5. Reduce Chronic Panhandling
A public education campaign through signs and fliers has helped Albuquerque address chronic panhandling.
Educating the public on statistics like the following could help:
$5 given to a panhandler can feed 1 person a meal, but may not go for food at all.
$5 given to a shelter/meal kitchen can feed 7 people.
$5 given to the food bank can feed 20 people.
50 of these signs would cost our city $2000 and could be placed in the 50 most trafficked panhandling areas in the City of Olympia.
Along with city-sponsored work opportunities, these could dramatically cut down on enabling the massive numbers of people refusing shelter and services.