Do ‘homeless meters’ curb panhandling?
San Francisco, Denver, Baltimore and several other cities have installed “homeless meters” on their downtown sidewalks in an effort to discourage residents from giving money directly to panhandlers. Instead, good Samaritans can deposit money in the meters to support homelessness programs in the city. However, Seattle discontinued a similar program after advocates claimed the meters were an attempt to drive the homeless from the community.
Is panhandling a problem and, if so, are homeless meters an effective way of dealing with it?
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