ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – One major city is using Albuquerque as an example when it comes to working with panhandlers.
Albuquerque launched “There’s a Better Way” program last year.
It helps connect panhandlers to the resources they need including hiring them to clean and do other projects across the city.
Signs were posted around the city to encourage people who wanted to help panhandlers to donate money online rather than to the person directly.
Now, city councilors in Dallas are looking at adopting a similar plan, citing the success Albuquerque had.
“It’s a testament to our community’s heart to really care about those in most need and now we have other parts of the country replicating our own success story and we should be proud,” said Gilbert Montano with the City.
The city says they have more than 200 people who have been part of the program who now have permanent jobs. They’ve also helped hundreds get the help they need while they are still panhandling.
The Dallas plan is pending city council approval, but could go into effect by next summer.