How panhandlers spend your money - MoneySense

How panhandlers spend your money

MoneySense breaks down where the money you donate to a panhandler goes

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Most of us want to help those who are less fortunate, but we worry the money could be used to fuel addictions rather than to provide food and shelter. It’s not perfect, but the result of a survey of Toronto panhandlers published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal helps to paint a picture of how your spare change is used. The survey revealed that the median amount collected by panhandlers is $300 a month. They also collect about $200 a month from other sources like welfare.

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