For years, Jammie Nichols struggled with a drug habit that left the Florida mother reeling from blackouts, seizures, depression and poverty - and a decision to give one of her children up for adoption.
Then a friend told her about Tent City 3, a peer-run homeless encampment in the Seattle area with ties to social welfare programs. The police patrolled sporadically but left occupants largely alone, and volunteers often dropped off hot meals.
In June, Nichols bought a bus ticket and arrived in Seattle broke, and four months later, she had a steady boyfriend, had kicked her drug habit and had been elected to the camp's executive committee, she said.
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Contrast this with "our" Congress's insane plan to spend $1.6 billion to resettle illegal immigrants inside the US:
I would not be surprised if tent cities became a permanent part of our landscape. And that may be a good thing, since obviously peer-run communities do a better job of caring for their inhabitants than does "our" federal government.