Do you think we should be giving money to homeless people?

Jump to Last Post 1-6 of 6 discussions (6 posts)
  1. CanadaCass profile image60
    CanadaCassposted 3 years ago

    Do you think we should be giving money to homeless people?

    It seems like an obvious answer, yes. But some homeless people take money and spend it on drugs, and what happens is they don't get better at all, should we be opening more shelters, should we be giving them food instead? whats your opinion on the matter?

    https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/12123110_f260.jpg

  2. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 3 years ago

    The large majority of homeless people do not want to be homeless. I see nothing wrong with handing a couple of dollars to a homeless person. What is the worst they will do with it? Maybe go to a liquor store and get some alcohol to numb their sad life for a night? It has always irked me when I hear people complain that homeless people will just buy alcohol with the money. Not only is that an insult to all homeless people, but it is also ignorant. A large amount of people who aren't homeless have a drink here and there. If the homeless person wants to be normal for a day so be it.
    However I have started making "homeless bags" to hand out. Basic needs, some meds, snacks, and a couple of dollars for whatever they would like to use it on. Some homeless people are lowlifes and others are just people who are lost.
    My family was homeless in 2013. We are not drug addicts or pill heads. We didn't blow our money on petty items. We had serious medical issues that resulted in job loss, followed with lots of other issues that led us without a home. Through the generosity of others (many here on HP) and hard work we are back to a normal life.
    People should give what they feel comfortable with. More shelters should be opened, and there needs to be a focus on family shelters which are far and few between in many areas. For example there are no shelters in my area that will take a family without splitting boy children from their mothers and placing them with many other homeless men if they are over the age of 10. I would rather sleep in a car than allow my sons to be placed in with 100 random men. There also needs to be more education to the general public about homeless people. My husband and I are both college educated people. Yet when we were homeless we were looked down at like we stupid. Sorry but the topic of homeless people hits close to home and irks me a bit because of the many assumptions people make.

  3. Lady_E profile image67
    Lady_Eposted 3 years ago

    If you can, why not? If I spot them, I usually get a few groceries and place it gently before them. Once a homeless man was asleep and I left a loaf of bread by his side, for when he woke up.

    Some people abuse being homeless, but follow your heart.

  4. profile image0
    Stargrrlposted 3 years ago

    I think we should give money to shelters so that they can provide food and shelter, not the homeless people themselves--because you're right, they may not spend it wisely.  My problem is that if I see a couple of homeless people on the street, I know if I give one of them money, I'll feel obliged to give all of them money, to be fair, and I don't have a lot of money myself.  So giving to an organization that helps homeless people makes more sense.

  5. connorj profile image79
    connorjposted 3 years ago

    https://usercontent2.hubstatic.com/12124017_f260.jpg

    There primary need is what Abraham Maslow placed on the bottom of his Self-Actualization Pyramid, food, shelter, and clothing. Money is more of an indirect benefit/solution; although it has potential if exchanged for food, shelter and/or clothing.  Thus the focus on long-term solutions for shelter, providing food and clothing should be the priority.
    Although sometimes it does indeed become a mental health issue; thus, the solution is to treat the mental issue and simultaneously provide stability through shelter, food and clothing.

  6. lisavollrath profile image95
    lisavollrathposted 3 years ago

    I used to live and work on Capitol Hill in DC. Every morning, I'd walk from my apartment behind the Supreme Court building, to a bagel shop on Pennsylvania Avenue, where there were always dozens of homeless people, sleeping on the Metro grates, or pandhandling for change. I often ran into my coworkers at the bagel shop, where we'd chip in, and buy a bag of plain bagels, to give to one of the homeless guys as we walked to our office. In all the time I lived on the Hill, I never gave a homeless person money, but I gave them food regularly.

    I don't think giving someone who is down and out money is a bad thing, but I think what these folks need is services. Mental health care, rehab, programs to help them get their lives back on track, temporary housing or assistance with permanent housing, job training. Basically, whatever hand they need to get back on their feet.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)