Not so this man from Los Angeles. Elvis Summers met 60-year-old Smokie, who had been sleeping on a patch of dirt near his home, after she called to his house once to ask for recycling materials to exchange for cash.
After getting to know her, he allowed her to regularly rummage through his recycling, but wished he could do more for the mother, who has been living on the streets for 10 years.
So, inspired by a story of another man from Oakland who had built mini houses out of discarded materials, Elvis spent $500 on the necessary materials to provide Smokie with a home of her own.
Having nowhere to actually construct the building, he set about building it on the street and after five days he handed the keys over to an overjoyed Smokie.
He had even thought to build it on wheels so it can be easily moved around in order to appease the local law enforcement.
Elvis told The Good News Network: "The local LAPD cops have been super cool, and have told me they support it - as long as we move it to a different spot every 72 hours."
But that's not all. The story has gone viral and Elvis has been inundated with requests for more homes.
So he has started a Go Fund Me page in order to raise money "to build tiny houses for homeless women, men, children, US veterans and families who are homeless."
The page, which aims to collect $50,000 for 100 shelters - based on how much Summers spent on building the house for Smokie - has raised more than $11,100 as of today.