Eric is homeless in San Francisco.
Eric relocated to the area trying to get his birth certificate. Without proper identification, it’s nearly impossible to get support. He has been on the streets for six years!
Eric has tried homeless shelters and transitional programs. He shares that after a short period of time, they kick people back out onto the streets. Eric also says shelters are horrible places suggesting that people should not believe what they read and go check out the shelters for themselves.
The public believes homeless people make a lot of money panhandling but the truth is begging for money is demeaning and dangerous. While panhandling, people spit on you, call you names, pour hot coffee on you, and throw objects with the intent of causing harm. It’s a horrible way to raise a few dollars but when people don’t have an income they have to survive somehow.