Mayor Bill de Blasio claims some panhandlers are doing it for fun, yet in my opinion many are doing so because they are homeless and have no income.
Many are addicts and mentally ill, or just those who have fallen on hard times, like veterans who have found it hard to deal with the high cost of housing. They have no choice but to panhandle.
What is the de Blasio administration doing to help the many in great need? I see quite a few panhandlers in Glen Oaks Village, and quite a few of our residents and businesses find this troubling.
I found myself homeless in 1975 after my release from the U.S. Navy, and was forced to ask for spare change until I got help from a stranger with a room until my financial situation got better.
I truly feel their pain and ask the city to do more.
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.
Glen Oaks Village