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Thursday, October 3, 2013

For $2000, You Can Live Like a Homeless Person in Seattle for Three Days

Posted by on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Slog tipper Zac asks, "Is this really a thing?" It's a story on Jezebel by Katie J.M. Baker that begins like this:

Homelessness is badass, according to this guided three day "sub-urban adventure" tour of the "gritty underbelly" of Seattle, which can be yours for $2,000.

Here's the website. The "Personal, Guided 3 day - 2 night Real View Tour™" promises to set you up with a disguise, a fake name, and a fake history, and then guide you through the life of a homeless person in Seattle. Here's day one on the itinerary:

The first day we will start at the Public Market and visit some of its homeless gathering spots. We'll walk down to Pioneer Square, via the waterfront, and visit some favored homeless spots, including the Compass Center; a major resource under the viaduct. We'll wander over to the International District via the Courthouse on 3rd and James.

We'll have to check in at our shelter, in the International District, by 7pm so we'll pick up some fruits and vegetables on the way for dinner.

Is this for real? I requested an interview through the site; I'll let you know if I hear back.


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biffp 1
I hope all proceeds go to services for the homeless.
Posted by biffp on October 3, 2013 at 11:34 AM · Report this
Because it's not tacky, or morally obscene, to take beds in a shelter away from those who have no other roof to sleep under.
Posted by judybrowni on October 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM · Report this
Thank you for posting this Paul! I hope people catch wind of this and shut it down via public outrage. The FAQs don't say anything about donating to charity, so I'm going to assume they are pocketing that $2000 per person.
Posted by Eckstein on October 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 4

Given the $4000 a month rents for studios, homelessness is all $2000 would buy in downtown Seattle.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on October 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM · Report this
rob! 5
For a mere $500, you can spend 15 minutes in a Teahadist spider-hole, masturbating to news coverage of uninsured people dying of easily treated medical conditions.
Posted by rob! on October 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM · Report this
The operator of this site is a guy by the name of Mike Momany. He runs pot-centric vacation tours under a company name of Desertainment.
Posted by More Info on October 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 7
For just $50,000 you can experience the excitement of being HIV Positive! Just head to my place and I will inject you with the virus (there are TONS of releases you will sign agreeing to it) and you can know what it feels like to be HIV Positive. Don't wonder what it's like: BE what it's like!!

Tell me this is a joke
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on October 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM · Report this
My head just popped off.
Posted by Totalpukoid on October 3, 2013 at 1:30 PM · Report this
It's some fucktard out of LA:

Registrar URL:
Updated Date: 2013-09-23 12:55:17
Creation Date: 2013-09-23 12:55:17
Registrar Expiration Date: 2014-09-23 12:55:17
Registrar:, LLC
Registrant Name: Mike Momany
Registrant Organization: Desertainment, LLC
Registrant Street: PO Box 515381
Registrant Street: #76362
Registrant City: Los Angeles
Registrant State/Province: California
Registrant Postal Code: 90051
Registrant Country: United States
Admin Name: Mike Momany
Admin Organization: Desertainment, LLC
Admin Street: PO Box 515381
Admin Street: #76362
Admin City: Los Angeles
Admin State/Province: California
Admin Postal Code: 90051
Admin Country: United States
Admin Phone: 7029971877
Admin Fax:
Admin Email:
Posted by JimmyCap on October 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM · Report this
Ah, this is starting to make sense now:
Posted by JimmyCap on October 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM · Report this
I agree with @2. Unless a large amount of the money goes to homeless shelters to help compensate for imposing on them at the expense of the shelter and actual homeless people this is incredibly awful.

I offer my better $2000 experience about what it is like to be homeless and screwed over by entitled assholes. Wherein you will have to live on the street after other people got shelter spots and you didn't and you're actually on your own to figure out how the hell you're going to survive. Just send me a check, then go to Seattle with few possessions or money, don't check-in with any shelters, and try to survive. I actually will donate a portion of the funds to a charity that will help the homeless. And you get a more realistic experience of some of the worst life has to offer.
Posted by uncreative on October 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM · Report this
Yeah, you have to go follow-up with the '' whois info. This pretty much spells it out (assuming it's not some sort of art/joke thing):…

Maybe he's betting on the sucker-born-every-minute?
Posted by mutantgn0me on October 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM · Report this
He says that people can live homeless in Seattle for $600 a month yet he's charging $2000 for 3 days?
Posted by JimmyCap on October 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM · Report this
treefort 14
Great news, I just thought of a way to become homeless for free! Save 2k!

And yeah, slimeball taking shelter beds. Completely baffling.
Posted by treefort on October 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM · Report this
Oh my god, awesome. Now everyone can experience acquiring parasitic infestations at Downtown Emergency Shelter! Or even better, you can commit a petty crime and get cycled into the state mental health system! Watch out for the crazy unmedicated pregnant girl with saucer eyes and a sharpened pencil! Haldol is a downer, man. Good god almighty, a 2k donation to SHARE or any of the organizations doing work with the homeless would go a long way.
Posted by stilettov on October 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM · Report this
Punch a cop (Or anyone for that matter) in the face, in public, and you can live like a convict in the King County Jail for a spell. Three hots and a cot. Free!
Posted by Arturo Bandini on October 3, 2013 at 5:26 PM · Report this
I surely hope so too..
Posted by lascanostro on October 4, 2013 at 1:00 AM · Report this
I'm giving the same tour for just the price of a case of forties and a meal at Dick's.
Posted by NadgeTowne on October 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM · Report this

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