I was saying don’t give money to a homeless person, someone who might destructively spend it. Instead, donate to a charity/shelter where you can make sure they will spend the money on necessities to support the…
That’s why you have to do research on what charities you donate to. You pointed out that people who aren’t homeless use drugs and alcohol. True and thank you for your wording. They use the substance.
An estimated 50 percent of individuals experiencing homelessness with a mental illness also have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. - National Healthcare for the Homeless Clinician’s Network
Does that sound like a statistic that can also be applied to people who aren’t homeless?
You have power over homeless people. You feel entitled to have power over homeless people. You feel very comfortable encouraging other people to exercise their power over homeless people.
This policing of poverty by those who are not living in poverty pervades the dominant culture in the U.S. and other places as well.
I could write 100 pages on how this manifests in practice with examples and analysis. But it all just boils down to: you feel entitled to dictate what people who are homeless do and do not do. Period. You’ve reduced adults in dire circumstances to children that you think might misbehave and can’t be trusted to make their own decisions.
That’s wrong. No matter how you slice it. Having five bucks when someone else doesn’t, does not make you their life coach. It doesn’t make you their parent, it doesn’t make you the Arbiter of Good Decisions and Ultimo Dictator of Appropriate Spending.