Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes
Burgeoning homeless camps stymie Oakland leaders
“Some of these encampments were not there three months ago,” said City Councilman Noel Gallo, who blames rising rents for pushing working-class families out onto the streets. He said the number of camps in his Fruitvale district has tripled in the past six months.
Increasingly, the tent cities are brushing up against Oakland’s gentrifying neighborhoods.
THE HOMELESS PROBLEM
A camp beneath a bridge at the estuary had to move to make way for an earthquake retrofit; its inhabitants are now scattered near a bike trail that runs along the waterfront. A camp that sprang up this year beneath an Interstate 580 overpass in West Oakland abuts what’s now a well-kept residential block of Magnolia Street.
The problem has been on the increase over the past few years where I live too. Sometimes hidden, but increasingly not. Near Doheny Beach in Dana Point many homeless live along the San Juan Creek riverbed and beneath the less seen freeway overpasses. In the shadow of the Big A along the Santa Ana River there’s a growing tent city too.
usccb.org/bible/readings/091816.cfm < This Sunday’s Catholic Liturgy emphasizes helping the poor and needy
Responsorial Psalm PS 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8
He raises up the lowly from the dust;
from the dunghill he lifts up the poor
to seat them with princes,
with the princes of his own people.
R. Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor.
Praying for a better economy and a chance for all these people to be able to afford a decent place to live soon.
But of course it isn’t just Portland that is experiencing this. The following list of major tent cities that have become so well-known and established that they have been given names comes from Wikipedia…
Camp Hope, Las Cruces, New Mexico 
Camp Quixote, Olympia, Washington State
Camp Take Notice, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dignity Village, Portland, Oregon
Opportunity Village, Eugene, Oregon
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Tent City, Phoenix, Arizona
New Jack City and Little Tijuana, Fresno, California
Nickelsville, located in Seattle
Right 2 Dream Too, Portland, Oregon
River Haven, Ventura County, California
Safe Ground, Sacramento, California
The Jungle, San Jose, California
Temporary Homeless Service Area (THSA), Ontario, California
Tent City (100+ residents) of Lakewood, New Jersey
Tent City, Avenue A and 13th Street, Lubbock, Texas
Tent City, New Jersey forest
Tent City, Bernalillo County, New Mexico
Tent City, banks of the American River, Sacramento, California
Tent City 3, Seattle
Tent City, Chicago, Illinois 
Tent City 4, eastern King County outside of Seattle
The Point, where the Gunnison River and Colorado River meet
The Village of Hope and Community of Hope, Fresno, California
Transition Park, Camden, New Jersey
Tent City, Fayette County, Tennessee, 
Camp Unity Eastside, Woodinville, WA 
China Hat Road, Bend, Oregon
Most of the time, those that establish tent cities do not want to be discovered because local authorities have a nasty habit of shutting them down and forcing homeless people out of the area.