This Woman Lived In A Tent, Car And Boat To Escape Insane San Francisco Rents

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Voice-Over | 0 comments

Here’s one way to deal with the insane housing costs in California’s Bay Area: ditch your home altogether.

That’s exactly what Kristin Hanes did for four months last year. The outdoorsy 35-year-old slept in a “cozy” Toyota Prius as well as in a tent in various campgrounds, all the while working full time at KGO, an AM radio station in San Francisco. Hanes wrote about being “intentionally homeless” in an essay published in online magazine The Bold Italic last week.

Hanes gave up her studio apartment in Mill Valley, a city north of San Francisco, in May 2015. She also gave up her $1,800 monthly rent. For the next few months, she spent about $400 a month on living expenses: $200 for a gym membership; $150 for a storage space for extra belongings; and about $50 for various camping costs.

Reducing her costs by more than 75 percent allowed her to save money and pay off thousands of dollars of debt, her main goal.  

In September, Hanes ended her “intentionally homeless” experiment and found a houseboat for rent with a roommate. She stayed there until spring, when she was laid off from her job. In May, she moved into her boyfriend’s 41-foot sailboat, which they are restoring. In the meantime, they do not have a working toilet and cook on a camping stove.

She currently spends a few hundred dollars a month on living expenses while working as a freelance voiceover artist and writer.

“Yes, I could have spent half my income on an apartment and lived a fancy life, but I would have always had debt, and possibly would have gone into more debt to do so, especially after being laid-off,” Hanes told The Huffington Post in an email.

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