Emergency Fund and Loaner Tents for Nomads

The unexpected happens to all of us.  If you need a temporary tent shelter, we want to help you.  Or, if you are experiencing an emergency situation and are actively living the nomadic lifestyle, we want to help you.  Click here.

 

2021 Online Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTRs): A COVID-Safe Event

Putting the health and safety of our community first, the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR) and Women’s RTR classes will be online from January 14-20! Classes will taught by full-time nomads, coming to an electronic device near you! RTR classes include — Get a Work Camping Job, Solar Made Easy, Find Free Boondocking, Safety Information, Tips to Downsize, How to Find Community (during COVID), and more. Women’s RTR classes include Personal Hygiene for Women and Women’s Safety. After each live class, attendees can ask questions of the presenters. More information about how to participate will be provided in the coming months.
 
  • For current information about the 2021 Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR and WRTR), click here!

 

Caravans

The Caravans provide a place to camp with other nomads year around. Participants typically find informal opportunities to learn and practice their new mobile-living skills, make friends, and have fun. The usual pattern for a Caravan Group is to camp on Public Land for 14 days, then move to camp at another place for 14 days, and so forth. HOWA staff publish the camp locations on Meetup where individuals RSVP prior to arrival to assure enough room for everyone. Camping is free and no amenities are provided. Please join us! Important note: The Caravans follow the Leave No Trace Principles. Click here for Questions & Answers about the Caravans.

NOTICE:  To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Homes On Wheels Alliance (HOWA) has canceled the in-person Caravans until further notice. Check status in Meetup.

While we social distance, HOWA added Virtual Caravans — Connections, and Classes — as a way for nomads to have community.  Use Meetup to RSVP to these Zoom events.   

For the latest information about HOWA’s response to COVID-19, go to http://HomesOnWheelsAlliance.org/COVID-19.

 

We Care Gift Card Program

HOWA’s newest program is called “We Care.”  Initiated by an anonymous donor, HOWA will distribute hundreds of $50 of gift cards to people who are living out of their vehicles — cars, vans, or RVs.  Times are hard for everyone right now, but especially for those who were struggling prior to the challenges of 2020.  If you are having a difficult time, we want you to know that you are not alone, someone really does care about you.

For December 2021, HOWA awarded $16,400 to Nomads in need in Pahrump and Quartzsite.

We will announce the next dates and locations of these Pop-Up We Care events on

Applicants must drive the rig they are living out of to the event for HOWA to verify that they are indeed a vehicle dweller.  After a short interview to get basic information and assess need, the applicant will be awarded.  This is a drive-through process, applicants will remain in their vehicle the whole time.  To participate in these drive-thru events, all CDC guidelines must be followed (such as wearing a mask over both nose and mouth at all times).  Gift cards will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

HOWA is currently seeking local sponsors and partners to hold more We Care events and to increase the number of gift cards beyond the initial gift of an anonymous and other donors.  If you, as an individual or group, would like to contribute to this effort, go to our We Care Campaign at http://HOWA.rallyup.com/HOWAcares.

We are planning our next We Care event in Pahrump, NV in Spring 2021, thanks to a $3000 Community Grant from Pahrump’s Walmart Supercenter.

Together we are changing lives.

 

Giving Back

Every client we help will be encouraged to give back to the level of their ability. This program will develop a list of opportunities that every person involved in the program can participate in to serve others in love. We are building a tribe and the foundation of every tribe is generosity and gratitude as its highest value. To those that receive, development of an attitude of generosity and giving back is a requirement for participation in Homes On Wheels Alliance.

 

Applications are currently closed for a Minivan Home On Wheels
— Come back in February or March to apply for the Spring event

Thank you for allowing us at Homes on Wheels Alliance the opportunity to help you in your time of need. Each of us have been in a position where we also needed help and we are very grateful there was someone there who cared enough to help—to pay it forward, we want to offer you that same assistance in your time of need. Sadly, asking for help has become a mark of shame in modern America, but we think that is a terrible mistake. We believe that willingly asking for help in a time of need, and joyfully giving it, are the true hallmarks of what it means to be a true human being.  (Select link below to continue reading.)

For information, instructions, and the application, click here!

 

Land Acquisition

Acquired either through generous donations or outright purchase (as money allows). Thank you to Linda May for gifting HOWA with her 5 acres in Douglas, AZ. Linda’s land has already hosted Caravans during the Spring Quarter 2019.

Your contribution will go towards purchasing land for Homes On Wheels Alliance to:

  • Hold gatherings such as the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous,
  • Offer training for new nomads to learn the skills needed to succeed in the lifestyle,
  • Invite Caravan Groups to stay for a time,
  • Build out vans and trailers, recondition RVs to become safe and secure homes for those in need, and
  • Assist nomads to improve their current vehicle dwelling (build bed/cabinets, make mechanical repairs, install solar, sew bedding/curtains, etc.), and
  • Join with other organizations and individuals to hold gatherings in support of the larger mobile community.

If interested in helping us find land, here are some requirements:

  • Within an easy drive to town for supplies, groceries, water, trash disposal, mail/package delivery, and
  • Cell data service (Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile), and
  • Accessible, or could be made accessible to cars, vans, and long/large RVs, and
  • A good chance that the county allows or would approve the uses listed above.

 

If land is to be used for large gatherings, also need:

  • At least 100 acres, preferably more, OR
  • At least 30 acres within easy access to free dispersed camping for participants, AND

Longer Term Goal:

  • Land for long-term stay, like a rustic RV park, for “retired” nomads with a community center for water, trash disposal, laundry, in-door activities, showers,  bathrooms, RV dump

If you have researched and found some land that could work for HOWA, please email us a HomesOnWheelsAlliance@gmail.com to let us know about it.

 


Completed Projects and Future Programs

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Update on eBike and Solar Kit Grants, May 2020

After the April Build Out was canceled due to COVID-19, HOWA found other ways to help the community that didn’t require bringing large groups of volunteers together.   HOWA announced applications for ebikes and 12v power systems in early April.

Sal and Harely both received an eBike based on their need for alternative transportation.  Thank you Lectric eBikes for your generous donations and for the help you provided to these nomads.

Vivian and Diane were the recipients of two complete solar panel kits.  As nomads, each lacked the power they needed.  Thank you to the friends and family who helped Vivian and Diane install their solar power systems.  And thank you so much to Santan Solar for their 245W panels, and Renogy for providing such a great discount for HOWA to purchase the charge controllers and other components to complete their kits.  Finally, thank you to the private anonymous donor for their contribution of the four almost-new 6V batteries (2 each) for their power storage.

Last, due to a gift from an anonymous donor of a used Kodiak solar generator with a 100W panel, Sara received that system in order to have sufficient power to be a nomad with her SUV and trailer.

Update on Build Out Projects and Solar Panel Awards

The Build Out in October 2019 was a Huge Success with Four Homes on Wheels Turned over to Deserving Recipients

Lesa was the recipient of a minivan.

Tim was the recipient of the school bus.  Tim is a big- hearted master-mechanic-volunteer for HOWA who will continue to help the mobile community from Hannah.

Mother and son, Danyel and Jaymes, were the recipients of the cargo trailer.

Married couple, Frank and Julie, were the recipients of the TAB trailer.

Forty solar kits including a 245W panel, charge controller, wiring, mounting hardware, fuses, connectors, etc. were awarded in Nov, 2019.

 

Education

Unfortunately, our society often fails to teach basic practical skills. This program will find experts and set up classes to teach our clients those skills, such as: budgeting, vehicle maintenance, sewing, construction skills, solar power and cellular/internet communications.

 

Social Services Referrals

Some of our clients will need to take full advantage of all social network opportunities available to them, for that we’ll connect them to appropriate Social Service Agencies and other nonprofit organizations for assistance.

 

Vehicle Operations

We plan to 1) acquire vehicles for people to live, (donations and purchases) 2) make necessary repairs and upgrades to prepare the vehicle to live in  3) develop a network of mechanics across the country to maintain the vehicle once they are donated to our client base.

 

Job Leads and Training Program

For our clients able and needing to work, we’ll provide job training and leads on opportunities.

 

Communications

Because of the scope of our objectives, we’ll need to develop good communication practices and resources with our clients, volunteers, donors and the media.