Living in Oakland has changed my stance on the homeless. I used to want to give badly, but now I get scammed a lot. I go to a gas station that’s only 30 seconds walk away from the front door to the apartment, for cigarettes, and they used to post a security guard. However they let him go during covid and now beggars are all over the place. The most common request is “I need gas money.” I’ve given to these people before, then they show up a week later asking for the same exact thing. If you don’t give them money, half of them are nice but the other half start cussing you out or intimidating you.
I don’t give to anybody more than once. I am more generous with cigarettes than I am with money though.
@77nick77 has a good point. I’d let the people with super excess bucks do the donating.