Application for Minivan

If we had our choice we would help everyone who asks, but the reality of limited available finances means that can’t happen—as much as we hate it, we must turn down some people that we would love to help. That raises the question of how do we choose who we say “Yes” to, and who do we say, “No” to? We despise making that decision, but we have no choice, we must make it.

To guide us in making a fair decision we’ve developed this Grant Application Form, it may appear to be intrusive, and we apologize for that, but we feel that it is required to make the best possible decision about who gets the limited money we have.

Our goal isn’t just to help you in this time of need, we want to be as sure as possible that you can thrive and succeed in the future. We feel it would be an injustice to you to bring you out here and set you up only to discover you never had a solid chance to make it in your financial circumstances. Much of the information we’re asking is to help us decide how to best help you now and in the future.

One of the things we’re doing to assure your success in the nomadic life, is to ask you to make a small payment every month into a savings account. It will be your money but we will leave it in the escrow account as either a savings toward, 1) the future upgrade of your vehicle home, 2) or as an emergency fund for the inevitable mechanical and other problems that befall all nomads. If we are donating a vehicle to you, such as a minivan, we’ll place a lien on it until the payments are finished.

For those with a very low monthly income and we determine you can’t afford the future costs of maintaining a vehicle home, we may offer you a new home of either, 1) a quality canvas tent, or, 2) a very small trailer your car can tow. Either of these will reduce your future costs to a more manageable level, matching your income.

Finally, we’ll ask that each of you “give back, or, “pass it forward” after you’ve been a nomad for awhile by mentoring and sharing your valuable experience with other new people coming into the nomadic life.

Thank you again for trusting us enough by entrusting us with knowledge of your life, we are looking forward to seeing you blossom and thrive in a wonderful new life, and then sharing that with others.

Welcome aboard!

The Trustees and Staff of Homes On Wheels Alliance

Application Materials to Apply for a Minivan Home

If you are in need of a mobile dwelling, we invite you to apply for a vehicle home including a solar power system, bed, shelving, storage and back kitchen.  You’ll need to complete the application and budget below, then attach all forms and documents in a single email per the instructions in the application.   Vehicle homes will be granted based upon both need, as well as the applicants’ anticipated ability to maintain their vehicle over time.  

Cut off date to receive application materials is September 15, 2019 for the October 2019 minivan that will be built-out in Pahrump, NV.

Lesa (of Simply Lesa) was awarded one minivan.

A second minivan, built out by volunteers in October, will be awarded later in late 2019 or early 2020.  When applications are re-opened, HOWA will announce it on this website and our social media.

Email completed application materials (forms and electronic documents) to Suanne Carlson, Executive Director,

Here is a minivan under construction …