When it comes to helping those facing homelessness, it is common to see people giving money to those in need. However, many say that we should not be giving money to those facing homelessness because they will spend it on drugs rather than something more substantial. There are pros and cons to giving money to those facing homelessness: the money could be well spent on necessities, or continue to trap someone in a cycle of homelessness.
When asked to help a particular cause, our minds often jump to the idea of giving monetary donations. For many, this notion may make assisting a cause unappealing or impossible due to financial circumstances. Contrary to popular belief, donating is only one of the many ways that we can aid a relief effort. For example, free ways to relieve the homelessness crisis may not be evident initially but are nonetheless abundant and accessible to most individuals.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the two U.S states with the highest rates of homelessness are California and New York. As of 2020, in California, 126 out of every 10,000 people are experiencing homelessness; and in New York, 94 out of every 10,000 people. Going further with California, the city of San Francisco has the fourth-highest rate of people that experience homelessness in the nation, along with the country’s highest housing wage, which could be problematic for low-income individuals to secure and maintain affordable housing in the area. This causes the rate of homelessness to increase year by year, especially in major cities.