For people fortunate enough to have extra money in their pockets, giving it away can be fraught with stress. The decision to give or not to give money to homeless people has real-world consequences. This question is not concerned with the legality of giving money, but rather with the moral and ethical dilemma that goes along with it.
Once that money has changed hands, you relinquish control over what the other person does with it.
They may spend it on drugs or alcohol
They may gamble it away
A disproportionally high percentage of the homeless population have gambling problems.
Homeless people experience many problems beyond lack of housing, and they're not going to fix those with the change you give them on the street.
They may not feel pressure to save
The amount of money made on the streets varies day to day, but each dollar earned in a day may reduce the incentive to save.
They may not feel pressure to seek employment
Beggars make easy money. Contributing to them further reduces the incentive to seek employment.
If you were homeless, you'd want someone to help you out with money.
It shows solidarity
Giving money shows that you care. Lifting someone's spirits may be more valuable than the money itself.
It doesn't matter what they do with the money
Whether they spend it on food or drugs, it doesn't matter how the homeless person uses it.
It will make you feel good.
Acts of kindness are oftentimes more for the person doing the act than the recipient.
The Ripple Effect
Giving a dollar to one person may end up helping more people down the line.
Acts of kindness are often more for the person doing the action than the recipient. It's simple: doing good makes us feel good.
Charities know what to do with the money, and your donation can help more people more effectively.
Charities know what beggars really need
They can't do anything bad with food.
Giving something other money shows that you care
Food is a basic necessity
Everyone needs to eat. Giving food to a homeless person eliminates the step of them needing to buy it themselves and they can save their money for something else.
This page was last edited on Monday, 27 Apr 2020 at 16:34 UTC