I live on the West-side of Las Vegas at The Lakes. In addition to the large lake, there are 8 smaller multi-tiered ponds on the West side of The Lakes where Canadian Snow Geese, at least 10 different breeds of ducks and other waterfowl reside.
In the early spring and late fall, the geese instinctively take off from these ponds and fly around the area in formation as if migrating, only to return to the pond they started their short journey from on the same day.
The waterfowl in this area stay in Las Vegas all year. These migrating birds never migrate. Why is this? It could be the fact the water is warm, they get fed every day and there are no predators or hunters. They have no reason to leave.
In my area and all throughout Las Vegas, especially in the more affluent neighborhoods, there are panhandlers. They have signs saying they need food and work and with the amount of money they take in each day, you would think they could acquire housing, food and eventually jobs, taking them off the streets. Some of them have been working the same corners for years. They just won't leave. Why is that?
Because you keep feeding them! It's a numbers game.
Let's take the intersection of Ft. Apache and Charleston. The same 5 or six panhandlers have been working this intersection for the past three years. The two gals, the old guy with the shopping cart, the old guy with the orange vest, a couple of other guests and the guy who acts like their handler. All have smart phones. If you live in the area, you know who I am speaking of.
Stop feeding the professional panhandlers. Some of them are making more money then you. They have no reason to change careers and move on. What gets me is some of the locals have been paying the same people for years. Is this guilt money or are people just easily shaken down?
1) Stop giving them money. If you are feeling generous, there are plenty of local charities you can support like the Rescue Mission and Three Squared.
2) Push the sheriff to start enforcing the panhandling and traffic laws that are on the books.