Re: BURNABY B.C. INSTALLS 'PANHANDLING METERS'

Stephen Twig Meeks (s_meeks99@yahoo.com)
Thu, 7 Oct 1999 10:22:50 -0700 (PDT)


Good Idea?

Read the article on panhandling meters......

The money goes to food banks and service
providers.....
NOT to the homeless themselves......

If the services available were able to take care of
the needs of homeless individuals, and they had fair
wages, there would be no need to panhandle.....\

Yes, many people feel that to give money would support
alcohol/drug habits......

An alternative to this would be vouchers that people
could purchase....and give those to panhandlers.....

....These vouchers would be good for things like
coffee, food, hygiene products, socks, etc... the
neccesary needs to stay alive.....

This way the "donation" gets to the hands of the
homeless....and not filling the coffers of housed
beuracratic service providers, whose majority of their
budget is for administration and salaries rather than
directly helping homeless individuals....

Peace and Solidarity;

Stephen "Twig" Meeks

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