Giving money to panhandlers may make us feel good for a moment, but cash spent on feeding addictions shortens the life of homeless individuals and supports their ability to live on the street rather than get permanent help. So what makes us feel good in the short term is not good in the long term.
There’s another way to help. Give to charities that provide meals, medical attention, case management and housing services that get people off the streets and focused on long-term solutions. Reducing homelessness requires all of us to say, “No,” to panhandlers, which will help create a cleaner and safer environment for everyone.
Family Reconnection Program 805-302-1660
Turning Point Foundation 805-652-0596
Project Understanding 805-652-1326
Salvation Army - 805-648-5032
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul 805-487-1558
Ventura Social Services Task Force
Homeless Prevention Fund - www.vhpf.net
Homeless One Stop Center - Every Tuesday 10 - 1pm, 3147 Loma Vista Road, Ventura
Homeless Assistance Hotline - Monday - Saturday 8 - 4pm, 805-639-3600