Emergency Fund for Nomads
A HUGE Thank you
To an anonymous donor who gifted Homes On Wheels Alliance (HOWA) the initial $10,000 seed money for this Emergency Fund for Nomads. And thank you for your continued contributions to this fund so that emergency assistance remains accessible to members of our mobile community.
Contact HOWA for emergency assistance by:
Email: HomesOnWheelsAlliance@gmail.com, or
In this initial contact, include —
- nature of the emergency,
- estimated funds needed,
- phone and email.
We will ask additional questions and for verification after this initial contact.
Maintaining the 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.
A Detailed Accounting of Funds
Click on the link below to open a spreadsheet of the current fund balance, contributions in to, and awards out of the Emergency Fund for Nomads.
Initial Estimated Awards:
- Twenty $100 awards
- Four $500 awards
- Two $1000 awards
- Two $1500 awards
Note: HOWA’s processes for vetting and awarding emergency funds follows Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).