How Can Homeless People Own So Much Stuff These Days?
The latest count of homelessness nationwide shows the population has increased for the first time in seven years, due mostly to a surging homeless crisis along the West Coast. Dec. 6, 2017, at 3:32 a.m.
In Los Angeles, the economy is booming with all sorts skyscrapers going up near the old skid row downtown near the Staples Center. Presumably, panhandling is paying well, but not so well as to afford rents, which are very high in LA now.
Many of the swelling mob of the homeless have gotten pushed out of their old skid row turf to the Toy District in DTLA, which hosts hundreds of tents.
A big change is that the homeless now often own a lot of stuff, like tents and air mattresses. Camping out in LA’s climate doesn’t sound that bad, as long as you can hang on to your comfortable camping gear. But how do they do that?
What I haven’t seen addressed is: how they keep the other bums from stealing their property? Do they pack it all up when they leave each day and trundle it with them? Do they now have high tech locks or alarms? Do they have a buddy system to always have somebody on guard? Have they gotten some kind of Hobo Code of Honor going?