My theory is that if someone needs public assistance for necessities (clothes, food, shelter, medical) because they fell on hard times, we should help them. We are a compassionate society.
We should NOT give them cash or FS though.
- We should provide assistance finding a free shelter.
- We should have a food bank that is stocked by the government where they can come for nutricious food for their family (selected by the food bank staff).
- We should have clean, used clothing they can receive if they need clothes (selected by the clothes bank staff)
- We should provide medical help if they need it.
We need to help with necessities: Food, clothes, shelter, medical assistance, but we should not provide for "wants": cable, cell phone, entertainment, stylish clothes, hair cuts, etc. If they want the extras, they should work for it.