Why say “no” to panhandling?

  • Cash given to panhandlers will most likely be used to buy alcohol or drugs.
  • Most panhandlers are not homeless.
  • For some, panhandling is a profession and at times, a lucrative one.
  • Homelessness is not the problem for truly needy panhandlers, but rather a symptom of underlying problems. They need help, not handouts.

It is important to note that street vendors, outdoor performers and other people providing a legitimate service are not panhandlers.


What else is the City doing to help neighbors in need?

Allumbaugh House: Funded through a partnership involving Boise, Meridian, Ada County, Health and Welfare, United Way, Saint Al’s and St. Lukes, the Allumbaugh House provides sobering, detox and crisis mental health services.

10-Year Plan to Reduce and Prevent Chronic Homelessness: A strategy community plan providing housing and case management services to the chronically homeless.

Continuum of Care: The Continuum of Care is a community plan to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency. It includes action steps to end homelessness and prevent a return to homelessness.


How can you help?

  • Donate your money to legitimate organizations dedicated to helping people in need.Click here for a list.
  • Volunteer your time to organizations and service agencies addressing this issue.
  • Become more knowledgeable about panhandling and homelessness by visiting local service agencies to learn of other ways you can help.