I have a vision of the future. The homeless population will continue to explode... however... the middle class will bottom out and many people "caught inbetween" will opt out of renting and home ownership and instead turn to van living.
It would be so cool to own 300 acres and build a community
Now I am understanding your vision, I have seen what you are seeing. I saw it when I visited San Diego. Saw it in many areas around Los Angeles. Affordable housing is the issue and there's no solution. I think because of the pandemic, when businesses were told to shutter that many left sticks and bricks for living in their vehicle. Not being able to pay their rent. Do you think that is the case? Even with moratoriums on eviction, a debit is being incurred. Is there a solution? I don't think there is a solution unless people in this circumstance leave urban areas. The cities are no longer affordable for the average worker. There's no incentive to build affordable housing in urban areas because it provides no tax base for a municipality. Most major cities in the country are badly run anyway. They are not doing anything in regards to affordable housing. So the solution may be to head to a more rural environment. There are many of us who squat on public land but we are not part of the housing situation that I have described. People living in everything from $250,000 motorhomes to cheap cars. We are all the same because this is a choice that we have made. Some settle into an area like Flagstaff where I stay for the Summer and get part time jobs. Some have small incomes like I do and don't work. But this lifestyle is a choice. Freedom-Peace-Happiness I met Bob 9 years ago. He gave me my first good digital camera. I saw a way to travel and remove myself from a society I no longer wanted to be part of. "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." J.K. It's a huge country we live in. Lots of open space away from urban areas. Full of options and possibilities. Affordable housing and jobs. The ability to live closer to nature. The cities and urban areas have become cesspools. They smell like decay.Well where I live the RV, van and truck camper population has grown. All along Dallas road is nothing but mobile units.
I'm not sure if it's pandemic related but the number of people camping in the park is exponentially higher than last summer.
Time will tell if it's a bigger problem in 2021. I suspect that while we might settle a bit, we're not going anywhere back to normal. Many people are realizing that this is a much cheaper option to live vs paying for rent. I also suspect municipalities will begin cracking down once covid dies down next year.