The California homeless camps and camping in the desert

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.