Ashland, OR (PressExposure) May 07, 2013 -- Veronica Harnish literally wrote the book on how to endure homelessness, via the recently published "Car Living When There's No Other Choice: Tips & Strategies for Survival & Safety." Now she plans to generate policy changes at the national level that address the two primary causes of homelessness: lack of a living wage and lack of affordable housing.
The book details day-to-day survival tactics, shatters stereotypes about homeless people (more than 50% of homeless people work, but don't earn enough to pay for housing), and directs readers toward practical national policy solutions -- such as funding the National Housing Trust Fund via mortgage interest deduction reform, and passing Sen. Tom Harkin's Fair Minimum Wage Act -- that can prevent the root causes of homelessness.
The current economic climate of lost living-wage jobs, high rents, foreclosures, and a shredded social safety net has pushed more people into poverty and out onto the streets since the 1960's. Homeless shelters across America are overwhelmed and underfunded, turning away many people in need. If friends and family are unable or unwilling to help, car living becomes the only option to avoid sleeping on the streets--and one that many are unprepared for.
Based on Harnish's own experience of homelessness, as well as extensive research, "Car Living When There's No Other Choice" is a book of resources to help people whose living situations have taken a short-term turn for the worse, who have never previously lived in a vehicle, and who need vital information to help them ride out the storm successfully until circumstances change.
The purpose of this book is two-fold: To give immediate guidance, help, and resources to get the newly homeless through their current situation, while providing information to the non-homeless to help wipe out the core causes of homelessness through national legislation.
"It's a shame that in the richest country in the world, there is demand for a book like this." says Harnish. "It's obviously a sign of the times, with little end in sight."