Opinion

This is Not My Home

By | Feb 5, 2013

open doorI have a door. In fact, I have a couple of doors. I can lock them so people on the outside can’t come in.

My windows are like any other windows. They protect me from the elements. They let me see outside. They get stubborn streaks of dirt that I need to clean.

I even have carpet, with a chocolate brown color that easily hides footprints and spills.

But this is not my home.

I live in a vehicle. I search for parking spaces hidden in safe suburban neighborhoods and hope that people won’t notice me sleeping in the back seat at night.

Sleeping in a vehicle may be better than sleeping in an alley, but it still isn’t a home.

For some people, their front door is a flimsy piece of vinyl with a fabric tie used as a “lock.” It keeps the people outside from being able to see in, but someone with malicious intentions could easily open the door.

The floor and ceiling are vinyl, too. The windows are just screens covered by flaps.

But a tent is not a home. It’s a temporary dwelling for people visiting a KOA campground.

Some people may feel lucky to have a real door with a lock and key.

They may feel lucky because they have real sliding windows, even if the curtains are faded by the sun or stained by cigarette smoke.

Lucky that the shag carpet, although dirty, keeps the place warm. It’s better than a vinyl tent floor or, worse, the cold concrete of a city sidewalk.

There’s even a bed in which to cuddle up with pillows and a blanket.

But a motel room is still not a home.

Anything temporary is not a home. Cars, tents, and motel rooms are not solutions to homelessness. They may be better than sleeping under a bush in the park, but that doesn’t mean they are homes.

We cannot end homelessness with solutions that are temporary. People experiencing homelessness need something real. Something permanent. Something they can call home.

43 Comments

  1. Posted Apr 5, 2013 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Hole the article is so nice and so important . so many thanks for share it .

  2. Posted Mar 25, 2014 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    That's right. A temporary solution might be better than nothing, but they're still homeless. I live in a city that organizes a yearly donation program for the homeless and you'd be surprised of how many people are willing to help with clothes, old furniture and other stuff. We've even had people donating homes, or garages or sheds…

  3. Posted Mar 26, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Wow, this was a really poetic description… I really appreciate that you're not only trying to raise awareness of this huge issue, you obviously believe in your initiative and that's exactly why I support it :)

  4. Posted Mar 28, 2014 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    While what you're saying is true, even a temporary solution might lead to an opportunity to turn their life around. Even if it's not ideal, a step forward still is a good thing!

  5. Posted Mar 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Very nice way of looking at things! It puts everything into perspective. A house is a house…and nothing else can take it's place.

  6. Posted Apr 11, 2014 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Even though it;s hard to get off the streets, it's not impossible!

  7. Posted Mar 29, 2016 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    That's right. A temporary solution might be better than nothing, but they're still homeless. I live in a city that organizes a yearly donation program for the homeless and you'd be surprised of how many people are willing to help with clothes, old furniture and other stuff…

  8. Posted Apr 20, 2016 at 5:07 am | Permalink

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    Posted Aug 16, 2016 at 8:15 am | Permalink

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  10. Posted Aug 18, 2016 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

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  11. Posted Aug 29, 2016 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I remember a day when I entered my home and found new furniture in my house. It was a zero gravity chair and many more new items, and I thought it wasn't my house.

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    Posted Oct 10, 2016 at 11:43 am | Permalink

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  21. Jestin
    Posted Nov 27, 2016 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    I constructed a new home ten years ago, and my family started living in it soon after. My wife has maintained it so well that even after so many years, the guests ask us about the secret behind spotless windows, doors, mirrors, walls, ceiling, and floors.
    Thanks!
    Read more

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