So Miamians hand out more than $40 million a year to homeless people, according to a Zogby International poll (via NBCMiami
), and that's just a rough estimate. We're guessing that if you add handouts from tourists, the homeless are raking in a bunch more.
According to Camillus House
, there are about 4,700 to 8,250 homeless people in Miami-Dade each month. Any way you cut it, there's no way any one homeless person is getting more than a few thousand from panhandling. Which we're sure helps those truly in need, but $40 million in donations to organizations such as Camillus House could go a longer way than random handouts that amount to "Fine, here is a quarter -- now leave me alone."
No word on how much of that $40 million goes to crack and MD 20/20.