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Post Reply Being homeless in Los Angeles, Do you help or ignore or just don't care?
Posted 1/7/14
Is this a "what would you do" on CR? haha.

I would offer the homeless person something.
They can either take it our reject. Don't want to force anything on them
since most of them have pride actually.

I always give away money for anything. Honestly, some of us are blessed and we see that but others aren't
so helping out is a must if the opportunity is given.
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I honestly wouldn't give anyone anything because what cause them to be in this predicament to begin with? From what I have read your situation I can never imagine but at the same time you did something to get back on your feet. The phrase "Help me help you" is what I go by honestly. How can I help you when you can't help yourself? People preserver through the tough times. If possible I would help them by getting a job somewhere so they can get back on their two feet. If a person suddenly get laid off and trying to look for work then I would help them with the best of my ability. If they are just being lazy and want a hand out then they can forget about that nonsense. I have worked for everything I have owned since I was 16 so believe me when I say hard work make things happen.
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Posted 1/7/14
I don't believe in charity unless it helps the recipient become independent of it
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Posted 1/7/14
just in LA? i guess i can't say much then lol... but i think homelessness is sad anywhere... even if you see disgusting things and people scamming, that means someone somewhere didn't teach them right from wrong.. or something went badly in life and they lost any sense of decency
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Posted 1/7/14
Growing up in a place where there are literal nipple-tons of homeless people, I'd probably give the poor bastard food and/or water. If I had any to spare. Otherwise tough luck- it's a pretty hard-ass world, with plenty of people getting boned. Can't save 'em all.
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Posted 1/7/14
I try to give a bit of change when asked (in NJ/NYC... I've never been to LA) but I don't always.

While some people are undoubtedly running a scam, I don't believe that anyone sets out to be homeless by choice - especially in the middle of winter.
Posted 1/7/14
Live in a small black hole that's never been exposed to daylight. No one has helped me. I feel pain and hunger as well.
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Posted 1/11/14
I only give things to the homeless when I know that they actually are saving the money. Some homeless people just spend the money they get on alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine, etc. and don't actually use the money for things they need.
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Posted 1/11/14
My Asian parents always doesn't want me to give anything, but when they aren't look I give money. I only give to people that look like that they will use it for good purposes.

But I naked a homeless man did sort of chase me down a street, proudly showing his........ um....

When I was at a McDonald (free wifi) daily for a few months (school was near by to it) I sometime gave money to homeless that beg, but because I remember faces so well I don't double give money. And there is where all the other customers there give me the stare of death. One time they stole USB and smashed it against the floor. (My USBs are very tough and hard to break.) And those are the people I remember to never give anything. One time one person sort of followed me back to the school, but I jolted in so they couldn't do what ever thing to me.
Posted 1/11/14
You should always be good to others but within reason... You can't give too much too often, just do good things for others randomly! If there's a cause you believe in donate. If you see someone really having a hard time offer them your words and your presence and try to cheer them up. It's the little things that count, it doesn't always have to be about money
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Posted 1/11/14
My standard operating procedure is to politely refuse, so at the very least they know that they have not been ignored. But having dealt with so many rude panhandlers and grifters in the past, I don't give money or anything else to them. Quite frankly, its one part not trusting them to actually use the money for food and shelter and one part believing in the 'hand up not hand out' philosophy. But, I don't have the resources or the interpersonal skills to get people jobs and am not about to let someone I don't know into my house. So, instead I give money and goods (like food, toiletries, etc) to charitable organizations that meet the needs of the homeless, battered women, mentally ill, drug and alcohol addicted, etc. and have programs in place to help them get back on their feet--organizations that I've researched to ensure that the majority of the donations actually go to the people who need them. Not all homeless people are dishonest but not all charities are honest either.
Posted 1/11/14 , edited 1/11/14
It is so sad that some people live on the streets...I must admit that I'm not good at talking with people I don't know and I have a homeless friend just because he came to me....

I have 3 brothers and one of them is a drug addict...when people have a addiction, they will do anything to get their drug even when they try to leave it...I have seen it personally, how my brother struggles and how he wants to change but then falls and doesn't accept help.

When I see young people asking for money, I just wonder if they are the same as my brother and I feel sad. However, one day I was waiting for the light rail and this guy who looked like 18 was asking for money, asking for 25cents to eat. I looked into my wallet and I just had $50....since he reminded me of my brother, I gave him the $50 and he looked at me with such eyes!!!! he repeated "thank you, thank you" over and over again! his eyes saw me as if I was a god or something and I just smiled but I felt pretty sad....I will never forget the look on his eyes, it was obvious that it was the first time someone gave him that much...which is nothing really.

And because of this, when they ask with humbleness, I will give $ as long as I can. (or buy them food but I'm always running here and there and don't have time to accompany the person to buy food).
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Posted 1/11/14
I used to live in L.A., but I only ever saw a few homeless off of the highway exit ramps now and then. But, that was a long time ago, when I was still a kid. I'm more familiar with the homeless in San Francisco (There are TONS of homeless, especially when you're heading towards Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39) and a lot of homeless in the South. I, myself was homeless, once as well.

So, while I can't tell you specifically about the L.A. Homeless, I can say this:

I never ignore the homeless. I've been heavily involved in ministries and charities helping the homeless (Even operated one in the past) and the reason why I never ignore them is because I know from experience, that for every person you find out there who is running a scam to get cash, there are 100 people who are mentally ill, physically disabled, hopelessly addicted, or just had a string of horrible financial luck, who sincerely need your help. And if you get into the mindset of: "Oh, this guy/lady doesn't really need a handout, or they're just trying to get a beer", you'll turn a cold shoulder to countless people who are slowing starving to death or freezing in the cold.

At the very least, if you are that afraid that someone is going to take your dollar or two and use it to shoot up, I always say give to reputable charities online that help the homeless. Food pantries, ministries, housing initiatives, etc...

I recommend using the following link to make sure they are reputable too, before giving:

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?Submit2=GO&bay=search.results&cgid=6&cuid=28

There are free spirits who want to be nomads on the streets, there are grifters who aren't homeless at all. But the vast majority of people are truly in need and some die out there because they don't have help.
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Posted 1/12/14
I wouldn't feel bad since they are in LA, the temperature doesn't go to like -30 degrees, it's a pretty temperate climate. When the cold spell hit the midwest I felt really bad for the homeless though, there aren't a terribly high number around where I live though...
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Posted 1/12/14
Never been to L.A. but I don't really care in general.
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