These problems are best addressed by trained, knowledgeable caregivers. By giving money to someone on the street who claims to be homeless or hungry, you may unwittingly be supporting addiction, or funding someone who actually has a place to live.
It’s impossible to tell!
At the same time, you’re enabling a panhandling culture to develop, in which more and more people come downtown to request money.
It’s a snowball effect that gradually erodes the friendliness and appeal of the downtown district, driving visitors, residents, and shoppers away.