Why you need to stop giving money to the homeless in South Africa
“We are constantly reminding residents about the harm in giving money directly to street people. While they may think they’re doing a good deed, in reality, it only discourages street people from accepting social services,” Smith said.
“Often the donations obtained on the street will actively prevent reintegration.”
“While members of the public will complain about the structures erected and activities undertaken by street people, they will often also continue to incentivise such behaviour through donations directly to the street person while forgetting about the person who leaves the street to return home or moves to a shelter.”
Smith indicated that the city still encourages people to donate directly to the NGOs working with street persons.
My comment: I support the Night Haven Shelter and Cart Horse Society in Cape Town. Not only does the money get used for legitimate care, it is also deductible from my personal income tax. It's a win-win!