EDAR Housing For Homeless

December 16, 2008

EDAR is a mobile housing / travel unit for the homeless. To support, go to <www.edar.org>




  1. lynndarwinharris on December 20, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    A great idea. I hope it becomes available everywhere!

  2. soyuneik on December 19, 2008 at 2:03 am

    In the U.S., The state provides job placement services and training. If things were that easy for them, they wouldn’t be homeless in the first place. Individuals with disorders are disabled and if they’ve worked and obtained enough credits they can apply for disability. But there are cracks in the system and not everyone has the luxury of having family or someone to help them get on their feet. Many of them are addicts as well. When you have no home, no security, etc… A job isn’t the top priority. I think Edgar is a promising step to help them. I loath the people that mock and belittle them like their existence is eyesore. When you see someone living in hell, show some compassion.

  3. D3lta on December 18, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Although I’m all for helping those less fortunate than us, I don’t agree that EDAR’s should be distributed outside of shelters. I believe instead of simply giving someone a mobile bed, use the cost of that unit for something significant, like job placement or work training.

    The idea isn’t to simply make the homeless comfortable temporarily, but to give people who are homeless long term options to fix their situation. Many people who are homeless have mental disorders or are veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. So yeah, I’m all for fixing the problem, not bandaiding it.

  4. erippe on December 17, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Hello.Very interesting. A homeless in also in creasing in Japan. Though it’s the some country, why the differential intense??
    Sorry my? poor English;)And the RTR is amazing!!:)

  5. nillp on December 17, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    it’s always sad to see people that are less fortunate than us..

    what a wonderful project..! thank you for sharing.. (‘:

    really great that you posted it at christmas’ time.. this way we can ‘provide’ a better x-mas for some people..!

    and dude, i guess you can’t do nothing about it, but i think you can ‘alert’ someone or something like this.. i joined FMM in july and i didn’t recieve my package yet.. >_<‘

    i’ve already created 5 ‘tickets’ and didn’t have any answer.. hope you can help me or something..!

    talking about it, FMM seems to be dead.. and it’s pretty sad. :/

    thanks in advance! (:

    take care; see ya. mk’nil :*

  6. Shinizzle3 on December 17, 2008 at 10:50 am

    reminds me of this song which we sang in french today “les restos du coeur”
    i think it’s a very good song..the whole thing..it shows that we can help the poor with the little things we do without “changing the whole world”
    i don’t know wether you speak french or not but i like this part of the song so much

    “Aujourd’hui, on n’a plus le droit
    Ni d’avoir faim, ni d’avoir froid
    Dépassé le chacun pour soi
    Quand je pense à toi, je pense à moi.
    Je ne te promets pas le grand soir
    Mais juste à manger et à boire
    Un peu de pain et de chaleur
    Dans les restos, les Restos du Coeur
    Aujourd’hui, on n’a plus le droit
    ni d’avoir faim, ni d’avoir froid”

  7. zahra on December 17, 2008 at 10:05 am

    ”okay lets do somthing ” was my first thought …….thanx 4 the infoooo….and o wow mike ur sooo good!..takecare…bye

  8. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on December 17, 2008 at 7:36 am

    omg its so sad.. EDAR is a great idea… byee-

  9. LMikeShinodaP on December 17, 2008 at 6:26 am

    It’s a great fight to help homeless ! Thank you…

  10. liope on December 17, 2008 at 6:01 am

    Oh my god!! That is so sad! 😦 Los Angeles is a State with so big renitency! From the one side you see all those homeless people asking for a corner to sleep and from the other you see all those Hollywood stars making everything so that they will get some attention!!!

    EDAR is a brilliant idea!! ^_^

  11. Mark86 on December 17, 2008 at 3:39 am

    Everything helps.
    “How can I help the homeless?”: youtube.com/watch?v=cb0y-Xuvm5E
    And check some homeless stories on the YouTube channel of Union Rescue Mission: youtube.com/unionrescuemission

  12. Shinodabestfriend on December 17, 2008 at 2:47 am

    proud of who invented it…

  13. Wello on December 16, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    It seems like a good idea until you reach the end and see the guy smoking (probably drugs) and talking about how great it is that it can hold all of his stuff and his other buddy comes by and says “yeah, get me one of those too!”.

    This is not the solution. At all. If they aren’t going to accept help from the government (and want to live the way they’re living) why should we give them shelter? It’s their decision not to accept help, save the EDAR for shelters that are running out of room and need extra space to keep families and single women and their children from dying of the cold. (In Nebraska- yes; In CA – you’re probably not going to die of cold)

  14. ThePrincess on December 16, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    I always can’t keep my tears everytime i seeing people who was not lucky like them.. its breaking my heart because necessarily they deserved to receive A better life like us..and I hoped there many people who cared about them like you !!!!.. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.. MIKE ! AND TO EDAR FOR THIS GREAT EDUCATIVE VIDEO.. so i can learn more grateful to the Gods for give me a BEAUTIFUL LIFE and of course learn to share….


  15. WTF on December 16, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    ShadowerLiltan- You make it sound like there’s no homeless people in CT. Uh… have you been to Hartford? Get out of the boonies in Eastern and go more western CT. Actually I’ve heard there’s some that hang around the casinos too. They use the bathrooms and find somewhere to sit just for the heat.

    Section 8 is a joke where I am. There’s long lists and they favor women with young children. If you’re homeless or poor, apparently the thing to do is get knocked up and then the gov will help you.

    Sucks. The way the economy is going more and more people are losing their homes. People think just because Obama won that somehow everything will change overnight and it’s not going to happen.

  16. tpbarbosa on December 16, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    When everyone sees it, they might imagine this is insignificant, I mean what’s the porpouse of give to someone a big thing to carry with them everywhere? But I’ve already visited a lot of homes with an institution to help poor people, and you can see into their eyes that they’re really glad that you’re helping them, we’ve just brought to them some food and talked to them, I mean more than something material they just need to be heard, to feel like someone cares about them, and even knowing it might seem little, to them, who never had nothing to call as home is a big thing. So I support it, one person will not save the world, but we all can do something to make it a better place.

  17. Gemeni2u on December 16, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    That is a fantastic idea! Were I live we only have one homeless shelter and it doesnt accommadate (or cant not) alot of homeless people because of its size. Its a wonderful place that trys very hard to help these people in my community. Im seriously goin to look into getting more info on EDAR.org and see if they know about this. Northern California gets really… cold in the winters too.Makes people be greatful no matter how bad you think your life is.. that you should be happy to have a roof and place eat every day you go home.
    Thanks Mike for all your unique and wonderful information you put on your web site.Nice to see how grounded and down to earth you are.

  18. ShadowerLiltani on December 16, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    It’s a nice idea. It has the best of intentions. But I’m not gonna sit here and shout “OMG that’s the best idea ever Mike!”, simply because it’s in your blog. Is this for California only? And, do they have Section 8 in California? I’m only familiar with my CT’s economy cause it’s such a bitch to live in CT. But honestly, if Section 8 is available in Cali, why isn’t the government going out and finding these people, especially that woman and her child, to get set up with a job and S8 and find a decent home. I know most landlords who accept S8 are slumlords, and that is why you pick off the slumlords and get responsible S8 tenants. ‘Kay thanks bye.

  19. PankakeMunky on December 16, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    i don’t even know if this is actually a good idea. i know where the people’s hearts are at with making edars, it’s almost giving off the message that,”it’s ok to live on the streets, just live on it in a dry way!” if they’re giving out edars to try to show the homeless that living in a cardboard box is bad, then i’m sure they can figure it out themselves. that’s the point of them living on the streets because some of them can’t afford to have homes or they just chose to live with newspapers wrapped around themselves and not have a roof over their heads. i think that these edars are giving off the message that homeless people have to have a protective roof in order to fit in with society

  20. franshinoda on December 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    it really is very unfortunate, but it’s pointless pretending that some people are concerned … if they do nothing about it? and the same happens with global warming, and Mike… I want to join this promotion ( http://linkinpark.warnerreprise.com/ ), but the request is also sent to other countries? I know that you will not answer, but I hope you read at least.

    go well

  21. BigBadOdalis on December 16, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    EDAR does seem like a good idea. I wasn’t too sure if this would work out, but I suppose it would, with enough support. It spreads the shelter in a somewhat private and comfortable manner, which is wonderful, and something a crowded homeless shelter couldn’t provide. How knows? EDAR can be an average homeless shelter for them in the future.

  22. analoggirl on December 16, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    The cynic in me immediately thought this was a band-aid solution, but I understand now that some individuals would rather preserve their autonomous lifestyle on the street than seek government shelter. Everyone deserves some compassion and for that, I applaud the maker of EDAR. The EDAR seems to restore both safety and dignity to individuals.

    I wish we’d invest more resources into addressing the root causes of poverty. Perhaps our best weapon is education.

  23. cuz on December 16, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Good idea. Hope they could help to more people soon.

  24. lucky_cat on December 16, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    The most homeless people in the U.S. ? I wouldn’t have thought this, it’s really sad. Where there is much light, the shadow is deep … EDAR is a good thing. Fortunately it’s not so cold in LA. Every winter some homeless people die here in Berlin, when it’s freezing outside …

  25. 2T_LP on December 16, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    its not gr88 at all that there are that number of homeless people out there :(:( and it make me thank god 4 everything i have 🙂
    its gr88 what EDAR do!!

  26. JPkaukonen on December 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    yo mike,
    i wrote you a short answer: http://forums.linkinpark.com/showthread.php?t=10491

  27. Madlen on December 16, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    this could really make a difference…I guess it’s only for the us so far?It would be really…great if homeless people everywhere could get one of these

  28. rockermeg on December 16, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Ugh that’s so awful
    All those kids as well….feels bad
    Yeah I’ll help if I can
    We have a thing here called ‘The Salvation Army’ and right now they’re getting people to donate blankets and sleeping bags for homeless people that live around us; but there aren’t many and this EDAR thing looks much better….
    How did you find out about it Mike?
    Much love from RyuuAi Motel – “We sunk your battleships”

  29. JRock4589 on December 16, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Wow, when you see all of these facts in one video…this is absolutely, ridiculously saddening.

  30. miKer0cks on December 16, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    o.O That’s really sad 😦 Everywhere in the whole world there are homeless people and in some countries like mine (Greece) there are more cause the goverment can do nothing 😦 It’s really a pity to see all these people trying to make a living by selling stuff in the streets and asking other people to help them…You actually feel sorry for them! This EDAR housing for homeless seems a good idea 🙂 Luckily, there are a few people/organisations who care about others in this world and the enviroment too cause in the end WE are the ones that are destoying the wolrd we live in, and making it worse every single day 😦

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