Commonwealth Policy Center

Panhandling seems to be on the increase, especially in our bigger cities. How do you respond when an able-bodied person asks you for money? In the case of a Ryan Bray of Bradenton Florida, he offered an apparent homeless man $15 an hour to do yard work. The homeless man, who wouldn’t give his name, refused the offer. So Bray, made up his own sign and alerted others that the man turned down honest work and an opportunity to earn $15 an hour. Bray thought it was better to give the homeless man a hand-up than a hand-out. Sometimes people may truly need a handout. But in the case of the able-bodied what they need more than anything is to attain the dignity of working and providing for themselves.