Many times, the money that is given to a panhandling homeless individual can be used to aid addiction, such as drugs or alcohol. It may also provide short-term relief that keeps people from accepting social service support geared for the long term. Money that people give to homeless individuals who panhandle on the street can be better served for the services that provide food, clothing, shelters/housing, or drug/alcohol/mental health rehabilitation. These are all services that people experiencing homelessness can access. For more information, please visit the Homelessness Resources Page.