I've been meaning to research and write about the California homeless camps. It's upsetting to hear about people losing their children, pets and vehicles. Hard to believe.
I would MUCH rather stay on public land in the desert and do my own thing than live in a government camp/jail.
BLM camping is free for 14 days and they have some special long term camping permits.
I don't understand why all these homeless / jobless people want to stay in the cities. They should apply for food stamps and welfare and head for the country / desert.
Grow food, pick up the occasional job doing whatever you can do, there are a GAZILLION vacant lots available to rent CHEAP and some people might even let you use their land for free, maybe in exchange for some landscaping or building improvements.