The Shantytowns of America: Inside the Shacks, Cars, Tents and Boxes that America’s Homeless Call Home

Posted: December 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Many homeless people work full time jobs.

Astute News

From Florida to Louisiana, one photographer has captured these captivating images of homeless people across the United States.

Mary Lou Uttermohlen’s ongoing documentary project, Structure Out of Chaos, shows how the homeless have organized their lives by building shantytowns.

Uttermohlen told Feature Shoot that the series began in 1993 when she moved to Miami.

Eddy and the New Guy, Miami, Florida, Julia Tuttle Causeway Bookville Paroled Sex Offender Camp: In Miami, laws were passed making it impossible for paroled sex offenders to move home with their families. Residents like Eddy (right) would sometimes help out the new arrivals (left). Eddy has a three room wooden shanty that includes a bathroom with a toilet Eddy and the New Guy, Miami, Florida, Julia Tuttle Causeway Bookville Paroled Sex Offender Camp: In Miami, laws were passed making it impossible for paroled sex offenders to move home with their families. Residents like Eddy (right) would sometimes help out the new arrivals (left). Eddy has a three room wooden shanty that includes a bathroom with a toilet

3bac296000000578-4069570-image-m-15_1482886385286 Steve’s place, New Orleans, Louisiana, Convention Center Camp: Steve has lived in a small hidden shack at this location for 10 years. The photo (right) is called ‘Life Inside the Bridge which shows inside a highway…

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  1. rexisb says:

    Many of the homeless are convicted sex offenders. The irony of insuring former sex offenders are denied housing and jobs often for the rest of their lives purportedly to ‘protect’ the rest of us is that the stress of permanent instability and social ostracism is the surest way to increase the odds that he will reoffend or commit other antisocial crimes. The majority of ‘sex offenders’ are family members of their victims (as opposed to career pedophiles). A monitoring device on such an offender is more that adequate to protect the rest of the public.

    • Too true, Rexis. While sexual abuse can have totally disastrous effects on children, the reality, as you point out, is that most of it occurs in family settings and this aspect of pedophilia is rarely addressed. In addition, to wearing monitors offenders can also take testosterone lowering injections and this also seems to drastically reduce the risk of re-offending. Thanks for commenting.

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