Emergency Funds & Tents for Nomads

Contact HOWA for emergency assistance by:

  • Email:  Efund@HomesOnWheelsAlliance.org, 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

At least 90% of Emergency Fund contributions directly assist those in need within in the mobile community.  The remaining percentage 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.

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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 March 28, 2022

DATE   DESCRIPTION AWARDED
EMERGENCY FUND AWARDS
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 Award      $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
05/30/2021   Vehicle Repairs      $780.62
06/04/2021   Vehicle Repairs      $797.15
06/07/2021   Compassion/Covid Award      $200.00
06/09/2021   Compassion/Covid Award      $200.00
06/19/2021   Tire and Compassion Award      $267.41
06/18/2021   Tires and Alignment      $669.61
06/20/2021   Compassion Award      $100.00
07/08/2021   Compassion Award      $100.00
07/09/2021   Diagnosis of Electrical problems      $200.00
07/12/2021   Radiator Repairs    $1500.00
07/30/2021   Repairs    $1500.00
08/09/2021   Axel Repairs      $859.47
08/14/2021   Electrical Repairs      $829.65
08/23/2021   Wheel Bearings and Engine Mount    $1500.00
08/28/2021   Compassion Fund, Catalytic Converter      $837.00
08/30/2021   Transmission Repairs    $1110.71
09/03/2021   Transmission Repairs    $1400.00
09/05/2021   Compassion Award      $100.00
o9/10/2021   Compassion Award, Tires, Ball Joints    $1229.19
09/11/2021   Compassion Award      $100.00
09/16/2021   Compassion/Covid Award      $200.00
09/22/2021   Transmission Repairs    $1500.00
09/25/2021   Gas and Food      $250.00
09/27/2021   Gas      $150.00
10/03/2021   Compassion Award      $100.00
10/11/2021   Compassion Award      $100.00
10/13/2021   Compassion Award      $100.00
10/17/2021   Compassion Award      $100.00
10/26/2021   Fuel Injector Repair      $255.20
11/04/2021   Control Arms, Tie Rods, Alignment    $1290.90
11/09/2021   Head Gasket Repairs    $1499.00
11/20/2021   Computer Component for Van       $340.38
12/03/2021   New Alternator       $504.24
12/11/2021   Compassion/Covid Award       $200.00
12/14/2021   Compassion Award       $100.00
01/01/2022   Gazelle Tent and Stakes       $396.12
01/19/2022   Compassion/Covid Award       $200.00
01/20/2022   Compassion Award       $100.00
02/03/2022   Estimate for Repairs        $198.74
02/16/2022   Compassion Award        $100.00
02/18/2022   Repairs to Misfiring Engine        $436.40
02/17/2022   Compassion Award, 15W Solar Panel, Two Donated Battery Bricks        $153.79
02/19/2022   Vaneventi Tent        $210.05
03/07/2022   Compassion Award        $100.00
03/13/2022   Compassion Award        $100.00
03/14/2022   Compassion Award        $100.00
03/22/2022   Compassion/Covid Award        $200.00
03/23/2022   Compassion Award        $100.00
04/27/2022   Gas           $25.00
05/9/2022   Compassion Award        $100.00
05/26/2022   Compassion/Covid Award        $200.00
05/08/2022   Wheel Bearing Repair        $678.46
06/14/2022   Compassion Award        $100.00
06/14/2022   Repair Fuel Leak        $339.68
06/17/2022   Replace Spark Plugs, Coil,Headlight        $624.95
06/25/2022   Windshield Replacement        $220.93
07/11/2022   Compassion Award        $100.00
07/14/2022   Compassion/Covid Award        $200.00
07/19/2022   Compassion Award        $100.00
07/22/2022   Aluminet and Pet Cooling Pads        $465.26
07/23/2022   Rebuilt Transmission Installation       $1500.00
08/06/2022   Compassion/Covid Award         $200.00
08/11/2022   Compassion Award         $100.00
08/12/2022   Compassion Award         $100.00
08/26/2022   Brakes         $968.17
08/27/2022   Compassion Award         $100.00
08/29/2022   Compassion Award         $100.00
08/30/2022   Additional to 8/26 Brake Work         $140.20
08/30/2022   Compassion Award         $100.00
09/20/2022   Diagnosis of Oil leak          $150.42
09/22/2022   Additional Diagnosis for Oil leak          $150.42
09/26/2022   Compassion Award          $100.00
10/01/2022   Compassion Award          $100.00
       
    TOTAL FUNDS AWARDED    $56,168.64

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).