A Home For Sam

a home for sam

by Forrest Musselman

We’re building a tiny home
…for Sam, a man whose home was destroyed in front of the world – because of political pressure.

Sam lived in his home in the woods for years. Because of political pressure, his “tent” home was destroyed.

A video of Sam watching his home being destroyed went viral – and has been seen by nearly a million people. A year later, Sam is still homeless.

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Tank - June 13, 2015 Reply

I dunno what the reasons were surrounding this situation, but what I do know is that I felt that mans sadness as he watched his home be torn down & it truly hurt me. Hence I have donated to help this man get a new home & on my birthday at that! Good luck Sam you have some good people behind you bud.

Lisa E. - June 13, 2015 Reply

What I find most objectionable about this is that whomever was responsible for tearing down Sam’s tent house made no provisions to replace his living situation with something else. This is just blatant cruelty and I find it offensive that there are people in power who are so cold and callous to intentionally put someone out of their home without anywhere else to go. Such people need to be removed from power and office.

    Lisa E. - June 13, 2015 Reply

    PS I just made a donation. This is a very worthy cause.

    D. Lowery - June 13, 2015 Reply

    I currently live in Colorado Springs (El Paso County) and would love to be able to purchase some rural farm land 20-30 miles outside of town to put a prefab cabin (less than 600 sq feet) on. Due to the outrageous zoning laws and fees (even in rural areas of many counties of this state and thousands of dollars)…I am unable to use land I would purchase in the middle of nowhere the way I would like, This being the case…I am seriously looking at permanently leaving Colorado and moving to another state (like Texas/Wyoming/Montana) where I can afford to have my own place…no matter the size of the structure. Sam…I feel for you!

    Whatever happened to this country where the poor would love to have a home…but because they are priced out of the equation…those in charge and with the money would rather see people homeless and dying?

      Janet - June 15, 2015 Reply

      I have some land in eastern Arkansas for sale —- it’s 4 acres and we are selling because we need the money for a legal problem. Please contact me if interested. Property is 5 blocks to Mississippi River, selling for 8 K. Janet @ blue90camry@yahoo.com

    LCS - June 13, 2015 Reply

    Liberals have a real tendency to saw off the lower rungs of any ladder they find, regardless of the number of people they see hanging off those bottom rungs. They do it with minimum wage – this doesn’t raise wages, it just eliminates jobs that pay less – as well as with housing. This dates back to the Great Depression, when FDR and succeeding Democrats swore to eliminate “Hoovervilles” that were springing up as people became homeless. They were a HUGE embarrassment to the “party of the poor.” 75 years later, they haven’t learned a thing. The Hoovervilles let people nail together scrap plywood and at least get shelter from the elements. Did they have indoor plumbing? No. Did they have central heat? No. But at least they wouldn’t die of exposure outside, which is the preferred method of poor people execution every winter in New York City and Chicago. So we don’t have Hoovervilles, now we have tent cities, but we’ll treat them the same. We will bury the evidence of people whose lives have been destroyed by the destruction of the economy that supported them – except for the people themselves who, like this fellow, are now safely invisible and won’t be showing up in the liberal media to give the lie to their idiotic socialist policies. As Margaret Thatcher once said, “The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of everybody else’s money” and then, yes, we DO have “income equality” – everyone gets nothing. Except people who know people in government. If you know the Clintons you’ll never starve. You should never be able to sleep at night, nor look at yourself in the mirror, but you won’t starve. Go start up a new Solyndra and the money will come…

    Michael Wofsey - June 15, 2015 Reply

    The town paid for his housing for a year afterward and paid for his relocation, but the people in that town don’t want a permanent homeless shelter.

    This is very typical of small towns, they typically don’t want (and sometimes can’t afford) social services for homeless people. Yes, we would all prefer that people like Sam are left alone, but we don’t live there, we don’t pay property taxes there, our children don’t wander around there on the way home from school.

    And regardless what LCS wrote here, it’s usually the bigger cities (that are more typically politically “liberal” that have extensive (and expensive) homeless shelters and social services.

    Here’s the real tragedy with Sam … it’s not that his house was destroyed, because the reality was that he built his house on land that didn’t belong to him. The tragedy with Sam is that there is no system in place in this country for people like him (and the rest of us) to purchase small lots at affordable prices onto which we can build modest homes and live. Sure, services like sewage and water and fire protection are expensive, and somebody needs to pay for them, but we can use composting toilets and rain-collection and careful fire prevention.

    The reason people like Sam exist is because our economy is partly built on half million dollar mortgages and homes. If we move to a system where people like him can afford to live comfortably on little money, then we move to a system where anyone can do it, and the demand for half million dollar mortgages suffers. The tiny home community is one of the greatest blows for human rights in general, because it gradually creates a simpler economy for people like Sam. And it doesn’t matter if we have relatively expensive $30k tiny homes with $20k lots, the reality is that in doing that, we then create an alternate housing marketplace that exists largely without long-term debt.

    And that is revolutionary. As long as we hold onto our humanity, our ideals will eventually reach all the other “Sams” who aren’t lucky enough to be known around the country due to social media.

Janet - June 13, 2015 Reply

If the 1% want us all to be dispossessed and homeless, then they need to get used to this type of dwelling. I am glad he is getting a tiny home. I live in an older single wide trailer, and will probably give it away or sell it at a very low price once I get my small home built. Meantime, I am fixing it up a bit. We all need to be cognizant that others need a place to live, too.

Kirsten L - June 13, 2015 Reply

I really don’t understand why we can’t just let people live they way they want to live – he wasn’t harming anyone, and then to top it all off, as Lisa said, they just kick him out and destroy his home without further thought of where he is going to live! Makes me so sick and disgusted!

Marie - June 13, 2015 Reply

Talk about BAD journalism – where is the rest of this story??? “Political reasons” what the hell does that mean????

2BarA - June 13, 2015 Reply

Tearing down his home was a gross violation of Sam’s rights. Governments are so quick to condemn things and act to show their power, but leave the problem to be solved by volunteers. Good thing there are a few kind-hearted people in this world.

Stephanee - June 13, 2015 Reply

I am pretty sure I felt my heart break along with Sam’s. What is wrong with people? Who is making these decisions? This is not how you treat your fellow man that is not hurting anyone. So very sad….

Joe - June 15, 2015 Reply

What these guys are doing to help Sam is commendable. Their choice of “Make it Rain” is not in alignment with their cause. I don’t think they know the origins of the phrase, which is more about showering your business/self with money. They should probably look for a more appropriate name.

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