The advert that I ran in the Eugene Weekly right before the November 2018 election reads:
says vote no on measure 102. What to do instead? Make Social Enterprise be an incorporation category similar to S-Corp and LLC . Make the big money social enterprises such as Homes For Good and St. Vinnies be held accountable by having a triple bottom line as part of their charters. Don’t give tax money to entities that have already signed onto spending $2 million for a net gain of zero beds in their family homeless shelter program and/or that bring us studio apts that rent for over $1100 per month. If you give me some money I can explore building a $50K-$150k 3-D printed SRO hostel that rents rooms for $300 per month and is designed so that homeless people are actually happy to live there.
How do I achieve the goal of a $50k to $150k total project cost? Simple. Put one of these https://www.fastcompany.com/40538464/this-house-can-be-3d-printed-for-4000 here
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The I Can’t Have Any Friends Who Are Unhoused Or I Will Be Evicted Fundraiser for Judi B.
It is not for lack of trying or lack of the ability to pay reasonable rents that I make the following fundraising pitch for CouchHosting.org on behalf of one Judi B. To the haters out there who want the unhoused to pay something for their housing, I get that, and Judi has been doing that, but she keeps getting evicted for various reasons unrelated to her ability to pay. So now she and I are embarking on this GoFundMe campaign to raise enough money so that she can stay at the one place that she both likes and that will take her in on a fairly consistent basis, and that is one of the cheaper motels in Eugene, Oregon.
If you need to know the grisly details about what led us to this course of action, I have been authorized by Judi B to disclose both her name as disclosed here and the following details about the multiple train wrecks that make it seem like her life is cut from one of the Final Destination series of horror movies, that have happened to her over the past year.
I met Judi as part of my work with CouchHosting.org when I advertised that I was willing to have one unhoused person at a time stay with me for one week per month at my studio apartment in Eugene, as is permitted under the terms of my lease. Judi stayed with me for that one week at least, but when I attempted to add her to my lease so that she could stay there longer and start paying me rent, her application was denied by the management at Valley Ridge Apartments in Eugene. The official reason given on the paperwork was that her credit wasn’t good enough. But off the written record I was told that she could not stay there because she had been kicked off the property previously when another tenant scammed her out of $300, saying that management was cool with her parking her van on the property and sleeping in it when in fact management had not been informed at all. I was told that if I allowed Judi to stay with me that I would be evicted. That is only one reason why I chose the title that I did for this fundraiser.
At that point, I became highly motivated to find Judi a permanent place to stay that she could call home. She eventually settled on staying at a Studio apt on W 7th near downtown Eugene. I helped her out in getting into that place by giving her a big loan that covered about half of the move-in expenses for both that place and a different place that fell through at the last minute, but that we never got our money back for. That place on W 7th Ave seemed to be going well, except that she lost the key to her mailbox and we didn’t find out until the last day she was allowed to stay there that she had been given a 30 day notice of no cause eviction from that place after being there for only 3 weeks. The reasons for the eviction amount to what I said in the title: She had too many unhoused friends over, sometimes staying overnight, when she was allowed only one overnight guest for 3 days per month. The lease also wasn’t clearly stating if the 3 day clock resets when a new guest stays overnight.
During this time right after her eviction from the 7th Ave location, CouchHosting.org was just starting its football eating game art card sales to help the unhoused, using the website NationalTurnoverLeague.com. Art card sales were used to help Judi stay in various motels for a short time, and we networked with some volunteers to let Judi couch surf at their places for a couple of weeks, until she was able to move into the Phoenix house for women, run by Shelter Care. This opportunity also ended in failure.
Because one of the roommates at the Phoenix House was treating Judi poorly, she decided to stay with her daughter at a house in Eugene for awhile. During this time, she lost contact with the people at Shelter Care because she lost her phone. When she finally got in touch with Shelter Care again, they had ended up dropping her from the program. She stayed at her daughter’s location for a month or two afterwards. The daughter and the couch that Judi slept on for part of this time are featured on the first CouchHosting.org art card in the photo gallery on the home page of CouchHosting.org.
Judi eventually felt compelled to leave from her daughter’s location because she couldn’t handle the chaotic living situation and drama that went on there. She bought a truck and started sleeping in it on the street, first near 4 corners and then over by my apt in Eugene.
We both thought we had found a possible solution to our woes when Judi moved into an Airbnb rental on November 4th, 2018. I disclosed to the host that Judi would be staying there by herself while I had to take a trip out of town. The host and I both accepted the Airbnb booking reservation without asking further questions after I figured these key points were covered by a written exchange of e-mails. While I was on the train to Los Angeles on November 8th, 2018, I was informed by the host that she had just found out that Judi was homeless and that because I hadn’t disclosed that although Judi is my best platonic female friend (which I did correctly imply when I booked the room) but that I also had a professional relationship with her as my homeless client of CouchHosting.org, because of that reasoning alone, the host had the perception that I had lied to her about my relationship with Judi and therefore Judi had to leave immediately. I tried to reason with the host by reminding her that another member of her roommate team had been staying there for 9 months after becoming homeless because his house burned down. Her response was that the other roommate was not homeless.
So now Judi is once again sleeping in her truck, financially powered for the moment by the refund from Airbnb that we were able to get put into Judi’s savings account within 24 hours. I have decided that even though I am out of town, I have the ability to do some fundraising to help Judi be able to afford to book a room at a motel. For every person who donates $5 or more to this GoFundMe campaign, and who sends me their USPS mailing address by sending an e-mail to email@example.com, I will send them one of the first version of the CouchHosting.org art cards that features the dog on the couch plus the human and dog on the couch as a thank you gift.
12-7-18 Update: Judi is for the moment no longer sleeping in her truck on the street. She has returned to the house where her daughter is staying and will likely stay there for awhile at least until the weather warms up a bit. Because the living conditions at that house are still too chaotic for Judi to stay there long term, the GoFundMe campaign will continue, but with the following modifications: Instead of the first $12,000 raised in 2018 going to Judi, now just the first $2000 raised in 2018 will go to Judi, with any amount over $2000 raised in 2018 going to the CouchHosting.org general fund as outlined in the original GoFundMe statement published below. In 2019, Judi will still get the first $12,000 raised during that calendar year.
Old GoFundMe text continued: Since it is close to the end of the year, there would be no tax penalty nor any potential for losing either Judi’s or my SSDI benefits if the goal of raising $1000 per month is exceeded, up to a total of $12,000 received by December 31st, 2018. In 2019, the goal will be to raise at least $1000 per month. If in 2018 or 2019 more than $12,000 is raised, that’s fine. The excess above $12,000 per year will go into the CouchHosting.org general funds as part of the fundraising I was already planning to do in 2019 for building a 3D printed apartment building (or multiple buildings) featuring at least 10 studio apartments per building that rent for $300 per month. The first such building will be called the Roy Howard Thielking House, named in honor of my late father who passed away on Octobeer 18th, 2018, after being the victim of a pedestrian vs auto accident in Chapala, Mexico on October 17th, 2018. More details will follow, starting in January 2019, including more specific details about projected construction costs and locations of the new buildings. At first blush, 3D printing is expected to be so cheap that 10 studio apts could be put on a newly purchased quarter acre lot for a total project cost of $150k or so. Stay tuned and thank you so much for reading.
To make a donation to the gofundme page, please go here:
Is it really true that John Thielking can’t have ANY unhoused friends or he will be evicted? Well, not quite. He just can’t have unlimited unhoused friends of his choice who he helps out on an unlimited basis. The maximum number of occupants allowed overnight in my apt is only two people. Judi is banned by the management from staying overnight, but she is not banned from being on the property or visiting me during the day. I currently have a formerly unhoused room mate who the apartment manager is fine with having him stay with me indefinitely.
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Alert: The Egan Warming Centers in the Eugene/Springfield, OR area will be open for tonight (Dec 10, 2017) and possibly also be open for the next few days. Please visit http://www.eganwarmingcenter.com/ for the latest updates or call my cell at 541-636-6269 and I can read off the latet info from their web site over the phone.
I now have a few active listings of housing opportunities in Lane County, Oregon to share with you. To see the listings, go here: https://couchhosting.org/lane-county-listings
CouchHosting.org has three main themes:
* Guest and Host sign ups for couch surfing through the https://freeworlder.com app. Focused on helping homeless people find free places to crash. For even more ways to find couch surfing opportunities, also visit https://www.couchsurfing.com .
* Leads on companies that will help you get qualified for your next apartment by co-signing or insuring your next lease with you for a fee. That page is here: https://couchhosting.org/co-signer-opportunities
* Tips on stretching your budget and how to skip paying bills without penalties if you are unemployed/underemployed. This is on the Homelessness Prevention page, located here: https://couchhosting.org/homelessness-prevention
Couch-Hosting is a great way to meet new people, many of whom are homeless and in need of a place to crash for a few days. In my brief experiences with hosting homeless and street travelers at my cooling center days at my Peacestickers.net store in the summer of 2017, I found that all of the people in need who visited my store were level-headed and able to keep it together for the few hours that they visited my store, even the ones who let on to being mentally ill or drug users. Many of the travelers were very culturally sophisticated, beyond my modest cultural inclinations for sure. If these people were your overnight guests, they would provide you with an enriching cultural experience that you would expect from a foreign traveler visiting from overseas.
The people who offer their homes as a place to crash for a few days are often requesting no compensation for their trouble. Please respect their space and their boundaries and please have an alternate space lined up for when you are scheduled to leave to minimize friction when that time comes. If you are willing to share with your host some of your life experiences, that would more than compensate them for them putting you up for a few days.
Additional Leads And Services
In addition to Hosts and Guests listings, the site will also soon offer listings for people offering and people seeking monthly room rentals and apartment or house rentals. These listings are primarily intended to be filled by those people who are offering and seeking what could be termed to be sub-prime housing, where the tenant does not meet the traditional income requirement of making 3x the rent and/or does not have at least a 600 fico score. Listings and opportunities to make connections between investors who wish to act as co-signers and/or sub-lessors for sub-prime tenants for small monthly fees to the investors will also be set up to accommodate those situations where a landlord with more traditional screening criteria is willing to allow a co-signer or sub-lessor to assume responsibility for qualifying to rent the unit.. New: Co-signing opportunities may now be viewed here: https://couchhosting.org/co-signer-opportunities
New section with Homelessness Prevention Tips is here:
To sign up to be either a Couch-Host or a Guest, please create a profile on the app or web site called https://freeworlder.com . Please include in your FreeWorlder profile that you are offering to host guests or that you want to crash somewhere. Please indicate that you would like to stay or host, and the number of days that you would like to stay in one place or host one or more people for. Also list how many people and pets are in your party or how many people and pets you are willing to host at any one time.
If you have a good or a bad experience with a user of FreeWorlder, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post your comments on either the Guest or Host pages of CouchHosting.org. Thank you!
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions or want to find out more about safety tips, please visit the FAQ page located here: https://couchhosting.org/freq-asked-questions
The development of the CouchHosting.org web site is a personal project of one of the co-chairs (John Thielking) of the Lane County Chapter of the Pacific Green Party, headquartered in Eugene, OR, USA, and is supported by the Lane County Chapter of the Pacific Green Party.
Fundraising Activities for
Updated 8-1-18: The NationalTurnoverLeague.com fundraising program has been discontinued, since the last straw was the Washington Redskins' management was all but sex trafficking the team's cheerleaders, including taking away their passports while they entertained VIP's in a foreign country. So I'm all through with promoting football, especially the NFL.
My next art card project is now underway. The first art card from this project (the dog on the couch in the photo gallery on this page) is now available for sale. If you want one of those art cards, please send a donation of $5 to CouchHosting.org, PO Box 10631, Eugene, OR 97440 or drop by my Friday yard sales from 10AM-6PM at 1017 W 8th Ave #3, Eugene, OR 97402.
If you want to have you and your pet and your couch be featured in the next art card, please e-mail me at Pagesincolor@yahoo.com or call or text me at 541-636-6269.
7-6-18 Update: I think that I'm going to make Friday yard sales at my place at 1017 W 8th Ave #3, Eugene, OR 97402 from 10AM-6PM be a thing for awhile and see how I do. I have Peacestickers.net bumper stickers, buttons and t-shirts (note that the web site is now up, with all of the items that are for sale by mail order displayed in the photo gallery), plus other fair trade items such as hackey sacks and purses and bags from Guatemala and United Farm Worker apparel, plus gobs and gobs of fair trade costume jewelry. These are all new items, not used items. All items come with a 30 day money back (in any condition) guarantee. Most of the proceeds (above my cost for the items) go to benefit the homeless, via my web site CouchHosting.org, with the first little bit of $$ that comes in covering expenses for the web site and advertising, but also two thirds of daily sales (up to a maximum benefit of $40 per day) are counted a second time, and go towards paying off a loan given to a formerly homeless woman that currently has a balance of over $1000.
10-4-18 Update: The yard sale has now been expanded to include the following program: Bring a printout of your desired blog post to the yard sale and I will pay you $5 for it. Limit one blog post per customer per week. It is not guaranteed that the program will continue for the following week, as funding is very limited. If the program is suspended, notice will be posted here. Thank you.
CouchHosting.org is partnering with another web site under the same management ( https://peacestickers.net ) to bring you an income opportunity that will both enhance your security as well as fund journalism at a more robust and reliable level than is currently available with advertising supported blogs, donation supported blogs or blogs located behind a paywall. The idea is to have all communications about the content of the blog and the replies to it be sent via USPS to the PO Box 10631, Eugene, OR 97440. If you want the NSA to be unable to track the origin of your letter, please leave off your return address from the outside of the envelope. Also consider using a security envelope that has printing on the inside to scramble attempts to read the contents of the envelope without opening the envelope. To post a blog post for free, please send your typewritten manuscript of up to 4 single spaced pages to the PO Box. To reply to a blog post, please send a donation of $1 along with a reply of up to 1 page single spaced typewritten text to the PO Box. People sending replies of more than 1 page are requested to please include an additional donation of $1 per additional page. If you send cash or fail to fill out the money order completely on a money order that was purchased with cash, the NSA will not be able to track the origin of the payment. You may also choose to not use your real name when making a blog post or sending a reply. The blog posters are paid $0.50 for every $1 paid reply, if the blog poster includes a way to contact them and/or send payments in the letter that they send to the PO Box.
Homeless or formerly homeless people are especially encouraged to join Paid To Blog. Tell the world your story. If you come by the yard sale, you can drop off your manuscript (handwritten is OK) and if you want your picture posted along with your work, I can take your picture at that time too.
Also under development is the selling of art cards on the street for up to $5 each as a way of enhancing your income. You may obtain a free pack of 20 art cards to try your hand at selling them by visiting the weekly yard sale at 1017 W 8th Ave #3, Eugene, OR 97402 on Fridays between 10AM-6PM. Rain does not cancel, but if the outside temp is predicted to be a high of over 90F or below 50F, then sale is cancelled for that week, though I will still be inside the apt and you can knock on the door to get your free pack of cards or transact other business. After the first 20 cards, I ask that you pay 20 cents per card. Mail orders of cards are always 20 cents per card, ie no free samples, but with free shipping. An 8.5" x 11" sign that you can use to help you sell the cards without having to pitch verbally to every person who walks by on the street is under development.