Loaner Tents and
Emergency Funds for Nomads

Contact HOWA for emergency assistance by:

  • Email:, or
  • In this initial contact, include the required information —
    • name,
    • location (if awarded a loaner tent, pick up is in Pahrump, NV)
    • your working phone number and
    • your working email 

We require additional information for verification after this initial contact.


Maintaining the Emergency Fund

Your contributions help maintain an Emergency Fund for Nomads.

The unexpected happens to us all. Help us help those in the mobile community who have no where else to get emergency assistance.

Click Here to Donate to Emergency Fund

Ninety percent of Emergency Fund contributions directly assist those in need within in the mobile community.  Ten percent goes toward operating expenses to run the Emergency Fund Program.  If you do not want your contribution distributed in this manner, please make a note with your donation and we will follow your wishes.


Together we are changing lives.



A Saved Life

The desert winds were especially brutal during the winter of 2019.  Rae’s tent tore to shreds.  And, now, she has no where to sleep except while sitting in her car.

Six months ago Rae’s apartment rent increased an additional $200 per month.  Her $800 per month Social Security check was already stretched to the max.  So, Rae chose to travel and live out of her car, instead of on the streets.  She’d done a lot research already — read articles and watched how-to videos — to learn how to be a nomad.  It was her dream and her eventual plan. She intended to trade her car for a van in which she could create a tiny home.  But, with the increase in her rent, she must become a nomad sooner than expected and so used what she had: her car.  Rae is the resourceful, self-sufficient type.  She knew she could do it.

When Rae became mobile, she stored her belongings in her car and slept in her tent.  It was like an on-going camping trip.  She traveled to the desert southwest where the winters are warmer and the nomad community gathers.  But, the winds were brutal in early 2019.  After 5 months, her tent was in shambles and she had no place to sleep comfortably.

HOWA would have preferred to give Rae a minivan.  But, our funds are currently very limited.  So, instead, we provided Rae with a quality tent as an emergency solution.  This $600 tent is a strong temporary structure made to withstand high desert winds and weather.  It was the difference between Rae sleeping comfortably, or in perpetual discomfort in her car.

At that time, we discovered that Rae was sick.  She had heart surgery even before the tent was delivered.  Thankfully, the hospital kept her safe until she was well enough to camp again.  Upon her return to the new tent, Rae shared that she had almost given up.  She plainly says that HOWA saved her life.


Picture is a stock photo of the Sprinbar Highline6 tent provided to Rae.


Accounting of Emergency Funds

Last updated April 6, 2021

8/15/2019 Two (2) Tires purchased and Installed   $389.29
8/22/2019 Brakes and Coolant   $576.57
8/27/2019 Heater Hose Assembly   $245.08
8/29/2019 Tires   $250.00
9/9/2019 Battery   $184.80
9/11/2019 Fuel Pump, Manifold Gasket & Other Repairs   $879.37
9/11/2019 Vehicle Repairs   $301.55
9/26/2019 Rebuilt Starter Repairs   $364.59
10/1/2019 Gas Fund   $100.00
10/1/2019 Purchased Applicant a Gazelle Loaner Tent   $268.99
10/9/2019 Portable Generator   $729.95
10/10/2019 Diagnostic for Repairs needed    $77.90
10/16/2019 Brake Pads and Drum   $385.62
11/22/2019 Gas for heat to keep warm    $50.00
11/27/2019 Winter Coat and Butane to keep warm   $100.00
12/3/2019 Vehicle Repairs  $1,150.85
12/5/2019 Tow vehicle to Repair Shop for Estimate    $222.48
12/16/2019 Donation into Client’s GoFundMe Campaign    $100.00
12/20/2019 Donation into Client’s GoFundMe Campaign   $100.00
12/24/2019 Vehicle Repairs   $304.68
12/29/2019 Compassion Award   $100.00
12/30/2019 Compassion Award   $100.00
1/3/2020 Donation into Client’s GoFundMe Campaign   $100.00
1/23/2020 Tires   $200.00
1/28/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
1/31/2020 Donation into Client’s GoFundMe Campaign   $100.00
2/4/2020 Vehicle Repairs  $1,300.00
2/22/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
2/25/2020 Parts for Vehicle Repairs   $401.45
3/5/2020 Purchased Applicant a Gazelle Loaner Tent   $308.27
3/10/2020 Diagnostic Test and Repairs   $400.00
3/21/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
3/21/2020 Gas Fund   $100.00
3/21/2020 Two (2) Tires purchased and Installed   $148.75
3/21/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
3/31/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
4/3/2020 Gas Fund    $85.00
4/13/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
4/15/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
4/17/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
4/21/2020 Vehicle Repairs   $552.12
5/2/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
5/8/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
5/16/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
5/28/2020 Vehicle Repairs   $530.93
6/21/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
7/25/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
8/7/2020 Food and Gas Fund   $200.00
8/15/2020 GoFundMe Campaign Donation   $100.00
8/22/2020 Vehicle Repairs   $386.90
9/14/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
9/19/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
 9/27/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
11/14/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
11/26/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
12/07/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
12/07/2020 Battery and Smart Box             Donated Items  
12/07/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
12/17/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
12/22/2020 Vehicle Repairs   $821.76
12/26/2020 Steering System Repair   $513.53
12/29/2020 Compassion Award   $100.00
01/01/2021 Carbon Monoxide Detector, Blanket, and Funds for Warm Clothing   $239.82
01/09/2021 Vehicle Repair   $640.53
01/25/2021 Compassion Award   $100.00
01/27/2021 Compassion Award   $100.00
01/28/2021 Compassion Award   $100.00
02/03/2021 Vehicle Repairs  $1400.00
02/12/2021 Compassion Award    $100.00
02/18/2021 Compassion Award    $100.00
02/24/2021 Windshield Replacement    $294.00
03/18/2021 Tow and Transmission Repair    $875.00
03/20/2021 Compassion Award    $100.00
03/24/2021 Head Gasket   $1093.04
03/30/2021 Rebuilt Transmission   $1500.00
03/31/2021 New Control Arm and Starter     $660.19
04/10/2021 New Alternator     $390.70
04/28/2021 Estimate for Repairs     $175.00
04/29/2021 Compassion/Covid Awards     $200.00
04/30/2021 Repairs     $235.00
05/03/2021 Transmission Repair     $606.08
05/03/2021 Rebuilt Transmission   $1500.00
05/16/2021 Compassion Award      $100.00

For vehicle repairs, client’s provide proof of ownership of that vehicle (registration and/or title) and at least two estimates whenever possible. Payments are made to the provider of the service.  All client’s provide ID (usually a driver’s license).

Note: HOWA’s processes for vetting and awarding emergency funds follows Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).