Use the hand-up approach

By From page A6 | July 03, 2014

As I understood Lawson Snipes’ remarks, he is fine with discouraging out-of-town panhandlers, and in favor of handing out money to individual local panhandlers.

How, then, can many Davis visitors and residents totally know the difference between the locals and non-locals, especially when both will often wave signs?

Also, some wonder, does that money truly go to items of necessity or more to cigarettes and alcohol? This is a legitimate concern because I know cigarettes are quite expensive.

I also ask why some locals have been unable to break the vicious cycle of homelessness for whatever reasons.

I do not agree that money going toward helpful social agencies hinders the locals. After all, the approach needs to be a hand up and not an enabling hand-out. Also, as before when the War on Poverty program was formed in the ’60s, people still have to be effectively taught how to help them help themselves.

Truly, this “stakeholders group” seems to be going in that hand-up direction.

Kathryn  Marr

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