Homeless San Franciscan admits he chose to live on the streets: ‘They pay you to be homeless here’

A San Francisco man says “it’s pretty f*cking easy” to be homeless there because the city is funding it.

Michael Shellenberger, author of the book “San Fransicko,” says that in researching the project he interviewed hundreds of homeless people around the California city. A clip of one of those interviews posted was of James, a homeless man who is said to have moved from Texas to live on the streets of San Fransisco because, as James states, “I mean, if we’re going to be realistic, they pay you to be homeless here.”

James said all it took was a phone call for him to begin getting payments of $620 a month in welfare and an additional $200 a month in food stamps.

“This is literally by choice,” James said of his decision to live on the streets.

“Why would I wanna pay rent? I’m not doing sh*t,” he added before pointing out that he has a cell phone with streaming services and the cops aren’t doing anything regarding laws against encampments.

James also explained how he trades his food stamps for cash to buy drugs like fentanyl that he has sold to minors.

“People are attracted to San Francisco because it offers the most generous benefits,” Shellenberger told “Fox & Friends” co-host Will Cain.

(Video: Fox News)

The increased lawlessness on the streets has brought many to speak out against California leadership.

Matt Stayner, a Los Angeles resident joined “America’s Newsroom” on the Fox News Channel to discuss how residents feel about the crime wave and homelessness.

(Video: Fox News)

When asked by host Bill Hemmer why such rampant homelessness is allowed, Stayner responded by saying, “I don’t know. It was a huge mistake for us to defund the police here.  We don’t have enough people on the street to help us out.”

Stayner went on to explain how his own son was stabbed by a homeless man. “Fortunately LA County sheriffs were there to arrest the attacker and my son is fine,” but of the decreased police presence he added, “that absence has really been painful for us.”

“There were shootings, sexual assaults, open drug usage,” Stayner said when describing a local park that became an encampment, driving him and others to get involved.

When discussing the leadership in his area and California overall, he said without more people like LA Country Sheriff Alex Villanueva who have spoken out against the crime wave, “it’s going to stay the same and that’s really frustrating.”

Sheriff Villanueva has been vocally outspoken against political decisions making that harm police capabilities in combatting crime.  Most recently he issued a statement about a county decision to move forward with their vaccine mandates that threaten over 4,000 county employees’ jobs.

With an over 94 percent increase in the murder rate and in the middle of a hiring freeze, Villanueva called the decision a “suicide pact,” and stated the decision could put him in, “a position to lose 5, 10% of my workforce overnight on a vaccine mandate.”


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