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“Never do for the poor what they have (or could have) the capacity to do for themselves...To give an emergency response to a chronic need is to harm people...[and] as Hippocrates admonished: above all, do no harm.”

Robert D. Lupton, “Toxic Charity”


  • "Toxic Charity" by Robert D. Lupton link
  • "When Helping Hurts" by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert link
  • "The Tragedy of American Compassion" by Marvin Olasky link
  • "Invisible Neighbors" by John Ashmen link

Other Resources:

  • "Downtown Panhandling" Dallas, Texas download
  • "Lakewood Tent City, a Last Resort for the Homeless, Faces Eviction" download
  • "Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?: Homelessness, Panhandling, and the Public" download
  • Police Guide on Panhandling download