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  • March 15, 2022 3:57 PM | Anonymous

    I am writing to let you know how thankful I and our charity are for Blake Moore and CNE Electrical Contractors

    As you likely know, we have a house and a couple small pieces of land in Akron Ohio. A big part of our charity is to help shelter homeless people. This winter we grew to about 16 tents, 2 tiny houses and a camper. 

    We sheltered a woman all winter long in an ice fishing tent who was pregnant and will be giving birth in April. We shelter a homeless veteran. About 50% of our village are homeless women. These are all people that had nowhere else to turn. The shelters are often full. And often the people that live with us have a dog and/or partner. Neither are allowed at any shelter. 

    One of the most difficult parts of this work is keeping people warm in the winter. Here is a picture of our camp during one of the several snowstorms this winter:


    We've used propane Buddy Heaters throughout most of our work. But we are finding that they can be dangerous. And getting propane is difficult. So we've been moving more and more people to electricity.

    The problem with that is that electric heaters take a tremendous amount of amperage. So we were looking at upgrading our electric panel to help facilitate more electrical use. We are a very small charity and money is incredibly tight. I was quoted about $3500 to do this work. We simply didn't have the money. So we put out a request for help with this work. Within about a minute of putting out the request, Blake texted me and said he'd do all the work for no charge... all labor and all supplies. 

    You can't imagine how elated we all were. His team came out today and did an absolutely beautiful job. They were wonderful people, incredibly kind and competent. 

    We are now the proud owners of a 200amp electrical panel. This will change our entire lives and the work we do.

    We all are sothankful for Blake and CNE. It's people like them that always prove to me that people are good. That goodness is at the heart of the vast majority of people.


    I just wanted to let you know. If you are ever in need of a great electic company, give CNE a call: (330) 604-5602

    Thank you so much!

    Sage 


  • January 24, 2022 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    I'm starting a study called the Akron Homeless Longitudinal Study. I'll be posting the ongoing results and audio interviews on Patreon. The funds at Patreon will go to the participants of the study. I'd love it if you'd be a supporter of this work.

    You can become a member by clicking here. 

  • December 12, 2021 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    The outpouring of support recently has been incredibly heartwarming. I never have any worry about the fate of humanity because I know how good humans are at their core. It's the institutions that typically bring out the worst in us.

    Here's a picture of our messy storage space with some of the supplies people have provided.


    We now have a surplus of heaters, tarps, and sleeping bags and blankets. We also have some charcoal that is really amazing. 

    Right now the things we are in need of: 

    Tents, socks, gloves, hats. We can always use sleeping bags and blankets. We have some spares right now but they go really fast. That's also true for tarps. We can never have enough tarps.

    We are also going to be doing an electrical project. The things were going to need for that include: 

    • EMT (electrical metallic tubing). 
    • Fish tape
    • Fittings (connectors and LBs)
    • GFCI
    • Pipe bender
    • RMC (rigid metal conduit) I haven't measured yet
    • Stranded electrical wires (12/3) I haven't measured yet
    •  Conduit straps
    • Wire connectors

    If you have access to any of this material I would be extremely grateful. You can text me at 330-416-7519.


  • December 12, 2021 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    I've been doing a lot of research on extension cords recently. Our tiny house and garage are hard wired into the electric system of the house. But our second tiny house, tent and camper are currently being electrified with extension cords. 

     Over the years, I have had a lot of interaction with the fire department doing this work. And they have effectively scared the shit out of me with extension cords. They repeatedly tell me all the horror stories of houses burning down and people dying because of extension cords. 

    Every winter, as I strategize ways to provide heat to our houseless neighbors, I continually worry about various forms of danger.

    Up until now, I have been providing buddy heaters and propane tanks for people. Due to the fact that I have at one time heated 50 tents with Buddy heaters and propane tanks, I have seen some scary things happen. I've seen buddy heaters completely melted and one woman nearly died because of carbon monoxide poisoning. The sheer numbers of people I've worked with using this form of heat significantly increases the chance of me experiencing dangerous situations. 

    This year is the first year I can provide electricity for everyone. Every outbuilding now has electricity running to it and small portable heaters. People just also got electric blankets which are going to be a game changer. I talked to people this morning about their experience with their electric blankets. They said they were so great they didn't even need to use their heater. Electric blankets are wonderful because they use significantly less energy than a portable heater. 

    I will be running more hard wired electricity throughout the yard. But in the meantime I have these three people that are on extension cords. I just came across these 14 gauge extension cords with breakers. The issue with extension cords is that people often times overload them and they get so hot they catch fire. These extension cords with breakers should cut down on the likelihood of that happening.

    Like I said, this is a temporary fix until I can hardwire more outlets in the yard. But I'm pretty excited about the slightly better safety of these extension cords.

    Here's a picture of what I bought:



  • December 10, 2021 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    I have many thoughts on homeless people and rules. The general belief is that homeless people don't want to go into shelters because they don't want rules. What they don't want are stupid rules like: you can't wear shorts, you can't have your purse or phone in your bed, lights out at 8:30. Yes, there are drug use rules. But those are the easiest to ignore. I could show you 10 people and ask you which of them are on meth. I guarantee you wouldn't be able to do it. I can't do it and I'm constantly around people on meth.

    The fact is, homeless people (like ALL people) want rules. They want to feel safe. They want their belongings to be safe. They want to live peacefully. These are universal desires.

    I've been sheltering people (again) since about April of this year. I have very intentionally avoided writing down rules because I wanted to make sure I understood what the issues of this particular group of people are.

    But we are now at a point where we are in need of some foundational rules at the Houseless Movement House and Garden. I wanted to share them with you so that you can see that homeless people actually DO want rules and will abide by them if they make sense. I chose to put a "why" next to each rule so that they could understand why the rule exists. So many rules in society are pointless. And homeless people pick up on that really easily.

    Click this link to get a full printout of the rules:

    Houseless Movement Rules.pdf

    Here they are as well:

    Houseless Movement Rules

    1. Everyone that lives in the Houseless Movement House and Garden is required to see a psychiatrist and do what they are instructed to do. (Why: Mental illness is your biggest hurdle right now.)

    2. Physically attacking anyone (including destroying their or your own shelter) is the most serious offense here. You will most likely be thrown out. (Why: no one deserves the fear of being physically attacked.)

    3. Stealing from anyone at the Houseless Movement House and Garden is the second most serious offense here. Doing so will cause serious consequences for you. (Why: Homeless people stealing from homeless people is a plague in our community. It must not exist in our community. “Thou shalt not steal.”)

    4. If you live in the Garden you are only permitted to keep as many belongings as fit in your living space. You can have up to 2 outdoor chairs and 1 bicycle outside. Everything else will be thrown away immediately. 

    5. Do not attempt to repair electrical outlets or plumbing issues without checking with Sage first. This includes the furnace and water heater. (Why: messing with electric can cause fires. Messing with water can cause floods. Either one going down affects everyone.)

    6. You are responsible for keeping your space clean and tidy. (Why: Middle-class white people are obsessed with things looking neat. It matters more to them than anything else. The quickest way we will get shut down is by looking messy and dirty and cluttered. Middle-class white people run the city and make all the rules.)

    7. No fires or fire pits. (Why: Our neighbors hate us. They hate homeless people. And the law says they can call on any fire at any time. And they will. This will build ammunition for the city to come in and say we have too many code violations and they will shut us down.)

    8. Do not mess with other people’s things. Do not borrow things without asking. Do not go into other people’s rooms or living spaces without asking. (Why: because you hate it when people do it to you. So why would you think it is justified if you do it to them.)

    9. Do not take justice into your own hands. If a person has hurt you or stolen from you the process is to tell Sage. Sage will handle it. (Why: having a whole bunch of people being judge and jury creates chaos.

    This is your home. We want you here. We want you to stay with us for as long as you would like. Yes. It’s a hard group of people to live with. If it gets too much, chances are that’s the world telling you it’s time to move to the next level. This is a place for people that the rest of the world has thrown away. The people you live with are difficult. You are difficult. But you are loved. And you are welcome here. We will do everything we can to keep you here because we have made a commitment to you. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to follow the rules. If you don’t follow the rules you are subject to any form of punishment including possibly being forced to leave.

    These rules can be changed or updated at any time. They will be posted throughout the house.

    Sage Dec 10, 2021




  • November 22, 2021 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    Do you want to know the down and dirty truth of what really goes on at the Houseless Movement House and Garden, then you need to subscribe to the behind-the-scenes stories over at Patreon. It will cost you $5. But we need it for our utilities to shelter homeless people. And I promise that you will not be disappointed by what you get at Patreon. Here is this week's tell-all story:

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/59002818


  • November 16, 2021 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    I've started a Patreon where I talk about all the most insane things going on at the Houseless Movement​ house and Garden. If you want to truly get a front-row seat to the truth of working with homeless people this is the place to do it.

    You have to pay to read this stuff. But it's as raw and real as I can possibly make it.

    This Week At The Houseless Movement House and Garden - November 15, 2021 | Houseless Movement on Patreon


  • November 15, 2021 8:22 AM | Anonymous

    The Houseless Movement house and Garden currently shelters 12 people and 3 dogs. 

    • 5 people and one dog in the house.
    • 1 person and one dog in the garage.
    • 2 people and one dog in the camper.
    • 1 woman in a tiny house.
    • 1 man in another tiny house.
    • A woman in a tent.
    • A man in another tent. 

    Just yesterday I handed out 4 electric heaters (this is the first time in my history of doing this work that I'm able to provide electric heat instead of propane heat.) I will probably be purchasing at least two more of these heaters. I got them at Sam's Club. They were $36 each:

    If our electric bill was $240 last month, I can't imagine what it will be the upcoming months. And our furnace is now running 24/7. And we have a full service bathroom fully running that is available for any homeless person any time of the day or night. (I'm pretty sure it's the first always-available bathroom to ever be available to the homeless community in Akron.)

    We have stationary tubs on the other side of this room that people can use to wash clothes as well as their hands and face. 

    If this cause moves you, I can't think of how you could better spend your money. We have no executives we're paying salaries to. We don't make any fancy brochures. All we spend our money on is services for homeless people. 

    If you are able to donate, please do so here:

     If you can upgrade your Houseless Movement membership please do so here:

     And I've just started a Houseless Movement Patreon where I share the down and dirty behind-the-scenes stories of all the things that go on at the Houseless Movement House and Garden. You can subscribe to that here:

    It is unbelievable to me that we have to fight so hard for basic shelter and warmth and hygiene in the richest, most Christian country in the world. But we do. And it is YOU that makes it all happen. YOU are the hero we need. Our leaders stand by as American freeze and suffer while YOU stand up and do the right thing. 

    Thank you for all that you do. You are incredible. 

    I love you,

    Sage

  • November 05, 2021 8:20 AM | Anonymous

    A Print Newspaper For The People Of Akron

    The truth of Akron is that for decades it has been run by puppets of the corporations that use Akron tax dollars to make themselves incredibly rich. 

    We can end this. 

    Revolutions are won through the dissemination of information. People have been killed by cruel governments for lesser things than this paper. The Akron Uprising will set us free from the chains of oppression that keep our backs bent and our heads facing the dirt.

    WE MUST STAND UP!

    This paper is meant for one thing: to empower the people of Akron. 

    This is how it works:

    1. You fund the printing costs. (We can get 1000 full-color copies of The Akron Uprising for $899.) No money goes to salaries or rent or overhead of any kind. ALL THE MONEY GOES TO PRINT COSTS.

    2. We give the paper to Akron homeless people to sell for $1. They keep the entire dollar.

    You are welcome to print it and disseminate it yourself. Here is the pdf that you can download and print. You can print it and sell it or give it away. You are free to do anything you want with it. Just get it out there.

    But if you are lucky enough to have a little extra money to spare then please consider contributing to the printing costs of the newspaper. 

    WE CAN TAKE AKRON BACK FROM THE CORPORATIONS. It happens all the time in history. It can AND WILL happen in Akron too. 

    CLICK HERE TO DONATE AND LEARN MORE.

  • November 01, 2021 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    Every Sunday I go to the Houseless Movement Garden to hang out with my houseless friends and the people living in the Houseless Movement House. 

    I bring 40 cups of coffee (including cups, sugar, creamer, and stirrers) and I bring donuts or muffins (this is another reason I need and am so thankful for you Patrons.)

    This is a Patron's only post. It would help us a great deal if you'd consider becoming a member there. AND you are going to get inside information that will not be available anywhere else. 

    Click here:

    This Week's Garden Meeting - Meth, Psychosis, and the Bathroom | Houseless Movement on Patreon

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