Homeless in America for AARP

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Ventura, California, July 23, 2010 - Tim 'Timbow' Bowman pushes his bike along the paths of the Ventura River bottom where he has been living in a tent since the early 1990's. In 1987 Bowman's 18-month-old daughter, Miranda Laurel, died from Lyme disease. His wife left him soon afterwards. A year later he fell through a plate glass window while working on a construction site, leaving him disabled and unable to work construction. He says the loss of his wife and daughter and his struggles with work sent him into a spiral. He eventually lost his home. He says he lives in the 300+ community along the river bottom because he "feels at home." Adding, "I feel loved down here. Up there is nothing but trouble." The two-mile stretch of river bottom from the Pacific to Stanley Road is home to about 300 homeless, who have carved tunnels and paths into the tall grass and bamboo. The camps are a controversy because the river is the water source for nearby farms - such as the vineyards in the distance - and is an estuary to thousands of migratory birds. Many feel the camps pollute the river and should me moved to a safer location. ..