Homes On Wheels Alliance (HOWA) and COVID-19

10/26/20 update

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) published “What you need to know about Keeping Workplaces, Homes, Schools, or Commercial Establishments Safe.”  This is your go-to document for information to prevent the spread of a virus.

Best Practices for Nomads during spread of COVID-19

  • Follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other US Federal Government directions
    • Wash or sanitize hands regularly
    • Do not touch face
    • Disinfect high-use surfaces regularly
    • Stay at least 6-10 feet from others
    • Increase ventilation
    • Avoid groups larger than 10 people
    • Practice physical (aka social) distancing
    • If sick, self-isolate
  • If you need/want community, disperse camp with a small group of other trusted nomads
  • If you elect to camp in a small group:
    • Don’t go in each other’s rigs,
    • Don’t come into physical contact with each other or sit closer than 6 feet apart,
    • Don’t share any common surfaces/items, and
    • Do practice daily check-ins with campmates.
  • Assure that where you or your small group camps complies with local rules, both for the managers of the public land, as well as for any rules in place in response to the Coronavirus.
  • Select wide-open boondocking locations where you park a safe distance from one another within your small camp, as well as establish a large span from other groups’ camps. 
  • Ways to find a small group of nomads to camp with:
    • Look for others on RVillange.com and publish your location,
    • Go to CheapRVLiving.com/forums and create a small camping group at your location, and
    • Recruit a small group in other social media, such as Facebook’s RTR and WRTR official pages
  • Other best practices when dispersed camping
    • Reduce your exposure to the virus —
      • Don’t eat out, even no drive thrus,
      • Only go into town for necessities – trash, water, groceries, supplies,
      • Use Walmart’s pick-up service for groceries and supplies, and
      • If in a group, select only one person drive into town for everyone.
    • Have a plan for when you get sick —
      • Know closest location to get medical help,
      • Have a month’s supply of medications,
      • Share your personal ID and emergency contact information with your campmates, and
      • Inform others where you have a Will and other end-of-life documents in your rig.
    • Use video conferencing, forums, RVillage and social media to remain connected to others.

HOWA PROGRAM UPDATES

Nomad Emergency Fund

HOWA is gearing up to assist:

    • Nomads who are affected by COVID-19, AND
    • Whose employment income has been reduced due to social distancing, AND
    • Who need temporary assistance
  • For nomads in financial distress, HOWA will provide up to $100  for groceries and supplies.
  • The efund will continue to support other nomad emergencies within its scope.
  • Apply for assistance at Efund@HomesOnWheelsAlliance.org
  • To contribute toward HOWA’s Emergency Fund to to assist nomads in need, go to http://HOWA.rallyup.com/efund

Minivan Build Outs

To avoid spreading COVID-19, HOWA cancelled the April 2020 Build Out.  Yet, in order to continue to serve the same number clients, HOWA changed the Minivan Program to require a minimum number of volunteers.  During an active pandemic, we will be using pre-made furnishing instead of building custom plywood shelves and bed.   And, instead of mounted solar panels, clients receive free-standing panels.  In the summer and fall of 2020, HOWA will have awarded five minivan homes on wheels.

Caravan Program Update

We have Virtual Caravans during the pandemic.  Gather around your computer screen with other Nomads, or wannbe Nomads, via Zoom.  And, we have Saturday Morning Classes too!  RSVP using Meet Up at http://meetup.com/caravans/events

Out of concern for our vulnerable mobile population, we have postponed our in-person caravans until further notice.

If you wish to camp together (in person) with other nomads, unofficial, and unorganized by HOWA, use these online sources to make arrangements — 

HOWA recommends nomads who boondock select wide-open locations where they can camp at a safe distance from one another, and a large span from other groups’ camps.