The Low-down on Housing

29 Jan

Couch-surfing:
Couchsurfing is probably the coolest thing. What a great way to meet others and hang out, and probably enjoy your City in a new way, too. This is in every way the free and giving, loving systems that we need to practice, and perfectly matches the American morale and can be practised in present-day from where you are. Help end homelessness, and meet really cool travellers. Together, we are stronger. Host or surf at: http://couchsurfing.org/

Condo:
The condo model is still in, because it’s a rent-free living unit. This could be in your family, or owned with an extra bed from a long-time friend. They might need help around, be retiring soon and not be able to go to the pantry or places themselves, etc! Or, if you buy one once, then you have it. Bonus for any house is if it’s got the inventions built in, which are still in progress for the mainstream.

Mobile Home/Car Truck:
I have met very good people who live in a mobile home. In the South, they even have these ones that they call that but are really more like houses. Sometimes they move, and sometimes they “would” move, lol! It is a lot of staying-on-top-of keeping an area clean and free of entropy, and is probably some of the best experimenting with electrical and off-grid appliances too. Any smaller vehicle is easier to park and less obtrusive.. While being slightly less spacious does not necessarily mean less comfortable. Get something cool. Be free.

Stay with:
There’s always “stay with” folks or others, and if it’s others that’s totally cool and we should encourage that alternative lifestyle. If it’s with parents well, you did do that when you were growing up. In some countries (China actually being one) it is typical to come back after leaving, but I find it’s weird here, not quite the same. Maybe you will agree, or perhaps you appreciate your pet/large family/bike/car/room/whatever enough that it makes it possible.

Build a house:
Check out this movie, “First Earth” on Youtube. Also, there’s a great PDF somewhere called “The $50 and Up Underground House Book.” Open Source Ecology has full plans also for a community Compressed Earth Brick Press, made out of metal and basic hydraulic parts. Sweet. You still do a trench with gravel on Earthen houses. However you get to design your soul into it, a dream house. Guest house: This is probably the exception to the above. You could even build one on the same lot and be pretty free from a constant influence. If building one, try cob, retrofitting a garage/outbuilding, or any kind of tiny house construction. I have hear

Rent Free Apartments:
How it should be, right: If you go to a place like a City, and are looking for accommodations, then you are shown to somewhere that is high-rise and upcoming. No “Section 8,” no nonsense, no rent, not that someone is paying utilities but inventions are in there, one could even get a free education. 🙂 This would be a great base for contributing to society in what you love and can do, and also giving the freedom of not being productive if you don’t want. Just: don’t be a flake, stranger. If we cared for the others, then it would all work. Buy: Is private property theft? Do you like dealing with banks? Home mortgages are available on your future. I mean, loans I mean, paying back forever I mean…. What alternatives exist? If we are creative in how we “divide up” this Earth, then there should be other ways than buy or rent.

Tent:
Seems like drama to me, as in especially if it brings cops. There are better ways to do an urban situation in my experience, but if tents are your thing then more power to you, they look awesome and you sleep a little better in them. There are some situations where a tent can be kept up 24/7, like The Jungle tent village in Silicon Valley. There are many situations where they can be kept up overnight and taken down at crack-of-dawn in the morning.

Eco-village, Intentional Community etc:
Have not had experience with. So, echo what another person said that Eco-villages and intentional communities should be built wherever and whenever they can be. In other versions of this movement, this is as far as the free movement gets.

Homeless/outdoors.
I would now bring a tarp and sleeping bag combination. This is the preferred/ recommended way. It can get super cold, it can snow, or rain; you can accomodate another person and/or a pet. All your things can go within the tarp. If you want, you can hang it up. Yah. It’s a transition. You may be travelling and have to have the area, you might miss a connection and be out. know about it.

Squat abandoned buildings
By the Papal Bull Act of 1455, property deeds are fraudulent. If the house or building is abandoned, it is your right to use it. Property tax is the rent. Wariness at first; because you have to introduce yourself to/appease the neighboring community. Ignore this at your peril; most any City I know will not actively follow up on squatters unless they get a call/calls. Keep in mind that a house is not a home: you may have to do some extensive work on the unit and figure out ways to do basic things, you may have to know things like plumbing if pipes and electrical if wires were cut/stripped, etc. Join an international movement however and this is, finding, or permission, or donated, is one of the best chances we have at getting immediate rent-free building or housing.

Rent-to-own

If you rent currently and can’t relocate, this is the conversation to have with your landlord. Get onto this and, have your little place. My thought for building one would be 600/month , 2500 to own. So you get adjusted and then you could leave at any time and it would go back into the pool. Let’s do this let’s get this going.

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