Surprisingly, Most Panhandlers Are Not Homeless

In most people’s minds, panhandling obviously implies homelessness because if you have a home, why would you beg on the street corner? But according to both the Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma, and the Northeast Ohio Coallition for the Homeless, research shows that most panhandlers really are just trying to get extra cash, which they generally use to feed substance addictions. And conversely, most homeless people do not panhandle. Which makes sense, considering the availability of welfare programs for the impoverished.

Need cash for alcohol research

Probably the worst example you’re likely to see of a panhandler taking advantage of the misconception that panhandlers are destitute, is this elderly woman that drives a brand new car, who was caught by one of her benefactors:

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