Say No To Panhandling, Yes To Giving

troche arial, discount sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>The Simi Valley Police Department encourages citizens in the holiday spirit of giving to help those in need by giving donations of time, money, or goods this holiday season directly to local service providers. 

Many compassionate and generous residents believe that giving money to a panhandler is assisting a homeless person. Unfortunately studies show these generous contributions most likely will be used to purchase drugs or alcohol instead of helping a person in need. According to the United States Department of Justice, many studies have found that only a small percentage of homeless people panhandle and only a small percentage of panhandlers are homeless.

Resources are available for businesses, which are interested in making slight adjustments to their property to promote an environment free of panhandling. Additionally, brochures and referral cards are available for residents and business owners who would like to assist in educating the community on the importance of saying no to panhandling. For information on assisting the homeless population or resources available for businesses, please visit www.simivalley.org/CitizenAdvisoror call the Community Services Department at (805) 583-6861.

While passive panhandling is legal, panhandlers that are aggressive or behaving in a disorderly manner should be reported to the Police Department by calling 911 or (805) 583-6950.

By saying no to panhandling, and yes to giving, the community will benefit and resources can be provided to those truly in need.

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One Response to Say No To Panhandling, Yes To Giving

  1. William "Bill" Hicks November 24, 2016 at 8:44 am

    For those that are members of a Church, there’s usually a food bank that you can donate to. Some even have an event of unwrapped children presents available.

    If you live in The Conejo Valley, Calvary Community Church provides both. I’m sure there are other Churches in the community that do the same.

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