WUSA 9 Covers Proposed “Hand Up” Panhandling Initiative in Prince William County

WUSA 9 Covers Proposed “Hand Up” Panhandling Initiative in Prince William County

Thank you Matt Gregory of WUSA 9 for coming to Prince William County, Virginia to cover a recently-introduced initiative to reduce panhandling in our community (watch his story below). Proposed by the County Executive, it takes a compassionate, comprehensive approach, with a goal of creating lasting change.
 
It looks at connecting panhandlers with needed resources to find a way past challenging circumstances, while also shifting the mindset of those who give to focus their donations on community groups providing such resources. This second part is meant to make panhandling less lucrative, particularly along roadways, rather than just moving the activity from one corner or shopping plaza to the next. The proposal also includes a jobs program that could offer substitute income.
 
In a county of nearly half a million people, if just 2% of our population give $10 a month, that would raise more than $1 million in one year to support those in need. To learn more about the initiative and community partners already offering services, visit the County’s new website pwcva.gov/panhandling.