ANN ARBOR (AP) – A public awareness campaign aimed at discouraging people from giving to panhandlers in Ann Arbor is expected to launch in mid-June.
AnnArbor.com reports that a task force this week recommended starting the “Have a Heart, Give Smart” campaign.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Two Stars With Motor City Ties Lighting Up Entertainment World
The campaign is expected to encourage people to stop giving money to individuals on the street and instead make donations to local human service agencies.
It aims to target substance abuse and mental illness problems among some panhandlers.READ MORE: 23rd Annual 'A Home For The Holidays At The Grove' Comes To CBS On Sunday, December 5th
Homeless and others asking for money are a common sight in downtown Ann Arbor. Backers of the effort say they’re not seeking to eliminate panhandling altogether.
The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night on changes to the city’s solicitation ordinance to prohibit panhandling in more areas of the city.MORE NEWS: MDHHS Updates COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance For Michigan Schools
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