>> San Francisco's homeless tent cities are under siege with a law on the ballot Tuesday to tear them down.>> I'm Reuters correspondent Rory Carroll in San Francisco at the site of one of the many homeless tent encampments that have sprung up around the city in recent years.
San Francisco's homeless population has exploded, and question about what to do and where to put people that can't find housing has become a major issue, a point of controversy in San Francisco. Proposition Q, as it's called, is seen by some as pitting the tech industry, which has pushed the rent here up into the stratosphere.
Against the city's poorest residents, like Steve Goff, who survives on disability benefits and handouts.>> I get $973 a month, in this city that doesn't go far. Other places that be okay, but that's not much money here. It costs you $400 a month to park your car in this city, for real.
>> Goff ended up on the street after he got out of prison, where he spent over three decades for bank robberies across the US. He's been living here in the mission district for three years, but it's where also many tech billionaires call home.>> In Proposition Q, it's tech billionaires, primarily, who are funding the proposition to take away people's tents.
And so the optics on that is really gross, so, you have billionaires with a ton of money and instead of investing that in housing for homeless people. They're investing it the ton of money to pass a political campaign to rip people's tents away.>> Those who support Proposition Q argue it's not compassionate to let people lived in tents on the street, where it's both dangerous and unhealthy.
But it's not like the city can't move homeless people off the sidewalks now. They can, and a camp nearby Goff's was just ordered to pack up. Proposition Q specifically bans tents on public sidewalks without a city permit. But the city would be required to offer shelter or pay a bus ticket out of town.
And opponents of the bill say it's not a promise the city can keep.