It's A Nomad Mad World
In 2018, which feels like a lifetime ago and not just two years, it was reported that the number of Americans living in their vehicles was on the rise. Even though living in a vehicle is illegal in many states, that alone is not enough of a deterrent; drastic times call for drastic measures. A census in Seattle's King County, for instance, showed a 46 percent increase, year-over-year, in the number of people living in campers and vehicles. The rise was especially pertinent in cities with expensive housing markets, such as Los Angeles, Portland and San Francisco.
That was pre-pandemic. The unemployment rate in the States was 3.9 percent in December 2018, down from 4.1 percent the previous year. In April 2020, early in the pandemic, America’s unemployment rate was 14.7 percent.
After just six weeks of life in lockdown, Amy W was one of millions of Americans who lost their job. In her home state of Arizona, more than 470,000 citizens filed for unemployment in a six-week window ending in late April 2020. Amy and the State were hit hard by COVID-19. Since then, the mother of three and her two dogs have lived out of the family's 1998 station wagon.