Homeless Couple Lives In Oakland Tent Community

Homeless Couple Lives In Oakland Tent Community

– [Interviewer] Kimberly and Bee, you’re homeless here in Oakland. Tell me about it. – It’s rough but we’re, we’re making it. We’re making it. – He wants to know the
story of how we got here. – Okay, that’s you. (laughing) – Well, from the beginning? – [Interviewer] Well, whatever you want. This is your story, raw
and unedited, you know. – Well, we’re married. Been married 15 years this year. Well, I don’t know where to start. It’s so long, it’s really. – Well, your dad passed.
– Let’s start, yeah. My father passed away in 2015. I took care of him. Well, we did ’cause he fell. And so we were his home care people. We lived around the corner from him. We were paying rent and everything. A year later he died. He had cancer and didn’t
tell us and he passed away. So, we moved into his house. Right up the street here, matter-of-fact. And it was my uncle’s house. My uncle owned that house,
but my father lived in it. And a year after we, two weeks after we moved
into my father’s house, my uncle passed away. So, there was nobody that
he left that house to. So my cousin, their first cousin– – Well let me get, let
me get to the main point. Since the, since the rent
and stuff is going up out here in Oakland, the
house was sold, and– – We had no idea it was so high. – And yeah. – No idea. – The rent, the rent was
gonna go up to like $2,500. And we don’t have that kind of money to– – Yup. – Pay for rent or and even to move in, we don’t
have that kind of money. – Well it was, it had been that long since we had paid any rent. – So since we couldn’t
pay that kind of rent, we just set up living in our truck. – Oh yeah, oh yeah. – And then into a little small tent. – Yeah, in the backyard of my dad’s house. – So now, we staying down here on 77th. – With the Rangers (laughing).
– Yeah. – We’ve been here for…
January 4, 2018 we moved here. Before we moved here,
we were in a vacant lot, behind the Church’s Chicken
on 73rd and Bancroft. We stayed there for like, seven months, like seven months, and then we moved from there to here. And this is, it is what it is. We’re ready to go. Resources are starting to come to us. – [Interviewer] Trying to get out of here. – Yeah.
– Oh yeah. – We need help, most definitely. – Main thing we do is, we cut lawns. And we got quite a bit of– – Clientele.
– Clientele. – Yeah. But things happen, like our
vehicle that we was using. – It’s broke. – It broke down so now we’re on bikes. – Oh yeah, you should
get a picture of those. – Bikes. – We travel all over
Oakland on those bicycles with the trailers connected, with lawnmowers and weed eaters
and all our yard work tools. – We go from here from Oakland to Hayward, riding on our bikes. You know, tryna, tryna make it, so. – We’re senior citizens too. So, we feeling it. Every bit of it. – [Interviewer] Even though
this is a sanctioned tent community which gives you porta-potties– – Yes. – [Interviewer] It’s still homeless. – It’s still, it’s still–
– We’re still outside. – It’s still homeless. – [Interviewer] No privacy. – Yeah.
– Pretty much. – [Interviewer] Because
your door’s kind of like, a filing cabinet, or locker, or closet– – It was a storage cabinet.
– It’s a storage cabinet. – [Interviewer] Yeah, and I didn’t know. Earlier I thought you’s away, because that’s how you figured out how to give yourself some kind
of security or privacy. – Yeah. – [Interviewer] But,
anybody could still walk in. – Yeah.
– Oh for sure. – Once we gone, you don’t know if somebody’s gonna come
in and take what they want. Because basically everything that we had, that we had in the house, – Is in here.
– Is in here. – We have a generator so we have our TV and our lights and stuff. But you never know once
you come back to the house if you’re gonna have anything. – The door’d be wide open, ’cause they not gonna close it back. – [Interviewer] Well, I
met Kimberly the first time when I was here I think a week ago, and you’re doing your
dishes with the lawn hose. – Oh yeah, I was doing that.
– Yeah. – [Interviewer] People don’t
realize the basic things we take for granted like
doing your dishes in the sink. You’ve got a little wagon, and you’re doing your
dishes in a lawn hose– – In a bucket. – [Interviewer] that knows
where that water’s from. – Yeah.
– Right. – We like camping, but we’ve been camping
a little bit too long. – Right, it’s not fun any more. – [Interviewer] Yeah, I
was telling Jerry, I think, “Homelessness ruined my homelessness.” I used to love camping. But since homeless I don’t camp at all. – No. – I haven’t been camping– I’ve been camping since I was a teenager with my family in Oroville,
and they still go. This is the first year
that they’re not going. But I’m 54 now. I was like 13, going
to Oroville every year. It’s not fun. It wasn’t fun in the
beginning, but it was new. It was something that
I’ve never been outside. Not like this, every day. – [Interviewer] You made the best of it. – Yeah.
– Calling it my home. – Yeah. We’re making the best of it. – It’s an adjustment. – Doing the kind of work
we’re doing, I’m doing, I come up with a lot of stuff, and basically everybody down here call me, I’m Mr. Wilson. (laughter) Go to Mr. Wilson. He got this, he got that.
– Or go the to the mansion. – Yeah. – ‘Cause that’s what ours is called. – We started off with a
little tiny, tiny tent. – And, voila. – And just kind of like the biggest– – Space other than theirs. – Yeah.
– [Interviewer] Yeah. – So, but it’s still not… (laughing) Where we want to be at.
– Right. – This is… – [Interviewer] Temporary. – Yeah, it’s past temporary.
– It’s temporary. – [Interviewer] What would
you want normal people, or house people, or the public, to know about homelessness
that they don’t know. – It’s dirty, it’s nasty, it’s… It gets scary at times. – Yeah. – You don’t know if you one thing you don’t know half the
time if you gonna wake up. – Yeah. – We’ve been, you know what, we’ve been truly, truly blessed that nobody has tried to invade our space. Especially while we’re here. Just not caring. They just want to come in, and take advantage. But we’ve been down here, I think we’ve been down here… They have a certain
amount of respect for us. I don’t know, they think
we the oldest, I think. Or maybe we act more like caregivers. – [Interviewer] Yeah. – You know, the mom-and-pop
of the community. But, let me tell people– – You see a lot of stuff. You see a lot of stuff that
go on out here, and it– – Yeah. – And you sit there and wonder, – Why?
– Why? Why. – Why? I mean it’s enough
that we’re out here. – And then you go somewhere else, and you see people that they
have three, four, or five cars. But they can’t pay the rent, or either they can pay the rent, they can’t pay their lights. – It’s a choice you have to make now. – And they there with the their kids, because you know we can’t pay rent. And you’re sittin’ there wondering, “What the heck is going on in here?” – They got good jobs.
– Is Oakland the only place– That went up on–
– No, no. – As far as I can see from this area, to well all of Oakland actually, and then into… it gets cheaper as it goes south. The rent goes down a little further. But right here where we want to live, even people that have the empty houses, that own property, that have empty space, I would like people to know that do have property, that
are living in their home that they’ve always lived in
or whatever the situation is, is that we came from a home. – [Interviewer] Yeah. – Okay, we did live inside. We haven’t lived like this all our lives. This is something that we’ve talked about. Just seeing, before we ended up outside, we’d be driving downtown, or in any area and we see the tents and stuff, and we actually joked about, “Maybe we should just get a tent. You know, we could save our
money and stay outside.” – [Interviewer] And now you’re here. – We’re here, but there is no money to be saved because this is survival. Any money we make you spend it, because we gotta buy stuff every day. That’s what I want people
with a house to know. We have to buy food every day. we have to buy gas every day. we have propane, not everyday. But all these things cost. Then we have a vehicle.
– Had a vehicle. – We have to buy gas for that. – It’s broke.
– Yeah. – [Interviewer] It’s hard to save money when you’re homeless. People don’t understand that.
– That’s right. – There is no money to be saved. – [Interviewer] Poverty is expensive. – There is no money to be saved. – Man. – [Interviewer] Poverty’s expensive. – It’s real expensive. – It costs more to stay outside, than it does to have a house. Because, once the rent is paid, once the bills are paid,
your change is your change. We don’t have any change. – And then you try to help other people with the little bit did you have– – We all try to help each other. – You try to help other people. You know, you need this or
they come ask you for it. And if you have it– – You think twice about giving it. – You want to say no–
– [Interviewer] Right, right. – But then you end up giving it to them. – [Interviewer] Yeah. – Then you gotta chase
’em around to get it back. – Yeah, but then knowing already, – They feel like you gave it to them. we already know, you already know that you’re not going to get it back. – Because y’all work everyday. – [Interviewer] Yeah. – Y’all doing something every day. Every day, every day. – [Interviewer] Well
you guys are hustling. You’re gonna be out of here soon. – We are not hustling. – Yeah, we hustle, we hustle. – I think we surviving. – Yeah, but we hustle every day we– Every day, we gotta… – [Interviewer] You’re surviving and you’re out there you know doing what you have to do to get out of here. – Our backs hurt, our legs hurt, our shoulders hurt. If we can have a place to live, we can cut down on some of this hustle. We’re gonna do it anyway, because we’ve always done it. But it doesn’t have to be like this. – [Interviewer] If you had three wishes, what would they be? – A house, or apartment,
a studio, a basement. Second? – No more homelessness, for no one. – That’s a house, an
apartment, a basement– any space–
– No one, no one. – Any space, that’s the first. What’s our second wish? – Yeah. – Our second wish is to
get our health together. We’re starting to feel
some aches and pains from, we just getting older. – [Interviewer] I’m there with you. – Getting older and I see
people older than us outside. – [Interviewer] Yeah. And I wonder how are they doing it. How are they really doing it? Because we pretty much
have the comforts of home. They’re a little slanted, and stuff, but it’s ours, – [Interviewer] Yeah. – The third wish, we need a vehicle. – No,– – Our third wish is… that is a wish. – I just don’t mind
first, second, and third. For everybody to get off the street. – [Interviewer] Okay. – That’s a good one. – All good wishes. – Yeah. – [Interviewer] Well thank you
very much for talking to me. – It’s okay.
You’re welcome. (uplifting music)

Comments (100)

  1. 1 dollar from every viewer equal 88 thousand…they could buy an tiny house from Amazon problem solved…

  2. Wow, what a great looking couple and they are seniors. God bless…As I get older I see how hard it is to grow old. I look through the eyes of my mother. I wonder if this couple has a go fund me?? They are too awesome to be out on the streets. Truth in America. How about send this story to Trump… I don't think the current administration would care…

  3. A beautiful and selfLESS last wish.

  4. 54 is not a senior citizen!

  5. The richest country in the world

  6. Somebody give those people a job

  7. Just to say that you've been married for 15 years homeless or not God is going to work it all out just keep holding on🙏💜💜


  9. It's a man's duty to make sure his family has a house and a home. The lady doesn't deserve this.

  10. Leave Oakland and come to Georgia the cost of living is lower and the landscaping business is booming

  11. Oh GOSH🚙🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣


  13. End homelessness and hunger and make American stronger that’s what are tax money should be used for!

  14. Damn I used to always see them all around Oakland 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽😢

  15. Come to cleveland and, pray to GOD to deliver you and save you.
    God bless,

  16. Thanks for sharing your story! Lord please bless them. Double increase! 10x over . In the mighty name of Jesus!

  17. I can totally understand everything that you're talkin about I'm not homeless I still have a roof over my head but I live without water and electricity due to the bill being too high for me to pay a certain criteria I haven't met in order to get help but when you have to live day today when you have to buy fuel to eat fuel in order to cook batteries for lamps and flashlights now that is hot ice everyday cuz there is no Refrigeration stresses you but I try to take my situation in stride and just for them and so many countless others we may be down but we're not out and there's nothing but up from here God bless those two and whoever else that's in the struggle from my situation and from my heart love and peace to all

  18. I was born and raised in Oakland and said to see the plight of the city and many of its residents. I currently live in Thailand after moving here fro Los Angeles. A 3rd world country like Thailand and many more have far less homeless and despair.

  19. Their strong people

  20. God is gonna eliminate homeless Ness at his due time

  21. This is just not acceptable, Look what this country has become, this is so sad, this just goes to show how much our government really cares about it’s people. There should not be any homelessness in America at all. It’s just not right, at all. Anyone of us can end up homeless. I will pray for them and Pray that God will Bless them with a home and a vehicle, I pray this in Jesus name Amen.

  22. God bless yall…✌❤

  23. Nice looking couple. I pray they find the help they need. HELP AMERICAN'S FRIST. All kinds of ppl coming here for help and our own ppl living on the streets. This is sad

  24. Donating now. This pissed me off although I know the reality of living on this land. No one is exempt. I abhor ppl who judge homeless ppl as trash or superior than. This land is a lie built off our ANCESTORS BACKS AND THE FIRST HUMANS WHO NEED TO BE LIVING HIGH OFF THE HOG ON THIS BLOOD SOAKED LAND IS AMERICAN DECENDANT OF SLAVES. 😐 NO MORE TALK!

  25. This is going on everywhere. Even educate working people of all races both young and old are homeless today because of greed.The rental rates are to high. People can not find and afford a place to live.

    It is truly sad. I was homeless for almost three years..

  26. Beautiful couple!!!! God will make away, because they want something in life. Traveling on bikes my God that is dedication . There not lazy…And they have each other… imagine going through the tough time by yourself….they took there vows serious. He could have easily left her or she could have but they sticking it out together. I’m inspired by them both. I myself been through the storm with two kids by myself through Gods direction. I love ❤️ the Wilson… good looking couple…where in the suburbs of Chicago.

  27. She is a certified soldier. She said she helps him pull trailers on bicycles. 👳🙏🙌🔯⛪

  28. He is a certified soldier too.

  29. Come to Minnesota! They will help you.

  30. God bless them! They are a wonderful couple, hope ppl close to them can help! Anybody could pls set up a Gofund me for them,God bless them!

  31. The same thing happen right now in Atlanta ga its so many families that are homless i feel bad i was homless for five yrs with my kids its hurt alot when u don't know what you're next move with be is horrible i cried every single night every single day but always stay prayers up no matter what because i knew this not going to last at all if u don't know what homless is please don't even judge cause this can be you any given moment .

  32. Beautiful naturally regal

  33. Get on a bus and start elsewhere, this couple does not have any mental health issues preventing them from making a decisive decision, its possible🙏🏽🙏🏽

  34. Lord please bless this couple with a place and a different living

  35. God Bless help us working poor beautiful black people

  36. This is heart breaking that they didn't save money while they were not paying rent. Unfortunately, I see this time after time with people who don't save for the days to come.

  37. Does California have low income housing? This is senseless!

  38. I think they're gentrifying Oakland.

  39. Try to move up north just an idea .

  40. #StruggleLove #BlackKangz 😂😂 there is nothing beautiful about this cautionary tale. She married a bum so this is the consequence of her decision. I have zero sympathy for them.

  41. What kills me is you get into these people's business and don't offer no assistance

  42. They sounded like Jamaican

  43. Wow! I would definitely like the donate something!! God BLESSINGS will come..

  44. Thank the democrat's Trump wants to help demos stop him……

  45. Beautiful people may God make away for them amen

  46. My The Most High Bless Yall

  47. No judgment here only questions. I faced hard times & homelessness years ago so thankful I didn’t have to be outside but had to go to a shelter. I’m 52 and disabled currently.

    I wonder if they can apply for HUD- senior/ disabled apartments? Move in process is quick. Just pay 30% of income. She could clean houses or do home healthcare and he could work at a factory. They can apply through a temp service. There’s programs that would provide bus passes. The couple could use employment to flip houses in a few years. Just my opinion. Praying for better for them.

  48. being homeless is no joke!

  49. Gob bless you both. I pray that you will be protected and comforted during these hard times. You both seem like two beautiful people. My prayers are with you.

  50. Oakland rent so high…People were so desperate for affordable housing that the Ghost Ship fire happened in 2016.

  51. They need to relocate to a cheaper area with affordable rent. I lived in Pa/NJ and I had to move south where it was affordable!!! California is expensive…..I don't know how ppl can make it out there!!! I hope things work out for them!!! They seem to be good people…..not druggies or criminals.

  52. Lord plz help these 2 beautiful ppl.

  53. Sometimes you have to move to get ahead! We left California in order to be able to survive! Now we own a farm by Gods grace! In a town w no homeless. We friended so many homeless gave an address, phone and washed their clothes also we provided showers in order for many to receive benefits, like retirement, social security and the younger ones jobs! Also meals which they gladly helped w the cost. Within a year the fourteen we helped from one camp all had their monies and places to live. In return we gained life time friendship ♥️♥️♥️

  54. Praying for your safety and praying this too shall pass real soon.affordable housing should be given to all that's eligible. God pass you both.

  55. Unbelievable…….

  56. What did he do for them after the video

  57. The homeless population is not reported truly. The population in the Bay Area..Untold.. Americans who worked all their lives paid taxes. But it seams that people forget and want to say homeless people are crazy..UNTRUE, UNTURE, UNTRUE… We help and protest in the streets for undocumented people. But for Americans by NO fault of their own is on the street with NO shelter, running water, food, bathrooms. AMERICA WAKE UP PLEASE😭😭😭

  58. They bet hope i dont go broke im gonna be hideing in somebody bushes 😂 i wish i had a man like hers thats a real man that can hold it down baby you might be homeless atleast you have a real man that stand by your side thats all you need and jesus he soon coming to help you and him

  59. Blessed blessed blessed love y’all

  60. Y’all why did the cousin sale the house? The cousin made themselves executive over the uncle estate?

  61. Why , is she with him because you can do bad all by your self , someone should have a job . The local stores or something even at a Walmart is hiring .

  62. This is sad. I pray brother can get off that substance and this sista has the strength & resources do do what she needs to do.

  63. You tell me they both dont get SSI?? In California?? BS crap.I do not believe this.No way.They get SSI.They get food stamps.They get medical.They get medicare maybe.Alcohol.Cigarettes.Crack.Motels when check comes.GET REAL.A$K.Do u get SSI EBT Medical.ASK them point blank.Please.REAL.quit this con sympathy.mis leading B.S. On the 1st they are at the ATM.Guaranteed 100%.


  65. This broke my heart especially because their seniors and at this age they should be resting in their home and not on the streets. Abba father make a way for these two lovely people. Provide them with housing & Propsper there business and open even more doors of opportunity for them financially. Thank you dad for this answered prayer. In Yahusha Mighty Name. Amen.



  68. This is so sad. Here in the UK they would be housed without a doubt because of their age. People here moan and complain about being housed in hotels for free. You would never see this in a England. It’s so annoying that people complain about things others would love to have 😔

  69. Blessed you both in Jesus name a program housing is in your hands for both a 🏡 is in your name right now amen

  70. I bet it sure can be rough. One positive thing is the weather out there. I know it can get chilly, but at least it’s not snowing. Wish y’all the very best, all seem thing good hearted people.

  71. She is so cute. So glad they have each other. Praying for them and all the homeless.

  72. Will there be an update soon? Is their vehicle fixed? The goal was met.

  73. Hope they get back on there feet sad story stay strong

  74. Bless this strong, resilient couple.

  75. Omg bless these people and all the other homeless people 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  76. They letting this homeless thing build up make it the normal.
    Some people don't even notice these camps and don't release disease is on the rise.

  77. Secrifies some for example ciggarete , alkohol , avoid drug , trifty , buy less clothing so that you can keep up with laundry expenriture , once you are out of that you can have you can focus on housing , try off grid house if cant affort base on calculation of future morgage potential debts , than you can have better foods everyday and retirement stop thinking to solve propblem start moving to stop problems.

  78. They should leave CA , it’s way overpriced to live there.

  79. God bless my favorite town and I just love old school Oakland residents bless all Hallelujah

  80. Keep the fight up folks….things will turn around once you stay focused…its har put keep the decipline

  81. It's all "funny" until your ten kids matter.

  82. God bless you three. I love you all.

  83. God bless them they deserve better

  84. Hi Guys, do you have an update on your situation? I'm so hoping that you both have a home.

  85. Go to Copart Auction online to get a vehicle

  86. Oh how I Love this couple!!! Knoxville TN is overflowing with homeless people, but if this couple were anywhere close to me, I'd enjoy going to visit them. I bet I could show up with a pizza & sodas & sit for a couple hours listening to their fascinating story. 💕 May God bless them for many years to come

  87. Go to the union resuce mission today

  88. Why don't you go to the union rescue to the mission La skid row

  89. beautiful couple..wish them all the best.

  90. God bless this beautiful couple

  91. They have eachother and that's a blessing. She has very hard working hands. You can tell she works a lot with her hands. They don't seem to be on drugs and are very caring down to earth people. I want to know why their family won't help them? Why can't someone let them stay with them until they get things situated? Family isn't what they used to be. Your sisters, brothers, cousins would offer you a place to stay and look out for you. I don't know if they have any children or not but I'm really curious to know why won't anybody…somebody on either side of their family help them?? Everyone needs help with something at one point in their life. Its hard out here. Trying to survive is hard. I'm praying for them. I really pray that God blesses them. Its such a shame that they have to go through this. I also wonder why they left where they were to live in her father's house..I just have so many questions idk. Many Blessings to them 💙💛💚

  92. Always save for the rainy day people anything could happen… job lost, illness,etc……

  93. Saving money: It is actually the opposite from what they are saying. You can save money, because the rent alone is a big amount of money that you wouldn't have to pay. Than there is car insurance, gas and wear and tear. When my vehicle was gone, that's when I was able to start saving money.

    Than there is food. Food can be very expensive. But if you are eating shelter food, than you can really cut your cost. This is no longer an option for me as a Targeted Individual as every that I eat is tampered with. And these homeless services are infiltrated easily. But the infiltration also includes supermarkets or anyone that sells food. But at least I'm able to document these crimes as seen on videos under my name. The GMOs and Nano Technology in consumables are big problems in the United States food system.

  94. Why dont have house for small rent in America

  95. this is like the fourth one of these i've watched where one of their wishes is "no more homelessness for anyone." It's amazing how much compassion these people have for others even in such a circumstance. it kills me. I wish them the best.

  96. I need their information

  97. Not sure if people are aware but there is a link in the description for donations to help this kind, hardworking couple purchase a commercial work vehicle.

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