From our President,
About Homes on Wheels Alliance
WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO HELP? ........................................ We’re trying to prevent many Seniors, the working poor, and people with disabilities from falling into being truly homeless and living on the streets. (click to read more)
Our mission is to help them to live rent-free by providing them with vehicles in which to live. For whatever reason, America has evolved to become a low wage nation with very high costs of home rent or ownership. For many of us, that means we can no longer afford to live and pay for a roof over our head at the same time. Being forced to decide if I will eat or pay the rent or electric bill is a common experience in today’s America. That horrible choice is especially true for seniors who are on a low fixed income from Social Security. We believe we have a solution for them!
AREN'T YOU ASHAMED OF PUTTING PEOPLE INTO TENTS, VANS AND RVs, DON'T THEY DESERVE BETTER? ................ When I first started living in a van, I was very ashamed of the depths to which I had fallen. (click to read more)
I was stilling working my same job, paying taxes, and supporting my family, but I felt like a total failure. As time went on, my feelings changed 180 degrees, and I fell in love with the freedom, simplicity, frugality, independence, and earth-friendliness of the nomadic way of life. For the last 14 years, I have devoted myself to spreading the knowledge about it and have led many thousands of people to join me—to the point where it has become a common thing among many age groups. Rarely have I ever seen a person regret the decision to live nomadically on wheels. Literally, thousands of people have come up to me and shook my hand or hugged me and thanked me for leading them into the best times of their lives. I’m still waiting for the first person to punch me in the nose and tell me I ruined his or her life—fortunately it has not happened!
HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF THEY DESERVE YOUR HELP? ............ If we could, we’d help everyone, but we know that isn’t practical, so we must focus on those who need it most. (click to read more)
To accomplish that, we’ve created a Grant Application Form that all of our clients are required to fill out. It’s designed to learn everything we can about a person’s financial situation and even help them with future budgeting. Using that form, we’ll direct our aid to those most in need and most likely to become a long-term success story.
SHOULDN'T YOU BE GIVING PEOPLE A HAND UP, NOT A HAND OUT? ........................................................................................ That’s exactly what we intend to do. (click to read more)
Whenever we assist someone we’ll also require them to start making income-based payments into an escrow account we’ve set up to hold that money for them. When we loan someone a tent, their payments will grow in escrow and when there’s enough money they can use it to upgrade into a van—at which time they’ll return the tent, and we’ll pass it on to someone else. When we donate a van or RV, we’ll hold the escrow payment for them as an emergency fund and savings account. Our clients will be learning how to write and keep a budget, and also save for their future–all while gaining their independence. We also expect everyone to give back through one of the volunteer programs we’ve set up—if nothing else, they can become mentors to new people coming into the program.
AREN'T YOU AFRAID SOME PEOPLE WILL RIP YOU OFF? ...... No, we’re fairly confident our application process will weed those people out. (click to read more)
But, even if it occasionally fails, we would rather be ripped off on a rare occasion than fail to help someone who genuinely needs it. When we donate a van or RV to someone, we will place a lien on the title until they have made payment into the escrow account to cover the replacement value of the van. If they fail to make the payments, we’ll repossess the vehicle.
WHAT ABOUT WHEN THEY HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THE VEHICLE LATER ON? .................................................................. One of the main reasons they are required to pay into the escrow account is to create an emergency fund ... (click to read more)
… that will give them a secure future, knowing they can survive problems like breakdowns.
WON'T THEY BE LONELY? ........................................................ We’ve found a solution for that by creating our Caravans Program. (click to read more)
Our Caravans are small groups of people that travel around the country together, camping for free on National Forest land in the summer, and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Land in the winter. The caravans give each new person coming into the program a place to go and learn about this new way of life in a secure place and also a chance to make new friends and build community. It’s very important that people know they aren’t alone and that they are part of a caring community. The Caravan Program has far exceeded our expectations, and people are making deep, life-long friendships that are truly life-changing.
Homes On Wheels Alliance, Inc. (HOWA), is a charitable 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, that assists individuals with achieving sustainable personal and economic self-sufficiency by focusing on providing safe and secure unconventional housing, and an economic safety net through a mobile lifestyle, to help get those in need back on their feet.
We believe that through an “alliance” consisting of public-private financial and social resources: Government (local, state and federal), private businesses and industries, and nonprofit organizations, the sum total of designated resources to combat homelessness can be used most effectively throughout the Country to assist those who wish to remain productive, contributing citizens while preserving their independence, self-sufficiency and dignity.
HOWA’s Very First Photo Contest WINNERS!!
Congratulations to the Winners of the Very First HOWA Photo Contest! We received so many wonderful photos and a big thank you to each of you that sent in photos for our consideration. Keep taking photos! There will be another opportunity to enter a photo contest at the 2020 RTRs!! See you then!
Hi Jolly in Quartzsite – Annie Carvalho
|A Man and His Dog – Lacey Gibson||Ehrenberg, Arizona – Kmmech|
|Moon Over the RTR – Randy Hedden||
of the Very First
HOWA PHOTO CONTEST
Gore Range, Colorado – Vagabond Rob 1
We’ve been busy setting up the since the day Suanne and Bob started Homes On Wheels Alliance.
Check out the timeline to see the tasks that had to be completed to make us official up to December 31, 2018.
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How You Can Help.
It is no secret that there is a growing proportion of the country that cannot pay rent, pay for food and medications on the money they have each month. Millions of people in this country have to decide each month if they will pay their rent or buy food or buy the medications they need because they cannot stretch their budget to pay for all of it.
Homes On Wheels, Inc. is a newly formed 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that focuses on providing safe and secure unconventional housing to those in need helping them get back on their feet.
This enormous undertaking will succeed through the efforts of volunteers and contributions from those individuals and organizations that want to change lives and make a difference. There are many ways to be part of the solution. Click on the button to donate now through PayPal.
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