Seattle Homeless Woman Lives in a Tent After Her Mother Died

Seattle Homeless Woman Lives in a Tent After Her Mother Died

– [Interviewer] Theresa. – Yes. – [Interviewer] We are
in a tent community, Nickelsville in Seattle, tell me about it. – That’s AKA my home. So, my family lives here. Actually, they’ve accepted
me into their life about a year ago. Nickelsville, truly I can say is my home. I grew up in west Seattle, so they happen to be in
west Seattle at this time, so it’s kind of nice that
the two kind of coordinate. I came here a year ago. My mother had passed away in 2010 and was in and out of shelters, and I’m very grateful to
have those experiences, you know, to those shelters
that are available to the women that need them, but I never got to grieve. Never been homeless before, and just losing my mother was difficult, let alone to be on the streets. So when I came here, it was
like a breath of fresh air. I don’t know if the family here says that, but (laughs) it was a
breath of fresh air for me. I got an opportunity to grieve, and um, I would never trade these
people for anything, no matter what. Again, we’ve gotten some bad press lately. Yeah, we have our share of problems. My family had their share of problems too when I was growing up. – [Interviewer] You know
what I say, you know, when people say that I say, you know, if you had a bus full of
nuns, they’d probably, and then somebody said
“well, look at Congress.” – Exactly. – [Interviewer] You know, so, homeless community, obviously
is gonna have an issue just as any community. – I mean, I worked for a
Fortune 500 company, UPS, and of course they did all their logistics on how to run this office
and the timely manner of it, and we run a pretty well-oiled ship here, I would like to say, given
the even flow of people coming in and out, it is ever-changing. So it does make it a little difficult to adhere to certain rules. But we have great leadership right now, we always have, actually. Unfortunately because
of our rules, though, we’ve had to let go of a few people, some of them my friends, hey out there. Some of them were on our green belt and we miss them terribly, but
they didn’t follow the rules and unfortunately, are out there trying to survive on their own. It’s not that easy, it’s not
that easy in here sometimes, but we are, I think we’re
spoiled here actually. I can actually say that,
I grew up a spoiled child, and we don’t want for
anything here, do we? I don’t think we do. (chuckles) – [Interviewer] Yeah but
it’s still not an apartment. I mean, you’re out here in the rain today. It’s damp, it’s yucky, you
don’t have running water, you don’t have toilets, you know, I mean. – Boo hoo. I’m alive. – [Interviewer] To me, I’m an old hippie, so I love Nickelsville. However, it’s really a slap
in the face of homeless services because every one
of you should have been in some kind of a housing
situation that’s not a tent. – I agree, I mean, I’ve
often joked around how if we could just get that
20% flat tax out of everybody in this United States of America, we probably wouldn’t have
a deficit, first of all. And with the legalization of marijuana, just to touch on that for a
quick second, is a good idea. I think that could provide a lot of jobs that are out there. Our government, god love
them, doesn’t want us to have all that, though. Who’s controlling who? They say that we vote for them, but I don’t know that. You know, how do I know
my vote actually counted? – [Interviewer] So Nickelsville has been in this place for a while. – It has, we’ve been here
for two years on this site. – [Interviewer] Some
of the buildings here, when I was here two years
ago there wasn’t buildings. You guys are making them better. Goats and all kinds of stuff,
and now you gotta move. – Well, yeah. Ironically too, were the
properties being bought by a company called Food Lifeline. What they do is they help
feed homeless people. You know, low income people. The irony of it all. One of my questions was,
couldn’t we just stay here and work for our rent? I never did hear a response to that. But I guess they’re too
busy fighting with the state and the city over the property,
so I wish them the best. They deserve a place. – [Interviewer] So where you gonna go? You gotta pick up all
this, you got gardens, you got goats. – If I had a choice, I have a cat, I mean, I’m worried about my cat, you know. I’m not gonna go nowhere
where, first of all, my family can’t be together. Okay, I’m not having that. The animals, that’s like my child. I’ll take a baseball bat to
you if you go after them. We want to be safe, we’d
like to have electricity, we’d like to have running water. We’d like to have the basic needs. – [Interviewer] You
need your own property. – We would love that. We might have to have
a little help, though. I’m looking at some church backing, possibly for two potential sites where they would lease the property, even different synagogues,
churches, whatever you call them. On both of them neither encampment
would go past 100 people. We’ve discussed how to handle that. We want to be safe and
we want to be together, and if that means we stay
here until we have that and get what we want, we have rights too. I think in some cases, as
someone who’s worked most of her life, we probably have
more rights than most people. We’ve earned them. – [Interviewer] If you had three
wishes, what would they be? – My first wish would be
for us all to be together and be safe. And that would be my only wish. I don’t need the other two. That would be it. Oh, I guess I would have a second one, to make everyone feel the
way that I do about that. You know, that would be it. – [Interviewer] Well thank you
very much for talking to me. – You’re welcome, thanks for listening. (chuckles)

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  1. I really think that's what we need to do more together and that is build more intentional communitites,people pulling resources and living together in their won built communities.Being rehoused in substandard housing or where people may feel cut off from local community and feel lonely even though they maybe housed.Community building is what we need to do.

  2. Decent woman held back by a smallness of vision as indicated by PNW rootedness. Nicer than most who've been out there.

  3. Me and my brother are in the same situation.our mother died in octobor then lost my truck a few weeks later which we used to make all our money so after we lost the truck we lost our income now we sleep in a tent which is technically illegal

  4. Just can not relate… what has gone wrong that you end up like this… Think if everyone throught like this… help us all…

  5. Yeah, well maybe if we were not paying TRILLIONS for a 20 year war that goes no where we could afford to take proper care of our own citizens without socialism.

  6. You should do updates on all of these beautiful people you come across! I'm sure we'd love to see how they are doing now.

  7. So sorry you are homeless and so sorry for the loss of your Mom I don’t know what I would do without my Mom. I have until February 20th 2019 until my $15.99 a month Renews

  8. Life is not easy theres alot of shit you go through mostly with the opposite sex thats why i go it alone fuck all that drama and trust issues i go it alone things are so much easier to do life!!!

  9. If I'm right she relied on her mums pension? If so, the outcome was foreseeable. Waiting and hoping that all stays as it is, is not a solution.

  10. Theresa.. Hope You are doing well! You are an articulate, passionate human who communicates the true need of the homeless!

  11. Social services  (welfare) house grown men  able to but who are to lazy to work here in Summersid  P.E.I Canada  ..Living in fully heated , full electricity , money for food, free medications with no effort in getting them work. They just sit on their fat ass all day in their office writing cheques,,, And  this lady is homeless, WHAT  COUNTRY DOES SHE LIVE IN?

  12. It's unbelievable that Americans are homeless in the wealthiest in the world. Our citizens are not creating wealth for themselves. You got learn to do the things millionaires do

  13. we need more respectable shelters for the living human beings for heavens sakes. Food, clothing, blankets, towels, shoes. and medical treatments as an American citizens for heavens sake. Make America great again !!!. Americans taking care of American for heavens sake. God bless you all.

  14. Seattle's great, my nephew and a sister live there, unfortunately there are a lot of homeless people, I'm about to become one but in another state

  15. Would ne nice to get them home and homeless and mental ill bill to have homes nation tax office could tax are lean agiastcouldnt high school training classes build homes and shop to fix cars i pray you get wish when we get to heaven are citys of gold come down

  16. In the interview she appears to be somewhat okay. Iv got a feeling if you got on her wrong side,which probably wouldn't take much,she would be violent. Iv seen this with people of her caliber..she has some deep issues. Jeckle,and hide

  17. What a very dignified lady, it’s madness that people should be in a situation like that, so very sad.
    These videos are extremely powerful and very emotional. My 3 wishes would be…The government take immediate action to put a stop to homelessness, 2….To build villages for homeless to settle into….3….To make it a priority to employ people to help get them on their feet. This should not be happening.

  18. "Boo hoo, im alive" you see her get annoyed as she said that? Thats dignity. Something self entitement and selfishness has erased in most people of today.

  19. All she wants is land, shelter, safety, electric. Give her your money and she'll decide how to spend it. How about no. You earn your keep then decide what to do with your possessions.

  20. Bunch of lazy, irresponsible junkies destroying Seattle. They know how to emotionally blackmail the city, why should they work when they get shit for free.

  21. Not all the homeless people are drug users. People in her age have hard time to find a job. Perhaps, she had savings. But, her mother died in 2010. She became homeless after 2 years. How do people know? Perhaps, she quit her job to take care of her mom to stay close to her. After her mom died, she had hard time to get a job. I had the feeling she was very attached to her mom and she wasn't regret to be with her until the last days of her life. Taking care of an elderly is not easy. It doesn't only require financial stability. But, mental and physical needs. About her relatives, everyone has their own problems. They might not be able to keep her with them. Perhaps, she doesn't want to bother others. I don't have too much contact with my relatives, too.

  22. Call me stupid, uninformed, naive, and or ignorant but I want to live in a world where everyone have enough and all people are treated fairly and with love and respect for no reason but that we’re all human and that life is not about money and power it’s about the right to be human and enjoy our very short lives here on Earth. No matter how rich or powerful we all die we all pretty much the same. Why does one person want more than the other? Why do we have to become successful to be happy? We can’t take money to the grave. We don’t even know what lies after death. None of us.

  23. Theresa is such a beautiful woman inside and out. Sometimes the more sensitive and intelligent individuals are hurt the most. There but for the grace of god and family go i. As she said the passing of a very loving mother hit her very hard…i can see her as a very sweet sensitive loving child. I wish her the best.💝

  24. There is far more to this life than playing it safe,protecting my physical body,there exists the spirit which wants nothing to do with the humans ideas of success and safety issues and comforting, all has to go sooner or later, sticking the head in a few garbage bins, is spiritualy climbing, instead of building all these morselliums around us and hoping were ok, which is just another idea, as so is human society , does truth agree , not at all, the spirit is naturally free in nature,your ideas of prison, is your prison, let something higher than human guide your way,the soul wants to grow and move freely for this is its true nature, unlike the possessive unatural shallow intellect, which claims everything, and possess absolutely nothing of true value and worth.

  25. it's just shitty when you blame your mother's death for your homelessness. blame yourself for nothing saving up for old age, that's it. you had all the time in the world, in the best country in the world to save up and guess what? then you want to legalize marijuana? are you kidding me?! we are trying to cut people off of cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs and you want marijuana legalized so people could have jobs? you know that marijuana is more costly than cigarettes and people go nuts as shit in the ER when they don't run out of marijuana. like fucking nauseous and vomiting and begging for continuous injections of narcotics. you want the basic needs?! then you fucking work for it! you are not my child, and I'm not willing to give you the 30% tax I pay to the government, shame on you! you are your own responsibility.

  26. Hello all you bigshot Americans. Look at this perfect normal beautifull Woman how is this Possible that in your Amazing Good Country a Woman like this is on the street. Maybe your Country isn't that Great at all ??? There are thousands off these people in the USA and the whole World is watching this.

  27. Some people never get to experience this true human emotional connection of just sharing that you care , means everything for someone down in their luck …

  28. @5:35 The guy who interrupted the video scared the shit out of her. And I don't mean startled, I mean put the fear of god in her, like they have history and she's utterly terrified of him.

  29. I will take a baseball bat to you if you touch my dog. Please, tell me more about your ideas for a better world. LOL

  30. I can't believe how long this has been happening to people and yet we never see anything about it on TV network news. Since I was unaware of it until I got stranded in Boston last July, I'm thinking there must be millions of other people out there who are simply unaware of it and would help change local laws if they only knew…

  31. Yeah look at congress and those idiots are wealthy and they are more crooked than a barrel of fish hooks.

  32. Wish her and her beloved ones…all the best!! More sun, running water, food, and a HOME!!! Besides…she has a beautifull smile. Still hoping for a house where she can smiles in.
    Think we are very blessed in the Netherlands with a bit better social system and more protection. (Still there are homeless people, but not so manny) the system in the USA is very harsch.
    I am very sick and can' t work, still i can live in a house and have food. I hate it (sorry for the bad word) when people complains about not having a car or monney for holiday. Be greatfull for your house and food. Don' t spoile things. Otherwise watch these video' s… .

  33. "everyone of you should have been in some kind of housing that's not a tent" What about those that don't want to work, that would trade a more comfortable life which requires work, for a lazier life?

  34. The homeless community has now increased almost 17% more than 12 months ago, while the economy is booming! So what is wrong here?
    Don't depend upon Government to fix this problem because everything that the government gets involved in turns out a huge failure.
    Non-profits are NOT the answer either because they are corrupt to the bone! These communities of homeless need to elect a spokes person to go to churches
    to get the churches involved with helping to get some decent housing to help these homeless people transcend into a sustainable life. Stop believing the idea that ALL homeless persons are dug addicts and alcoholics, its NOT TRUE!

  35. A sad reflection on how far we haven't progressed as a civilization……we can't even look after our women FFS. Very sad indeed.

  36. It isn't a lack of housing. A HUGE amount of housing , HUD (anyone see illegals leaving gov't housing?), hotels and motels are being used by illegals at taxpayers' expense.

  37. Nickles village was named after the mayor of Seattle, but they don't help seniors. You are spoiled in Seattle WA compared to alot of States

  38. According to Joy Reid of MSNBC we don't count we don't vote. That's how out of touch the media and politicians are

  39. "We dont work for nothin here hahahaha" ya just charge people 20 percent so i can keep doin nothin and get free stuff freeloadin cun

  40. shameful people live like this; many times its just life throwing a series of curves; sometimes is psych or physical issues/illness; sometimes its personal choices (drugs, alcohol, toxic relationships, etc). But always a common denominator is a democrat run city/state. This was filmed in 2013…and its just gotten worse.

  41. And some people are ok with moving illegals in America and giving them free housing, food and medical but it's like who cares about the actual homeless American's who need the help

  42. She is straight up trash. She actually said her 2nd wish would be for everyone to think like her. No thanks you dumb fuckin bum ass bitch. And when I see your cat I'm going to stomp it into mush in front of you. Let's see you pull out that bat, lol, you are not tough and you wont do a damn thing. Hitler wanted everyone to think like him as well. Fucking liberal loony is what you are and it's no surprise. Most children raised by liberal parents will end up this way, educated in useless shit and broke.

  43. Looks so much like Julia Robert's! I pray Jesus would totally heal your heart and bless all of you!love from a south African teacher that has a heart for of love for honeless people

  44. One thing I have noticed after watching a number of such videos by this blogger, is that so many of these unhoused people are very knowledgeable, they voice their concerns in a clear and articulate manner. I hope they get a break that they seek.

  45. First they suggest a 20% flat tax, then before you know it they'll ask for 30%, then a monthly stipend. Oh, I forgot they already get that.


  47. "god doesnt want" god doesnt fucking exist stupid bitch we are god as soon as we realise there is no such thing as someone who is answering our prayers as soon it will get real

  48. "we have more rights then most people… we'e earned them." ummmm…. like the rest of us don't also work/struggle. what the hell was that?

  49. Drugs brought her here, don’t put the blame on something else. We have all lost people in our lives, some people make bad choices in life. Your body language screams addict.

  50. She is right that voting does not seem to change things even if our vote is counted. It is unacceptable to me that any of my fellow human beings are homeless. This modern world is so backwards.

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