Beginning on July 4th, 2007, dozens of homeless people gathered in Duncan Plaza, across the street from New Orleans City Hall. A protest as well as a call for attention and assistance, the encampment was important because of its very visible location in a city still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. As the numbers grew into the fall, the camp was eventually disbanded just before christmas 2007. But with the recession of 2008, tent cities began to spring up around the country, showing that New Orleans was merely a harbinger of things to come. Using the examples of New Orleans and Seattle, this short film shows how homeless people use the tent city as a form of shelter, but also as a political statement.