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RFK Jr proposes federal solution to end homelessness: 'More important than funding wars'

Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. proposed using federal housing vouchers to combat homelessness, saying it’s “more important than funding wars.”

Kennedy published a video on Monday in front of a homeless encampment south of Market Street in San Francisco.

“This is the Mission District south of Market [Street] and this is one of hundreds of street corners in San Francisco that has been occupied now by the homeless, by plastic shanties, by tents, and by people who are sleeping in the open air,” Kennedy said in front of a tent.


“And we ought to be doing that,” Kennedy said. “It’s more important than funding wars, it’s more important than funding overseas adventures.”

“We need to take care of Americans. Thirty-five percent of Americans today are on the precipice of ending up on a corner like this,” Kennedy claimed. “Thirty-five percent of Americans do not make enough money to pay for their basic human needs, for transportation, for housing, and for food, and they are on a cliff where any of them could end up here.”

“We need to rebuild our nation from the ground up, and that’s what I’m going to do as president,” Kennedy said.

Locals told the San Francisco Chronicle that Harrison Street had been “taken over” by encampments for the past three years and was in “terrible shape.” Neighbors described being threatened with violence as they passed by encampments. They revealed they were forced to take action because they didn’t have help from the city. 

“We’re a growing group of 50+ neighbors who want to make our street more beautiful… But the city won’t do it for us, so we are taking the lead and doing it ourselves,” the neighbors said on their GoFundMe page. They said the 1400-lb. planters were suggested by District Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s office because they were “too heavy to move and they compliment the streetscape.”

Fox News Digital’s Kristine Parks contributed reporting.

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