The most important needs at the camp are not physical. People who are homeless need to know that their community is doing whatever it can to end homelessness. They need to know that they are not hated, or feared, or forgotten. They need to know that there are people out there who accept them as they are, wherever they are in their journey. They need to know that someone cares.
The second most important need is to make homelessness in the camp and in the wider community as humane as possible until homeless ends. To that end, the following are always in constant demand.
- A hot meal once a day – sign up to cook a meal for an encampment
- Disposable plates, cups and utensils, as there is no way to safely sanitize reusable items.
- Food items for the pantry, such as tuna fish, chili, canned or instant soups, coffee, sugar, canned food of any kind.
- Informal clothing, appropriate to the season
- Clothes presentable for work – both physical labor and office work
- Underwear in all sizes for men and women
- … more in Winter Needs below
- Tents (8’x10’ for singles, 10’x12’ for couples, 10’x15’ for families). Tents need to be replaced on a regular basis, as camping tents are not designed for continuous use in sun and rain.
- Heavy duty tarps (18’x24’, 20’x25’, 20’x30’), used to shield tents from rain/snow and make camping tents last longer.
- Good-quality pallets, used to raise tents off the ground to help keep the inside dry.
- 1/2” plywood, 4’x4’ and 4’x8’, placed on top of the pallets and under tents to create solid floor.
- Carport (Shelterlogic 23573), used to create sheltered public areas in the camp.
- Gorilla tape (extra heavy duty duct tape), used to patch tents and tarps
- Cots, air mattresses
- Blankets, sleeping bags
- Hand sanitizer
- Personal hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors
- Toilet paper
- Laundry detergent
Move Day Supplies
- Nails, 2½
- Nylon zip ties, 8” and 11”
- Nylon rope, twisted or braided, ¼”
- Epoxy glue
- 33 gallon, extra heavy trash bags
- Duct tape
- Gorilla tape
- Disinfectant spray
- Warm, waterproof jackets
- Wool socks (wool holds in heat even when wet)
- “Hotties” (hand and foot warmers)
- Warm clothes for layering, such as pants and sweaters, especially in larger sizes (2X and 3X)
- Closed shoes and boots, all sizes
- Long underwear, all sizes
- Wool hats
- Gloves, especially heavy work gloves to keep hands warm when moving the camp
- Summer clothes
In addition to ongoing needs outlined here encampments may have immediate needs that you can help fulfill.