When you see someone, who appears to be homeless on a street corner panhandling for money, you may be tempted to give. Our community is very well intentioned and generous, but what we don’t realize is every time we give someone on the street a few bucks, we are perpetuating panhandling by enabling those individuals to fuel their addictions, jeopardizing their safety and desire to change their lifestyles. Panhandling creates many quality of life issues for communities. However, there’s an alternative that has a much higher chance of resulting in changed lives then just indiscriminately giving out money to somebody with a cardboard sign.
Instead of giving cash handouts, it’s important for community members to find truly transformative solutions to help those in need. There are many organizations across the City, the County, and beyond that support homelessness and their efforts directly benefit the homeless population. We encourage our residents to seek out those organizations and if you choose to give donations, then choose programs that support real change in the community. Many options are available to support those in need