Melissa S. McHugh3 months ago
This is a great experiment, and definitely an eye-opener for the people involved. However, I think awareness is just the tip of the iceberg. To play "Devil's Advocate", I've been accosted more than once by a homeless person, and the situation quickly became hostile when I've declined to give any money - which is often sparse in my world. As a result, for my own safety, I will typically go out of my way to avoid a homeless person. While we raise public awareness, I think we also need to create opportunities for our homeless community members to generate income without having to panhandle. Here in Seattle, for example, Real Change offers homeless people the option to generate income by selling the organization's magazine.