Have you ever wondered how would it feel to be homeless? Living life on the streets with only the clothes on your back and if you’re lucky, access to a shelter?  No? Me neither, but Seattle native Mike Momany is hoping that people will shell out $2,000 to find out.

Yes folks, you’ve read that correctly. Sub-Urban Adventures is a new company that specializes in poverty tourism.  For $2,000 you can get a  3 day, 2 night “reality tour” to live as a homeless man in Seattle. Yes, a homeless man, because women aren’t allowed in the homeless shelter Momany is using.

Here’s a bit from Momany’s “about” section of his site:

Howdy, my name is Mike. I am a 44 year resident of Seattle. As Seattle grew and became more expensive I wondered how homeless people survived as costs rose. I also began practicing a form of minimalism.

I took 2 months in the summer of 2013 to find out for myself. I intermittently lived on the streets and learned about all the great resources provided by our city. I also met many interesting people and experienced a minimalist lifestyle like none I’d ever experienced before. You Can Live on $600 a month in Seattle!

I learned that homelessness is nothing to fear; albeit nothing to aspire to either. In 3 days I will give you a crash tour of the homeless life style. You will gain a new respect for the folks that are forced into this existence.

You will see the seedy side of Seattle in a new light and have an experience that you will never forget. Embrace the Adventure!

Adventure? I’m pretty sure the people utilizing the homeless shelters in Seattle would never call it an adventure.

Here’s how your 3 day “adventure” in homelessness pans out:

Day 1: 

You get a homeless makeover and a homeless nickname. You will then socialize at one of the hip homeless hang out spots. After your homeless happy hour, you’ll head on over to a shelter, where you’ll undoubtedly take up space that could be occupied by a real homeless person.

Day 2:

As a homeless person your day starts early, so you have to leave the shelter by 7 am. You’ll do what homeless people do in the a.m., drink coffee. But as Momany states on his website, “You might have enough chutzpah to try your hand at panhandling or sleeping on a park bench on this leg. You’ll get a real perspective on how the public perceives the homeless”.  At this point, you may be a little hungry, so you’ll head to a place that gives out free food to homeless people, because using the resources for people who actually need them, is fun.  After you eat your free food, you’ll then head to the library, because homeless people spend their time there. Then it’s dinner time! Of course you’ll head to another location that actually benefits the real homeless people of Seattle. Instead of heading back to the shelter, Momany switches it up with a stay at a hotel. Maybe this is where the $2,000 comes into play.

Day 3:

By day three you’re probably tired of being homeless. Momany will take you to get coffee, as you wander the streets of Seattle at 3 a.m, because that’s what the homeless do.  Then you’ll do something odd, you’ll troll the non-homeless, “After a pleasant afternoon at the Seattle Center we’ll test the dress codes at some of the finer restaurants on Queen Anne,” Momany added.

So there you have it folks. Poverty tourism at its finest, for just $2,000 because Momany wants you to give you a “keener perspective on what it means to be homeless; a place all of us might not be to (sic) far from”.  Or maybe he wants to use the $2,000 to fund his other project, Cannabis ToursF*ck you, Momany.




  • JJ the Jet Plane

    …. What in the ENTIRE basket of F*&k is this individual thinking?! Disgustingly shameful, and outrageously tone-deaf. Appalled doesn’t quite cover how I feel….. What I find more shameful and outrageous is that there is a market for this, and people WILL sign up. Wow.

  • http://ladyngo.blogspot.com Lady Ngo

    Im still waiting for the day where poor/homesless people get to “play rich” for 3 days. When is that going to happen?

  • Nikkoli

    To hell with this asshole…

  • Cocochanel31

    White people are something else smh

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    You would have to be really detact from reality to want to do this.

  • vintage3000

    Next up for suburbab thrill seekers: The Black Like Me Adventure Tours. You are required to register as fully Caucasian so you can save your life when confronted by police in your ironic, temporary Black body while simply walking down the street. Oh the fun you will have!

    I can’t bring myself to go this ay-whole’s website–does he donate any of this money to charity at least?

  • https://www.facebook.com/occupyj Occupy Journey

    Where the fu** is the $ going? As someone out there, I would be offended if the $ went to anything other then helping the REAL homeless

  • Lala

    this pretty much sums it up……..

  • JS

    As someone who actually lives in Seattle, I am really appalled. We are pretty good here about being culturally and socially sensitive (even when someone offends its usually out of privileged ignorance rather than a hateful place). This is just awful! I’m not sure if it is still a problem but I remember reading that homeless shelters fill up pretty fast here and not everyone gets in. Not to mention its not at all a “safe” place. You maybe sheltered from the cold (and the rain because it rains alot!) but its definitely a sleep-with-one-eye-open kind of place. The people there don’t want to be there so it really takes a self-involved, privileged a$$ to think it would be okay to essentially mock them with this “tour”. Also I fail to see where this $2000 is being spent. You are using free resources paid by the tax-payers to do this.

    Urgh, but now that I think about it I remember seeing on facebook acquaintances having a “Hobo” themed party where everyone dressed homeless… failed to see the humor.

  • The RealKay

    What the HELL?!!! This smacks of so much elitist b.s. that I don’t know where to effin start!!! There are people who are really struggling and homeless and close to homelessness that fight tooth and nail to have a warm, safe place to stay. For them, this isn’t a game! It’s survival!! If you want to live in the outdoors and live off the land that’s called camping! Get a damn tent and go to Yellowstone park like any other normal person. If you want to know what it’s like to be homeless, volunteer at some shelters or actually talk to and help a homeless person. Get involved in your community. This isn’t like being homeless because at the end of it all you get to go home and return to your life. People dedicate their lives to the fight against poverty and this is beyond insulting!!!

  • http://gravatar.com/tychabrahe TychaBrahe

    This has all the class of Caminata Nocturna, where wealthy Mexicans pretend they are trying to cross illegally into the US.

  • MommieDearest


    This is like that white family in South Africa (featured on Clutch a few weeks ago) who lived in their MAID”S shanty town for a month to see what it was like.

    What the heck is WRONG with some people? The poor and homeless do NOT exist for your entertainment and exploration purposes. They are not science projects. I can’t even wrap my head around this foolishness.

  • https://www.facebook.com/TheSlowskis Rachel O’Neil

    You are an Awful person.

  • Chris

    As someone who lives in Seattle and has done quite a bit of struggling just to keep the ship afloat, and sees the homeless every day coming to and from work and the out and out contempt with which they are treated, I am sickened beyond words by this. Homelessness is no joke, nor is it a minimalist lifestyle. This man is scum and has no soul and is deeply misdirected-to say the very least. Pity you and anyone who would go on this “tour”. Karma.

  • billy

    in do think that in this example pretending to be homeless is bad but i have wondered what it would be like?

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