I read with great
interest the article on the homeless in regard to the teens riding the rail. I
have also spent the last 6 months and over 100 hours interviewing homeless
individuals for a new book, How To Live Homeless In Style and I have many
interesting conclusions I feel the public may like to know. A few are below:
to 3 million homeless people now live in the United States, according to the
National Homeless Coalition.
the Great Depression has the United States had as many homeless and/or
the Great Depression have as many homeless people chosen to hitch rides on
trains. Then, railroad companies hired more security than is found today in
railroad yards across the United States.
and railroad yards can be easily accessed. It is a main security threat in
the United States. What is Homeland Security doing about it?
know how many famous people have been homeless at some point in their lives?
Check out the book and discover some of the ones who will admit it.
Do you know how to be homeless? In these tough economic
times homeless occurs in every class level.
is absolutely no reason to go hungry in the greater Chattanooga Area. The
Community Kitchen feeds up to 420 meals a day. If you want a 4th
meal, go to the Chattanooga Rescue Mission.
Food Bank also does a great job helping many families with 55 pounds of food per
month to deserving families through church networking in a 21 county area.
followed a homeless individual through a fence into an active rail yard not far
behind Erlanger. I was not challenged and took pictures of this man living in a
locomotive. This is a major homeland defense issue. Chlorine and anhydrous
ammonia tank cars were nearby. That is a lot of potential deaths with someone
who wants to hurt people. If a terrorist wants to be invisible in the US, just
pretend to be homeless.
Signal Mtn., Tennessee
Hear About Homelessness
by Ruth Robinson
posted July 28, 2010
"How do homeless people survive in style?" was Dr. Robert Spaulding's
topic for the July 27 meeting of the Signal Mountain Lions Club, based
on his recent non-fiction book of the same title and accompanied by
photographs from the book.
His interest in the subject was sparked by homeless patients at his
podiatry clinic near the downtown Community Kitchen.
"The Community Kitchen has a lot of services for the homeless and are
doing a great job," the doctor said. They try to help people with foot
needs, but send to him those with problems they cannot solve.
Over time he developed conversations with several homeless men and won
their trust so that they talked with him about their lifestyle and their
surroundings. "Some are safe and some are not," he said. One of the
stories was Eddie's story, about a homeless man who for 25 years has
wandered homelessly because he wanted to see the country. Many, like
him, travel by train, riding the rails on and in boxcars to their next
Church steps seem to be a popular place for some to settle down for the
night, while others have created apartments for themselves in caves,
under underpasses or in or near discarded buildings. One man made a cozy
retreat in an abandoned railcar.
Most people never see where homeless have made their abode but places
created by the homeless bob up everywhere. He had pictures of several
down town which might be seen from the interstate, but usually are not
noticed by those passing by.
"How To Survive Homeless In Style," is the latest of several fiction,
non-fiction and children's books, which Dr. Spaulding has written, all
piqued by an interest he found in his everyday life.