The best thing that happened in our town was all the churches and charities went together and opened a Caring Center. Several people in town had developed a mini-business of hitting every church and charity for handouts. Now, they are referred to the Caring Center which does have the resources and staff to take care of those in need. They don't get money, but they get food, clothing, utilities bill help, counseling, and connected with the appropriate government agency for help getting back on their feet. It has worked out great. The best part is the professional panhandler/druggie groups have left town.