When I created the Free Will Society to aid stalking victims, one of the lofty goals was to eventually build some form of Safe Haven community for them. That dream now seems on the threshold of coming to pass. The result is Free Will Haven. iWhere can a targeted individual get help? Free Will Haven; Targeting Free Intentional Community for Stalking Victims by H. Michael Sweeney proparanoid.wordpress.com proparanoidpress.com proparanoid.net copyright © 2017, all rights reserved. Permission to repost hereby granted provided entire post with all links in tact, including this notice and byline, are included. Please comment any such repost to original posting. What is Free Will Haven?
Free Will Haven?
MAJOR UPDATE/REWRITE: Aug. 2017. It’s been three years now since we formed the Free Will Society with the intention to establish a low-cost, self-sustaining, targeting-free intentional community (Free Will Haven) for stalking victims who can’t get a fair shake at life in populated areas. A lot has transpired, some of it really good, some of it bad, and now, it looks like we are ready to ramp things up a bit. So I thought this page should be rewritten, and perhaps, be simplified. Very little of the original post remains, or remains unchanged, and I have added rather a lot about the Beta site which was established and our plans for an even better location. Over 2,500 victim days targeting free! Compare that to over 12,000 stalking victims I’ve had contact with over some 25 years where almost every victim says they can’t get even a few days respite, if not for the stalking, then the fear of it.
Intentional Community? Beta site has been undertaken
Wikipedia’s definition for Intentional Communities is a full paragraph long. Simplified, it is a community planned from the start to cater to specific persons of like (interests, beliefs, goals, needs, etc.), typically favoring alternative lifestyles which foster those goals. You can learn more about such communities at sites like tedxblackrockcity.com (informative video), ic.org (a kind of ‘superstore’ of centralized info on topic), dba Fellowship for Intentional Communities (Facebook page). The Free Will Society is now a Member organization of the FIC, which gives us access to a mountain of informational resources and other aid not previously enjoyed. Much of this is now available and useful to FWS Members as result.
In Free Will Haven’s case, our goals are ecological and consumptive sustainability (not to be confused with the New World Order’s use of ‘sustanability’ when pushing Codex Alimentarius, Agenda 21, GMO foods, Genetic Engineering, Global Warming, Carbon Tax/Credits/Currency, etc.); survivability (in this case, against all forms of surveillance, stalking or targeting of individuals in any manner), and financial and spiritual wellbeing (the unchecked pursuit of happiness through exercise of God’s gift of Free Will). Defensive survivability lays at the heart of the plan, and is based on the many books and online consultancy I have made available as a privacy/security expert to targeted persons for more than 25 years as The Professional Paranoid, the title of my first book.
Low cost is addressed primarily by focusing on portable tiny homes, or RV vehicles for short-to-long-term housing, and communal style co-op sharing of centralized services and site-produced foods and resources. Cottage industry will be encouraged to augment personal incomes, and/or like projects for the collective. It is the goal to allow one to live a decent and enjoyable life-style for less than $500 a month, total outlay (I’m managing on $400), that figure based on purchasing of food and supplies from outside sources. Once self sufficient, costs would decrease accordingly.
I think of FWH as a bit more flexible than a community. I see it as also acting as a short-term hospice for those seeking temporary shelter and healing from their ordeal, and in some cases, a school of defensive arts, and even self-replicating factory. Residents can stay as long as they like. Once fully rested and obtaining stability in their lives through being targeting free for a sufficient period, they might wish to return to society, perhaps under a new identity (we can help with that), or, perhaps, having learned what it takes to establish and operate such a community… go out and create another one, somewhere else. We would like to see several of them nation-wide, and even internationally.What makes Free Will Haven an intentional community?
Tiny homes and RV life style?
A tiny home generally references any small living space intended to be extremely practical and economical, though minimalist in nature. As a rule, this commonly means either a starter home for a young couple or single individual, or a retirement home for someone without a family, as a tiny home cannot have many rooms dedicated for family functions and individual compartmentalization.
The original tiny home movement included exotic efforts with costs of $1M or more not uncommon; ultra modern, hi-tech, and with prestige designer labels attached. The grass roots version, on the other hand, has gone wild finding ways to do as well with less, with costs ranging from well under $10K to perhaps an average of about $40K for the higher end; about what one might put down on a conventional home mortgage. This has resulted in an almost unlimited array of possible home design types and, as result, flexibility in meeting individual needs and tastes, like these as found at pinterest.
You can have tree houses, container homes (check these out), domed homes, spray cement (free-form shape) and similar homes (check this video out, and this), underground homes, and more, including homes that simply look like a normal home but scaled down… some of which are on wheels. That brings us to the fact that a motor home, RV vehicle, trailer, or even a manufactured home also qualifies. All of these are on the drawing board/table at Free Will Haven.
The ones we favor most are the ones you can order pre built and delivered to the site (look at these, and you can even get an ‘Ikea’ home complete with furnishings), or the ones you simply buy plans or kits for and then build yourself (like these). Or, they can be ad-hoc, and built from whatever you can cheaply get your hands on. Google any of these home types for endless solutions to choose from, and when it comes time to actually consider residency options, we will work with you to fine tune or better the ideas you favor.
I have established a special page chock-full of information about the ins and outs, pros and cons of the almost endless options available in choosing an RV type or style of Tiny Home. It also addresses the lifestyle, itself. RV solutions provide a quick and dirty ‘home’, completely self-contained with everything needed including their own backup generators. Tiny homes tend to be minus some aspects, such as bathrooms, but can include them; its up to the individual. They can end up being more roomy and comfortable than an RV, and seem more ‘homey.’
The Free Will Haven concept encourages use of an RV upon arrival, and the construction/installation of a tiny home (many of which can be portable and towed like a trailer). If electing a tiny home, any RV in hand can then be sold or rented to someone who does not have one, sold for long term, rented for short term. The same can be said for the Tiny Homes should a resident choose to relocate and not take the home with them. There is no reason anyone should feel that becoming a resident has no exit options. Quite the contrary. It increases options.
Beta site effort proves viability
The original Beta effort has resulted in the purchase and operation of a rather off-grid beta site by one of our founding members using their own money. It operated for about two years serving two TIs using most of the basic plan established by the Free Will Society. For whatever reason, the owner/operator of the site elected to abandon reliance upon and participation with FWS, though we had provided money to help pay for installation of electrical power to the site. There are clues it involved personal matters as well as relationship issues.
While there is some mystery as to why a refusal to engage in dialog, it is clear the Beta site was successful in terms of the key-most goals; survivability targeting-free. We are grateful for their effort. The Beta site failed only because of eviction for contract violations of some sort, presumably through miscalculation by the owner/operator in absence of help from the FWS. Due diligence is always upon the purchaser, who was at a disadvantage in many ways in terms of ability to do so. It is a regrettable outcome.
Meanwhile, I myself have been living as a homeless person in a motor home. I have essentially established a semi Beta site of my own where I was the only resident, also in a deeply rural environment. Between my experience and the actual beta site, there has been a total of more than 2500 targeting-free days. It has been a joy for me, and the Beta site operator has come forward publicly to express positive views towards the experience and an intention to attempt yet another effort. In that effort, the operator has affiliated with a new core group with a troubled past with respect to credibility and honesty, and we wish them all better luck.
The concept is proven. 2500 stalking free days!
Now it is time to move forward more earnestly, and do it right, this time.What is a tiny home like in Free Will Haven?
The future: location and logistics?
The original beta site (image) was less roughly 1 acre in size, and rather a long, narrow unimproved property at a high altitude in a colder part of Oregon with a dry clime (annual high of less than 60 degrees). It had no water but was near to a river with drinkable water and fish, and she had a water filtration system. It would support a well at shallow drill depth. It had no power but as it fronted a main highway for the area, it did not cost much to install power. It would support raising crops, and was established with an Airstream trailer (very nice) and several other towable items, and self-assembled Quonset-like structures for storage and greenhouse function. It is not known if a second RV was brought in for the second resident; the Airstream is thought to sleep up to four persons in two different accommodations. Still, it is not a terrible site, actually fairly decent given it was purchased sight unseen and based on a limited budget.
This site was not chosen with the help from or according to the ideal guidelines established by Free Will Haven. Since the purchase was made with the operator’s money and in consideration of their small income, that exercise of control was perhaps expected. The basic-most needs were considered to the extent possible. But While there was some good visual separation between the site and neighbor structures by trees, it was not as private as FWS would prefer. There are two neighbors within about 600 feet of the property (less than a city block). The nearness of a main highway, though also buffered with a lot of trees, is also not a perfect situation. I do like the fact that the rear of area (not shown) is backed with a high bluff which is uninhabitable, and provides security.
We can and should do better. Recently, my Publisher bought some property at auction and invited me to live there rent free. While it turned out not to be possible due to dense forestation requiring expensive work just to get onto the property with a motor home, the method of acquisition was unrealized in previous review of potential sites. Things are looking up.
Compare the the Beta site to this 20 Acre property which represents the ultimate site for meeting goals established for Free Will Haven. The road is a gravel road established for timber harvest and is seldom used by anyone but hunters — residents could hunt on the property if desired! It dead ends at the property, which is a flatland at the top of a hill, and continues into the property as shown for easy access.
It has multiple developable locations and area for growing crops without the need to fell trees. There is NO ONE for miles in any direction. These are the kinds of features preferred in the actual site. Depending on many factors, a really good site could be as small as perhaps 5 acres and still prove satisfactory. Geographic features such a hill can negate concerns about privacy as relate to adjacent properties. There are many such opportunities; cliff faces or steep terrain, rivers, national forests, etc., can all be allies.
This particular location is very inexpensive to purchase despite the larger acreage, simply because there is zero access to commercial power at any cost. That lets it out of consideration, as neither solar nor wind power enjoys economy of scale in the levels required to support a comfortable life style for a given individual, much less a collective. It would take approximately $9,000 per living space for solar, for instance — without a battery system to cover nighttime use (another $4,000). Figures are based on the same power level as the generator output in a typical Motor Home. If one had a few hundred thousand to tie up into an off-grid house, that would be a small bit of the budget. But that’s not your typical stalking victim. I’ll mention here that the weather is much nicer at this location, too, withs highs in the 80s.
The all important factor in any land acquisition, of course, is cost, including what it will take to occupy it successfully. As it happens, there are properties which fit these kinds of requirements which are available at a price I can afford. Sort of. The trick is finding them where the owner will finance with ‘ez credit terms,’ which, fortunately, is not unheard of. I have to be able to handle the monthly payment out of my pitiful social security payments, and have a low enough down payment that I still have money to pay for bringing in power and a water storage system, and a few other items such as a storage shed, and a freezer (a Motor Home typically holds about four days worth of frozen foods).
Alternately… should the Society obtain a large donation or one of our members win the lottery (I buy tickets), I’ve found marvelous properties in Missouri which offer as much as 160 acres fully developed as a farm or ranch capable of producing an income suitable to cover mortgage… for less money than it would cost to buy a house in most big cities. Many of these have rivers, lakes, or ponds and wooded areas full of all manner of wildlife, such as Wild Turkey, Geese, Ducks, Deer, Boar. This allows hunting and fishing right on the property, many of which have hunter’s cabins or blinds in place. But I’m not waiting for $300-500K donations.
I’m scouring land listings for something I can buy NOW. And, I will be starting a new gofundme for anyone willing to help, and/or wishing to participate, perhaps, as resident.
Participation: Membership and Residency
Anyone and everyone is requested to join the Free Will Society, stalking target or no, to support the Free Will Haven project (and other projects planned in the future). Annual membership is $25, currently payable by PayPal to proparanoidgroup at gmail com, adding comment to that effect in the message it requests in the process. Membership gives one access to more detailed information, including the history thus far of the project in detail, and an opportunity to participate in and contribute to the ongoing dialog and direction of the effort. It also gains access to dozens of resource materials from our membership in the Fellowship for Intentional Communities.
One must be a Member to apply for residency. There is a separate $25 fee to cover the application process, which is required to insure that all residents will be able to benefit without social incompatibilities. It is unfortunately true that there exist people who claim to be stalking victims who are not, for instance. While one can join and apply simultaneously, I advise against. Membership will provide access to a flood of information and direct contact with other members, and could conceivably end up changing a person’s mind about residency. One should be fully informed before deciding.
The application process further educates the applicant toward decisions about if, when, and how to undertake the actual move. It analyzes the applicant’s ability to actually undertake the venture with a reasonable expectation of happy success, fully informing them of what to expect in the way of possible downfall, all based on their precise personal situation. A checklist of things to consider and steps to be taken is reviewed in great detail, critical in determining the true cost of ‘move in.’ Once approved, they need not act immediately, and can work through the checklist at their own pace, as may be dictated by anything from costs to family affairs in need of tending.