A homeless man in Los Angeles, California, has shunned the Democrat-run city’s temporary housing offer, opting to build his own functioning home, complete with an electricity and flower garden.
The man, only identified as ‘Q,’ built the shed on the city’s sidewalk using old planks of wood from construction sites because the temporary housing options are like “concentration camps.”
The makeshift home stands on car batteries and is decorated by plants on its exterior. The man says the shed is an upgrade from his previous living.
Hollywood Boulevard and Venice Beach have become littered with makeshift structures, rusting RVs, and sagging tents, which are common among Democrat-run cities.
The homeless man has been taking shelter inside his sidewalk shed for a few months now, saying the home ’empowers’ him.
“There’s probably better places than this, but I don’t think I’m bothering anyone here,” he said.
But local’s response to the man’s home has been somewhat mixed; while some show empathy toward him, others complain about his unwarranted residence.
“I don’t like it, it’s not good,” one woman complained.
One man, Rance Shaw, who works at City Vibes Coffee across the street from the home, says the shed doesn’t bother him.
“I don’t even know like why, or how – I mean, it’s crazy,” Shaw said. “It’s crazy, to say the least.”
“He hasn’t bothered anyone, and honestly, I’m glad that it’s right there because I feel safer with him there. For some reason – I don’t know why – it feels like he knows what he’s doing, and he’s not here to hurt anyone,” Rance said.
Another man added, “It is a little weird out there, but he is safe, and he doesn’t have to worry about someone burning his tent down.”
Some said the man’s shed indicates the city’s growing homeless population.
“It’s not OK that it’s got to this point,” one man said. “The fact that he’s here, I don’t have an issue with it.”
The homeless man, who is a former Army veteran, describes himself as ‘self-employed’ as he fixes bikes for locals, but says his goal is to become a mechanical engineer and start his own business.
The man’s decision to build the home has caused confrontations with the city’s sanitation workers, who are trying to move him on.
“I don’t know where they’re coming from or why they believe what they believe,” he said.
The city’s rampant crime-ridden state has prompted many locals, including celebrities, to flee to places like Texas, which is Republican-run.
Celebrities like Joe Rogan, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Matt Damon, and Elon Musk also jumped ship from the city over its ever-worsening homeless problem.
As a result of the worsening problem of crime and homelessness, the city is experiencing its first population decline in decades, with around 250,000 residents fleeing the city.
Mayoral candidate Rick Caruso, who is running against Democrat Karen Bass in the November election, has campaigned on the issue of homelessness and bringing an end to a steady stream of ‘career politicians like George Soros-funded DA George Gascon, whose soft crime policies have all but destroyed the city.
“People are coming to work, and I’ve talked to the executives in there, coming to work carrying human waste on their shoes because there’s so much human waste on the sidewalk, because we’ve allowed people to live in the most inhumane situation,” Caruso said.
“It’s incredible what all of our elected officials have allowed to happen. We’re allowing people to live and die in the streets in their own waste. And then we allow that to happen in front of one of the great companies of Hollywood,” Caruso added.