they say.
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@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
10 Mar 09
I do agree a lot of people have become spoiled and expect tha "American Dream" laid in their laps. I relate to all you have said because I to have seen examples. This country has been so rich for so long that people are lost in hardships. Thanks for the response nanajanet.
@Hvaniday1 (550)
• Malaysia
10 Mar 09
When economy is bad there are no choice but to accept the facts but that not for long I think. The help is on the way, because of bad times that affect the entire world. It is our role to take back what is belong to us. Happy Mylotting.
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@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
10 Mar 09
Thanks hvaniday! I hope it won't be for long.
@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
11 Mar 09
It's really heart wrenching to hear such news!~ Hope things will get better soon!~ This is really an abnormal phenomenon!~
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
11 Mar 09
It is terrible news. Worst is to think that it could be any one of us out there. Thanks for the response.
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@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
11 Mar 09
Very true, very thankful for the apartment we haveMy heart really goes out for them. Hope things get better real soon!~
@youless (94251)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Mar 09
This is a bad and sad news. According to the bad economy, more and more people have a bad effect from it. I hope this situation will change better. As I am afraid the crimes will increase if this situation goes worse. I love China
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
11 Mar 09
That's a good point. Crimes will increase and people will not be safe. People are willing to do anything to feed their children. I hope it gets better soon too. Thanks for the response.
• China
11 Mar 09
so..it's unbelieveable for me to imagine. for me i always carry my American dream that there are the fortune heaven . the locals need to live in tent and make a tent city..oh. this destroied my dream and may this recession go away asap. may god bless .
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
11 Mar 09
It is hard to imagine friend. I guess we are all just a job away from becoming this. It is scary. Thanks for responding.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
11 Mar 09
Hey Jen! This is truly a very sad thing! It is horrible to see how bad the situation has become that people are left with no choice but to turn to living in tents here in the US! I think that at least they are smart enough to at least have rules! Can you imagine if they didn't what kind of place that would be? I just feel so badly that people have been reduced to this and there is no one who can help them! There are families with children living in these tents! How do they expect these kids to lead a normal life and go to school? I feel so bad for them! Why can't someone help? Why can't we fix this mess?
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
11 Mar 09
I don't know Opal. They say the only way is by us spending money but we are all afraid to because if we spend our money we are that much closer to being one of those families. I don't know what we can do to fix these messes. I guess they could maybe use some of that bank bailout money to build low income apartments. I hope things look up soon because that report made me nervous.