[Hpn] Ads to Discourage Direct Donations to the Homeless

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Ads to Discourage Direct Donations to the Homeless
By BENJAMIN SARLIN
Special to the Sun

http://www.nysun.com/article/72295


March 4, 2008

The city is launching an ad campaign discouraging New Yorkers from =
giving money, food, and clothing to homeless people and asking them to =
call 311 for help instead.

"Giving money to a panhandler may seem like you're being compassionate," =
Mayor Bloomberg said today at City Hall. "But you're really not helping =
that person long term, and just keeping that person going in a life that =
is probably going to continue to spiral out of control."

Mr. Bloomberg also announced a 12% reduction in the city's homeless =
population, the third straight year it has declined. While Mr. Bloomberg =
credited new shelter programs from the Department of Homeless Services =
and cooperation from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for =
bringing the numbers down, he said that New Yorkers could do more by =
halting donations to the homeless, which he said are counterproductive =
and prevent people from seeking help.

"When you see a homeless person who looks like he or she is struggling, =
if you really want to do something for that person, pick up the phone =
and call 311, so that we can send out a professional who can really =
help," Mr. Bloomberg said.

The ads, which feature black-and-white pictures of homeless persons, =
will be featured in subway cars and stations throughout the city. "Give =
the homeless the kind of change they can really use," one ad reads.

















New Hampshire Homeless
Founded 11-28-99
25 Granite Street
Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 USA
Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights.
1-603-286-2492
http://www.missingkids.com
http://www.nationalhomeless.org
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<P>Mr. Bloomberg also announced a 12% reduction in the city's homeless=20
population, the third straight year it has declined. While Mr. Bloomberg =

credited new shelter programs from the Department of Homeless Services =
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cooperation from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for bringing =
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help.</P>
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