Urban Camping Pro - Guide

Urban Camping Pro is a long-term survival guide for Van Lifers and anyone who sleeps outside in the City.

The work is the basis for quantifying homelessness and the pandemic response using Computer Science and Physics. It's informed by three years of living in a Civic in San Francisco, California.



UCP is open source and licenced under a liberal Creative Commons variant: CC-BY 4.0.

You are free to:

copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.
remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.


Source code can be found in the downloads section. To contribute, send an email to [email protected] with screenshots of your modified content and the copy and assets required. This may seem wonky to consumer technology professionals, but is a first step in the bootstrap process to proper source control.

Source is available as Markdown files on github.com/harlanji/urban-camping-pro.

Financial gifts can come via Venmo - harlanji.

The Physics of Homelessness

If you are interested in helping quantify the work or developing schedules for modes beyond the baseline (Civic in SF) then we want your help. Below is some concept art:

The Physics of Homelessness poster

Doing Business While Homeless calendar - concept

Time Spent Doing Potty poster - a graph with poop schedules.