Living in a Car on $800 a Month

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Living in a Car on $800 a Month

  1. It’s interesting that the nomad / homeless types all seem to have a dog to care for. Living in your car sure beats living on the street, that’s for sure, but I have some questions for her.

    She said she has 4 siblings and some kids as well -YET- none of them can help her get job and back on her feet instead of choosing to use her car as a home and restroom? Or maybe she’s a difficult person to deal with and they all have given up on her. Or maybe she just doesn’t care and she thinks that this is going to be the best it’s gonna get for her.

    I could live that way if wanted to be a free bird or needed to get away from the world for some reason. Living in a VW bus would be great actually. But at some point in the odyssey would be praying to God and doing some introspective self evaluation. I would ask myself what am I good at and how can I start making some money and get back in the swing of things, Either self-employed or working for someone. That’s by thoughts on this lady.

  2. Wow. She looks like my mom. My hat is off to her for what she has accomplished to survive outside in a car, but at 64 and with significant health issues it is heartbreaking. And dare I say not sustainable. What if she gets sick, or injured?? Where are her kids? I would not allow my health-compromised elderly mom to live out of doors. She needs to be safe and clean and comfortable. I hope she is focusing some effort on finding a subsidized senior apartment, and other help for seniors. Praying for her.

  3. WAKE UP! There are tens of thousands living like this in the U.S., and more daily. Prices are going up every month. A tiny apartment can cost $1,600/mo. Food is going up. Gas is going up. Insurance is rising. And many seniors get less than $1,000/mo Social Security (1.3% raise for 2021!). This is America, folks!

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