Indianapolis to Discourage Panhandling with Donation Boxes

By Rachel Agler

Indianapolis to Discourage Panhandling with Donation Boxes

June 18, 2010 Updated May 22, 2008 at 8:01 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indianapolis will install tamperproof donation boxes at downtown locations frequented by panhandlers in an effort to discourage begging.

A spokesman for Mayor Greg Ballard says the mayor and advocates
for the homeless will unveil the boxes Thursday. The money placed in the boxes will go to groups that help the homeless.

Earlier this year, Ballard announced tighter enforcement of the city's panhandling laws. He also began a public awareness campaign to encourage people to give to charities rather than panhandlers.

The Mayor has also suggested that panhandlers buy a license as
street vendors do.

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